Gorilla Tracking Sectors in Bwindi

uganda - bwindi impenetrable national park

Bwindi impenetrable national park has got four tracking sectors namely Rushaga, Ruhija, Nkuringo, and Buhoma sectors.

Buhoma sector

Buhoma sector is the most preferred by tourists planning to do gorilla tracking in Uganda due to its location. It is located in the Northern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Kanungu district.

Gorilla tracking in Buhoma sector can be combined with other activities like game drives in Ishasha Sector which is popular for its tree climbing lions, Nature and Community walks, Batwa Experience among others.

Gorilla families in the Buhoma sector

Buhoma sector in habits five (5) gorilla families namely the Mubare which is the oldest, Rushegura, Habinyanja, Muyambi and Katwe families which are habituated and ready for tourists.

Family

Year

Members

Mubare

1993

9

Rushegura

2000

19

Habinyanja

1997

17

Katwe

 

9

Muyambi

2019

6

40 gorilla tracking permits are issued daily in Buhoma sector.

Bird watching is a must-to-do activity in Buhoma sector plus a community walk to the Batwa communities. The Batwa (pygmies) were the first inhabitants of the forest.

Accommodation in Buhoma sector

Lodges in Buhoma sector give the best services offered by professional and experienced staff. The accommodations in this sector range from luxury to midrange, and budget lodges.

Some of the recommended lodges and camps include Bwindi Forest Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Trekkers Lodge, Buhoma Haven, Gorilla Bluff Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Engagi Lodge, Buhoma Gorilla Lodge.

The lodges and location of Buhoma sector make it the best spot for gorilla tracking.

Ruhija Sector

Ruhija sector in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to 3 gorilla families namely Oruzogo, Kyaguriro and Bitukura.

Only 24 gorilla tracking permits are issued in Ruhija per day.

Other things to do while in Ruhija sector include;

Community projects visit. One can choose to visit community projects like basket weaving, and beekeeping which are put in place to help with the development of local communities. Your support will change someone’s life.

Bird watching or birding. Bird lovers prefer trekking in the Ruhija sector since it also gives them a chance for bird sightings since it is home to several bird species which include yellow-eyed black flycatcher, hornbills, and grey bush shrike among others.

Accommodations in Ruhija Sector

Ruhija has several lodges that range from luxury to midrange and budget. These include Ruhija gorilla safari lodge, Agandi Eco-Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Trekker’s Tavern Cottages, Bakiga Lodge among others, all with professional staff.

Nkuringo Sector

Nkuringo sector is located in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Nkuringo sector has one gorilla family with 19 members joined by Bushasho gorilla family from the Rushaga sector. Nkuringo is the only sector recorded with twin gorillas that were born in 2004.

Nkuringo sector is highly elevated therefore, suitable for fit trekkers.

Gorilla trekking in Nkuringo can be combined with birdwatching, cultural encounters, and hiking.

Bird watching is also great in the Nkuringo sector with beautiful birds seen as you canoe on Lake Mutanda using a wooden paddle, also get a chance to view the amazing Virunga volcanoes.

Hiking in Nkuringo. During hiking, you will pass via Ivy and kishasha as you enjoy beautiful melodies from birds, beautiful sceneries, and sighting primates swinging in tree branches. The moments will be fun and memorable as you enjoy the forest.

Accommodations in Nkuringo

Lodges in Nkuringo sector include Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Rushaga Sector

Rushaga is famous for being the only sector that offers Gorilla Habituation Experience. The sector is home to 5 gorilla families. It has the most number of permits daily compared to other sectors. Rushaga also offers a variety of other activities such hikes to the waterfalls, and unique cultural encounters.

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