The park is located in the South Western Uganda on the edge of the western rift valley. Bwindi is home to over 350 endangered Mountain Gorillas which are quite possibly the most amazing animals to be found in Africa .There are also 346 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. Gorilla trekking is the major tourist activity in Bwindi with four groups currently available daily for tourists .
Mubare group (10 gorillas, 1 silverback) was opened for tourism in 1993, Habinyanja group (18 gorillas, 2 silver backs) was ready in July 1998. Rusheguru group(10 members, 1 silver back) was opened in July 2002 while Nkuringo group (19 gorillas , 2 silver backs ) was opened for tourism in April 2004 .
A maximums of 8 gorilla permits per day are sold for each of these groups at Uganda Wild life Authority (UWA) Headquarters in Kampala. Book at least 3 months (but not more than one year) in advance to ensure that requested dates are available.
Gorillas Tracking in Bwindi can be strenuous therefore make sure you are physically fit. Carry jungle boots and rain jackets given the fact that the park is often wet.
Gorilla tracking experience starts at 8:30 am local time and occasionally lasts the whole day. Once tracked, the gorillas are supposed to be met for only one hour For Conservation reasons.