Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Nestled deep within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is one of the most atmospheric in Uganda.

Its remote location means that Mountain Gorillas occasionally visit, and the property is a perfect base for tracking these endangered gentle giants. It’s also possible to interact with local Batwa Pygmy communities who inhabit this spectacular region of volcanoes, densely forested mountains and waterfalls.

Guests at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp are accommodated in 8 tented suites featuring thatched roofs and furnished timber verandas. Each one contains two comfortable beds and a large bathtub ideal for soaking sore muscles after a long day outdoors. The main lodge contains a dining, lounge and bar area, with a mini-spa for relaxing treatments.

Aside from trekking into the rainforest in search of Mountain Gorilla troops, guests at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp can enjoy some of Uganda’s finest bird-watching, nature walks through wilderness inhabited by unusual forest-dwelling species and cultural excursions visiting nearby villages. If you’re staying awhile, it’s also possible to visit the nearby Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions and elephants.


How to get to Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Guests can fly into Kihihi airstrip which is located about 2.5 hours’ drive from Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, or they can drive – a journey which can take over 8 hours.  

Activities Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

  • Mountain Gorilla trekking
  • Bird-watching
  • Nature walks
  • Cultural visits
  • Day trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park

*Some activities are at extra cost.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp Highlights

  • A luxury tented camp within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • So remote that sometimes Mountain Gorillas visit
  • Privileged access to a World Heritage-listed rainforest
  • Harbouring gorilla troops as well as a host of other unique species
  • Opportunities to interact with traditional local communities

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Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in Uganda. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Buhoma Lodge

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Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is a charming riverside property within the southern Ishasha sector of Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park, an area famous for its tree-climbing lions.

Mweya Safari Lodge

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Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Nestled deep within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is one of the most atmospheric in Uganda.

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Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge

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The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised Uganda experience.

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Uganda Overview

Why should I travel to Uganda? Uganda offers a wide variety of experiences, from classic big game viewing in the Queen Elizabeth National Park to mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking. There are many pristine rainforests with unique fauna and flora including within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale Forest and the Rwenzori National Park. Uganda also has a rich culture with over 30 languages spoken by many different tribes, ranging from the regal Buganda and Bunyoro to forest-dwelling Batwa pygmies.

When is the best time to see Gorillas in Uganda? Gorilla trekking can take place at any time of year with April/May and November being wetter. However, be aware that rain occurs all year round. For general game viewing safaris, the best time to go is during the dry season (between June and September).

What is the climate in Uganda? Although Uganda is on the Equator, much of the country is at relatively high altitude and temperatures are very pleasant (25°-28°C). The mountain areas where gorillas are found can be cool to cold. Rain falls throughout the year but is heaviest between Mar-May and Oct-Nov.

What can I combine Uganda with? Uganda can be combined with neighbouring Kenya or Tanzania and we highly recommend including renowned game parks such as the Masai Mara or the Serengeti into your itinerary.

How to get to Uganda? The Ugandan capital of Entebbe can be reached by air from Nairobi in Kenya, Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, with Emirates from Dubai and with SAA from Johannesburg.

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