Bwindi Gorilla Sectors Uganda
Bwindi Gorilla Sectors Uganda: Bwindi Impenetrable national park is a popular safari destination in Africa for mountain gorilla trekking, located in the southwestern part of Uganda at the edge of the rift valley. However, mountain gorilla trekking is the main activity done here, which can be conducted in four gorilla trekking sectors in the East, North and southern part of the park. Each sector comprises different in accessibly and the trekking experience. Bwindi has 21 habituated gorilla families stipulated in this four sectors. Despite the different locations, one can choice to trek in one of these four sectors. It is worth a visit. But the best way to trek in one of this sector is to book your accommodation in the region you’re to trek in, for easy location of gorilla family to trek. Its’s bit zigzag to spend your night in Rushaga yet you are to trek in Buhoma region.
Gorilla trekking tour is quite memorable each sector with its uniqueness. Such sectors include; Buhoma, Rushaga, Nkuringo and Ruhija sector. Visitors visits this sectors on different occasions thus providing these great apes with in-depth understanding of each sector and features. Bwindi harbors with over 600 endangered mountain gorillas making it a finest destination to host half world total population. Below is the major list of gorilla sectors where you can trek mountain gorillas on visit to Uganda Gorilla Safari, Africa.
This sector is one of the four gorilla sectors found in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, located in the northern side of the park. Buhoma sector is the most visited area of Bwindi compared to other sectors. Buhoma was the first sector to be officially opened for tourism, it started with one gorilla family which was habituated in 1992 after the area gazette into a national park. Buhoma is just close to Queen Elizabeth national park which can be easily accessed through Ishasha sector a home to the famous tree climbing lions, as a best way for travelers to have a chance of adventuring the tree climbing lions, in Far East and South.
Buhoma has an admirable history behind, from the first group of travelers to tour the area when it had just open for tourism. The region offers beautiful lodges ranging from Luxury to Budget, provide delicious food and sleeping services are suitable to travelers. It also has first class lodge that makes it the main reasons for most of the travelers to trek in Buhoma sector. Lodges in Buhoma include; Buhoma lodge, Bwindi view bandas, Mahogany springs, Bwindi Volcano lodge among others.
Other activities you can do in Buhoma sector include visiting the Batwa communities, hiking which is done in several trails each with amazing experience as well as bird watching.
Buhoma can be easily accessed from Kampala-Mbarara road –joining Mbarara –Ntungamo –Rukungiri –Buhoma. Other option is to fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to Kihihi Airstrip.
This sector has 24 Gorilla permits issued daily in the three gorilla families with permitted number of 8 people per trek per day.
Ruhija sector lies in Eastern side of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with number of gorilla families which are habitant here, Bitukura, Kyaguliro family, Oruzogo family all trekked by the tourists. The region stands 2,350 meters above the sea level making it one of the coldest areas in Bwindi. Ruhija sector offers the best mountain gorilla trekking adventure and hiking which can be done to Rwamunyonyi peak on your visit never miss to reach out this area. While trekking in Ruhija expect to meet other species of primates like monkeys, elephants among others. The region has comfortable accommodation suitable on visit to Bwindi not only that but also providing a life changing view with critically endangered mountain Gorillas.
Nkuringo Sector is located at a higher altitude and it requires one to be physically fit. It is a home to Nkuringo family and Bushaho gorilla family where gorilla trekking takes place. There are many accommodations in Nkuringo to offer has your choice of stay.
This sector is found in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable national park, inhabiting five gorilla families fully habituated. They include Bweza, Nshongi, Kahungye, Mishaya and Busingye but two are put aside for Gorilla habituation experience such as Bikyingi and Bushaho are still undergoing through training that takes 1 to 2 years while training these mountain gorillas to get used to humankind.
You can still engage in cultural visits to the Batwa community walk and birding like on visit to Rushanga region.
Rushaga regions offers nice accommodation facilities and affordable ranges from luxury to budget such as Gorilla safari camp, Gorilla haven lodge, chameleon hill lodge, Bwindi jungle lodge many more.
Gorilla permits are at cost of USD 700USD non-foreign residents, USD600 foreign resident and UGX 250,000 for East African member. And we advise our clients always book your gorilla permit in advance like six months before your time of arrival on pearl of Africa Uganda. Gorilla trekking starts early in the morning after morning breakfast then be transferred to the park head quarter for briefing. After meet the park ranger to locate you to the gorilla family you’re to trek on that very day. But ensure to carry your items like rain jackets, rubber boots, energy snacks, enough mineral work, packed lunch boxes many more. Please note that, gorilla trekking is unpredictable it can last 30 to 8hours depending on their movements in the nature habits. The moment you find them; you’re given one hour to observe them learn about their social life as well as photo taking.
The minimum age limit for Gorilla trekking experience is 15 years of age and those one below the 15 years are not allowed to trek these critically endangered mountain gorillas.
Lastly, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park can be out reached from Kampala to main destination within 9 to 10 hours’ drive. Alternatively, you can use a charter flight or schedule from Entebbe Airport to Kihihi Airstrip within 1:30 hours.