What are the top gorilla trekking sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park? Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga are the main trekking areas for gorilla tours. Gorilla trekking is undoubtedly the most exciting tourism activity that most of the tourists opt to do in Uganda particularly in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Gorilla trekking activity starts very early at 8 pm local time and takes between 30 to 5 hours as visitors are moving in forests in accompany of armed ranger and guides in search of the allocated gorilla family. The activity is really interesting with tourists taking photos after all that long walk with endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable forest National has four top gorilla trekking sectors which include Rushaga, Ruhiija, Buhoma, and Nkuringo trekking sectors.
This is the oldest trekking in Bwindi and is located in the northern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the district of Kanungu. It is one of the gorilla trekking sectors with the oldest gorilla family Mubare which was first opened for tourism in 1992. Buhoma has been a competitive sector and tourists always ask whether there is the availability of gorilla permits in Buhoma which are on high demand. Buhoma shelters 3 gorilla families which include the Mubare gorilla family the oldest, the Habiyanja gorilla family, and Rushegura gorilla, families. There are 24 gorilla permits available per day in Buhoma since each gorilla family can be visited by a group of 8 people.
Trekking the Buhoma sector presents opportunities to travelers to access queen Elizabeth national park Ishasha sector for tree-climbing lions and guided nature walk safaris. Buhoma gorilla trekking sector in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park can easily be accessed from Kabale town through Kanungu and this takes just two hours and you can as well access the Buhoma section via Queen Elizabeth national park in the Ishasha sector which is popularly known for tree-climbing lion. And here it will take for you 4 hours to access Buhoma through this route.
There are nearby comfortable accommodation facilities which range from budget to luxury facilities. The best quality lodges around the Buhoma gorilla trekking sector include Buhoma lodge, Bwindi Guesthouse, Bwindi Volcanic Lodge, Mahogany spring lodge among many others.
Rushaga sector is also one of the best gorilla trekking sectors in Bwindi impenetrable forests national park. Rushaga sector is situated in the southern part of Bwindi forest park in Kisoro District and has a record of holding the most habituated families in Bwindi. Currently, the gorilla habituation process only takes place Rushaga gorilla trekking sector which makes it outstanding.
Rushaga Gorilla trekking sector in Bwindi Impenetrable National park is so close to Rwanda and visitors can take only 4 hours to reach the Rushaga trekking sector from Rwanda’s Kigali and has the highest number of gorilla families which are more than five in number. Trekking in this sector offers visitors other adventure activities such as hiking the waterfalls and making cultural encounters, indeed it is will be a unique experience away from home.
There are the highest several gorilla permits in the Rushaga sector compared to other sectors and visitors will have a chance to participate in gorilla tracking habituation whereby they will spend more time with gorillas up four hours as compared when they just go for gorilla trekking where gorilla trekking lasts for 1 hour as long as the gorilla family is spotted. The cost of a gorilla permit in Rushaga like another sector is 700 United States dollars while that of the gorilla habituation process is at 1500 United States dollars.
Rushaga Gorilla trekking sector in Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park can be both accessed via Entebbe internal airport or Kigali international airport in Rwanda. It takes only 4 hours to drive from Kigali to Rushaga as compared to 7 or 8 hours’ drive from Entebbe international airport Uganda to Rushaga. Most visitors prefer to fly to Kigali and then to Rushaga because of the closest distance. This you can trek Uganda gorilla from Rwanda.
There are exceptional lodging facilities in Rushaga where you can stay as you enjoy gorilla trekking adventure experience and the notable example of these lodges include Gorilla safaris lodge, Rushaga gorilla camp, Bwindi Jungle Lodge, and chameleon’s hill lodge among others.
Nkuringo gorilla trekking sector is situated in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park in the district of Kisoro with the fewest number of habituated gorilla families among all the regions. This sector was named Nkuringo because of the prominent Nkuringo family in which was led by Rafiki silverback who was killed later in June this year 2020 by poachers despite the demise of the prominent silverback, the gorilla family has remained strong and still does attract several travelers who come for gorilla trekking in this sector.
Nkuringo gorilla family has 18 individual gorilla members and sometimes are joined by members form the Busawo gorilla family that crosses from the Rushaga trekking sector and it was habituated earliest in this sector in 1977.
Nkuringo gorilla sector is found on high altitude and this makes trekking a more demanding and strenuous activity that requires you to be physically fit and thus you need to be physically fit for a trek this gorilla sector in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park. Like any other gorilla family, a total of 8 people are allowed to visit the gorilla group per day. Remember that the age limit for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is 15 years.
You can access the Nkuringo gorilla trekking sector through Kabale, Kisoro highway and one can take 10 hours from Kampala to the Nkuringo gorilla trekking sector in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. You can as well decide to use Buhoma then to Kihihi and finally to the Nkuringo trekking sector which is less hectic and shorter.
There other touristic activities that you can engage in the Nkuringo sector other than gorilla trekking and these include bird watching, guided nature walks through Kishasha, and visiting the Batwa short touted people who inhabited the park before it was turned into a national park.
You can stay at well quality lodged where you can comfortably stay and these include Nkuringo gorilla camp. Nkuringo safaris Budget, clouds mountain gorilla lodge all which provide the betters services serving both local and international cuisines.
Ruhija gorilla trekking sector is found in the Eastern Perk of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in the district of Kabale. The Ruhijja gorilla trekking sector features three habituated gorilla families that include the Orugoza gorilla family, the Bitura gorilla family, and the Kyanguriko Gorilla family. All these groups are available and all open for trekking by tourists.
Like any other gorilla trekking sector in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the Ruhijja gorilla trekking sector also follow the procedures and rules for gorilla trekking by allowing only 8 persons per gorilla family group. This means that there are only 24 gorilla trekking permits in the Ruhija gorilla trekking sector in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
There are also other safari activities you can decide to engage in while on a gorilla trekking tour in the Ruhijja gorilla trekking sector and these include birding watching, visiting conservation community projects among others. Ruhija Gorilla trekking sector is home to several bird species which can be spotted by birders and these include hornbills, flycatchers among others. You need to accompany yourself with binoculars, cameras to enable you to enjoy your birding experience successfully.
Accommodation facilities in around the Ruhija gorilla trekking sector are comfortable and makes gorilla trekking easier for you. Some of the lodges near the Rujija gorilla trekking sector include Agandi lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, trekkers Tarvan Lodge among others. All of the services are good with an amazing environment for you to stay.
All the top gorilla trekking sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park can be visited throughout the year however the dry season is the best for gorilla trekking safaris in all sectors. During the dry season, there are fewer chances of meeting rains which make trails unpassable and slippery at times. The dry season runs from June to September and from December to February annually. Importantly you can go ahead and book your gorilla trekking sector in either of the above sectors during the wet season as this is the time when birds are over the place and you can enjoy the discounted prices on accommodation.
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