Gorilla Forest Camp – Uganda

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda. This camp is one of the most remote and atmospheric in Africa.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest impresses with a truly theatrical landscape – this is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges. And it is here, on a flat ridge high in the forest, that Sanctuary’s Gorilla Forest Camp is tucked away. This is the ideal base for encounters with the mountain gorillas that live in Bwindi.

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Gorilla Forest Camp is set in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda, and there’s a reason they call it impenetrable. It’s so remote, thick and mysterious, it’s the perfect spot for endangered mountain gorillas to live and a really cool place to visit. I have really fond memories of trekking gorillas there, then relaxing in the comfy lounge with a beer after a hard day’s hiking. The view from the lounge is great.

Kent Redding
President of Africa Adventure Consultants
Travel & Leisure A-List Top Travel Specialist

Gorilla Forest Camp Highlights

  • Frequently visited by gorilla families due to its unique location
  • Exclusive camp with only eight tents, the perfect base for a once in a lifetime trip to track mountain gorillas
  • Opportunity for community interaction, including the local Batwa Pygmies
  • Specially customized sedan chairs with support and harness allows less able guests to be carried into the rain-forest to track the gorillas in their natural habitat
  • An established philanthropy project at Bwindi Community Hospital which guests can visit
As the only concessionaire luxury camp within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the perfect base from which to track the park’s most famous resident – the mountain gorilla.

The common area features a comfortable lounge and bar area as well as the main dining area, while the mini spa offers a wide selection of treatments. Located within the National Park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivaled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. In fact Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp often receives regular visits from the gorillas themselves. Lucky guests in camp at those times often have the chance for a gorilla encounter without even leaving Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.

The eight tents at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp are stylish and spacious, each featuring two queen size beds. Each tent also has a huge bathtub that looks straight into the jungle canopy, and is ideal for soaking tired muscles after a day spent observing and meeting gorillas. Rare forest species can often be observed from the soaking tubs, after which a cocktail can be had on the private viewing deck served by your personal attendant.

Where is Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp?

LOCATION: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
Private charter flights depart daily from Entebbe to Kihihi airstrip (about a 2 hour flight depending on stops). The journey from Kihihi Airstrip takes around 1 hour 15 mins. There is also the option of a scenic, eight hour road transfer from Kigali Airport in Rwanda.

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