Best Region To Trek Mountain Gorillas-Bwindi impenetrable National Park
Best region to trek mountain gorillas- Before any traveler confirms a gorilla safari to Uganda, he/she needs to know about the four gorilla trekking zones/region and which is the best for gorilla trekking with easy trail heads. Check out today’s article for detailed information and tips.. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a vast tropical rain forest and home to over a half of the existing mountain Gorilla individuals, with several habituated Gorilla families ready for Gorilla trekking. Bwindi Impenetrable is the best National Park to trek the Mountain Gorillas in its different regions of Ruhija the Eastern, Buhoma the Northern, Rushaga and Nkuringo in the South. Each region has its own advantages and disadvantages, in today’s issue we will try to compare and find out the best region for Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Our comparison will be based on accessibility, Gorilla families and composition, lodges in the region among others. Discussing the best region for Gorilla tracking is not as simple as it looks but we will try to elaborate on the basics to enable you making better decisions. Our argument remains that whichever region you choose Gorilla trekking experience is the same as same procedures are followed
Best region for Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
In terms of accessibility by road, the best region for Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park would be Ruhija in the Eastern part of Bwindi. The road from Entebbe/Kampala to Kabale is tarmacked and in good condition hence the drive time is less compared to Rushaga, Nkuringo in the South and Buhoma in the North of Bwindi National Park. The only problem with Ruhija compared to other regions, it does not have a nearby Airstrip for those who would like to fly to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. For those that would like to fly in to Bwindi National Park, the best regions for this are Buhoma due to Kihihi Airstrip and then Rushaga and Nkuringo due to Kisoro Airstrip. Buhoma is the best region for Gorilla trekking in Bwindi when it comes to fly in safaris. This is because one has a choice to fly either in the morning or afternoon. For Nkuringo and Rushaga, flights only operate in the morning due to winds and weather conditions in the south of Bwindi National Park.
In terms of Lodges, Buhoma in the North can be regarded as the best region to trek the Mountain Gorillas followed by Nkuringo in the South. Buhoma has popular lodges of Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge, Trackers Lodge and Mahogany Springs which offer great service but have also been wildly marketed. There is also Buhoma Community rest camp for budget travelers. In Nkuringo, there is Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge, Four gorillas Lodge and Gorilla heights lodge which are always preferred by tourists. Other regions have lodges as well to enable every traveller to make a choice.
In terms of Gorilla families, Rushaga region is the best region for Gorilla trekking in Bwindi due to the fact that it has more Gorilla families and permits compared to other regions where one other Gorilla familiy (Bikingi gorilla group) is for gorilla habituation experience. This is followed by Buhoma with five gorilla family groups and Ruhija sectr with four habituated Gorilla families
Generally, Buhoma in the North of Bwindi National Park is regarded as the best region to trek the mountain Gorillas due to the fact that it’s where Gorilla trekking started in 1993 when Mubare Gorilla family group was opened to tourists for trekking. As time went on, new trail heads and regions were opened up and they all match Buhoma region when it comes to accommodation options with other activities like Batwa experience, forest and community walks among others.
What is expressed in this article are opinions and are subject to discussion but Great Adventure Safaris operates in all regions of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park so feel free to contact one our dedicated safari experts for a quote.
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