Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp


Bwindi safari

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp luxury safari camp hidden amid the green just inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Thanks to its privileged position, troops of the park’s most famous residents have been known to wander through.

There are ten spacious tents, ecologically respectful, contemporary-yet-classic in style, each with two queen sized beds and an ensuite bathroom with a large bathtub that looks straight into the jungle canopy as well as an indoor shower.

The main lodge building with a dining area, lounge and bar sits at the heart of the camp, looking out over the canopy and mountains beyond. Gather around the campfire each evening to share the day’s adventures.


At a glance

  • Ten rooms

  • Dining area

  • Lounge and bar

  • Mini spa

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    Gorilla trekking

    There are three habituated gorilla families that can be tracked from the Buhoma Sector of the forest, the entrance to which is next to the camp, with families in the Ruhija Sector a two-hour drive away. An hour with these incredible animals is a life-changing experience.

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    Forest walks

    Hike to see waterfalls deep in the forest with a chance to glimpse other wildlife. Bwindi is also home to hundreds of bird species, rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs and eleven kinds of primates, such as red tailed and blue monkeys, black and white colobus, baboons and chimpanzees.

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    Community walk

    Stroll through a small tea farming project to meet the tea pickers and perhaps even learn how to pluck tea leaves along the way. Then visit a local brewery and see how they mash bananas to make beer - a popular local drink in the area. From here walk a short distance to the local hospital which Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp supports through various projects. Learn about how it started and the work they do for the community then learn about local plants from a traditional medicine man.

Community & Culture

A commitment to conservation and responsible tourism has been an integral part of the construction of our properties and our daily operations ever since we opened our first camp in Kenya's Masai Mara in 1999. Sanctuary Retreats selects projects based on their potential to create long-lasting relationships with the communities in the areas in which we operate with a goal to identify and sponsor long-term, viable and self-sustaining collaborative projects that will have the support of our staff and visitors.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is working with Bwindi Community Hospital on an on-going basis to continue to develop its resources, supports the Ebenezer Nursery and Primary School, a women’s bicycle enterprise, and The Waiting Mothers’ Hostel which addresses problems related to pregnancy among Batwa women.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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