Gorilla trekking sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include Buhoma, Rushaja, Ruhija, and Nkurungo. Most accessible sector in Bwindi is Buhoma which is on every traveler’s wish list when traveling to Bwindi for gorilla trekking tours. The Buhoma sector is one of the four main sectors within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda. It is known for its diverse wildlife and most notably for being home to a number of habituated mountain gorilla families.
The Buhoma sector which is also the Best sector for gorilla trekking in Bwindi is home to several habituated gorilla families that can be tracked by tourists. Some of the well-known gorilla families in this sector include the Mubare, Habinyanja, and Rushegura. Each gorilla family consists of a dominant silverback (adult male), adult females, juveniles, and infants. Tourists visiting the Buhoma sector have the opportunity to track and spend one hour observing and learning about the gorilla families in their natural habitat, contributing to both conservation and community development initiatives.
Most accessible sector in Bwindi is Buhoma. The sector is outstanding when it comes to gorilla trekking and experiences. The Buhoma sector is easily accessible by road. The sector is 2 hours’ drive from Kabale Town via Kanungu and 4 hours from Queen Elizabeth’s Ishasha sector.
Buhoma is located approximately 9 hours’ drive from Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. The journey passes through beautiful landscapes, including the Equator, rolling hills, and traditional villages. The sector can also be accessed by scheduled flights from Entebbe International Airport to the nearby Kihihi Airstrip, followed by a short drive.
The history of the Buhoma sector dates back to the establishment of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 1991. It was initially gazetted as a Forest Reserve in 1932 to protect the gorillas from poaching and habitat destruction. Later, it gained national park status to provide further protection and conservation efforts for the critically endangered mountain gorillas.
Gorilla trekking in Buhoma has the added advantages of combining your gorilla trekking tour with other safari activities like visiting the Ishasha Sector in Queen Elizabeth for tree climbing lions, forest walks, and community visits.
Buhoma Gorilla permits
There are about 24 gorilla permits issued to travelers to Buhoma on a daily basis. Three gorilla families are visited by 8 trekking members each day. The permit costs USD 700 per person per trek. We recommend you to book your permit early enough since they tend to sell out easily, especially during the peak seasons.
Other sectors in Bwindi
The Rushaga sector is one of the four main sectors within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda. The Rushaga sector is located in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, neighboring the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is situated approximately a 9-hour drive from Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. The sector is known for its lush greenery, hilly landscapes, and dense forests.
Rushaga is home to several habituated gorilla families that tourists can track during gorilla trekking adventures. Some of the gorilla families in the Rushaga sector include Nshongi, Bweza, Kahungye, Mishaya, and Busingye. Each gorilla family has its own unique characteristics and dynamics. Tourists have the opportunity to observe these gorilla families in their natural habitat, allowing for an immersive and educational experience of these magnificent creatures.
The Ruhija sector is one of the four main sectors within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda. Ruhija is located in the eastern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It sits at a higher elevation compared to the other sectors, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. It is approximately a 9-hour drive from Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. Ruhija is known for its cooler and mistier climate due to its higher altitude. The sector is surrounded by a rich diversity of flora and fauna, making it not only a great destination for gorilla trekking but also for birdwatching and nature walks
Ruhija is home to several habituated gorilla families that tourists can encounter during gorilla trekking. Some of the gorilla families in the Ruhija sector include Bitukura, Oruzogo, Kyaguliro, Mukiza, and Kyaguriro. Each gorilla family has its own unique dynamics and characteristics, making every trekking experience different and exciting.
Nkurungo Sector is situated in the southern region of Bwindi. The sector is well known for its views of Mount Nyiragongo and Mount Nyamuragira. Nkurungo is one of the hardest sectors to trek in because of the terrain but has one of the best views.
Nkurungo sector can easily be accessed from Kabale District which is 45km to Kisoro on a 3hr drive on the Kabale-Kisoro highway. Some of the activities carried out in this sector include nature walks, bird watching, and having to experience some of the cultures of the communities such as the Batwa and the Bakiga.
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