Buhoma sector, region of Bwindi impenetrable National park – Buhoma sector situated suitably in the Northern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is incredibly one of the four main zones where Gorilla tracking starts from. The other sectors include Ruhija which is in the East, Nkuringo and Rushaga in the South. Buhoma is remarkably one of the most popular sectors that provide amazing Gorilla tracking experience to visitors on Gorilla safaris to Uganda. For travellers who have taken initiative to track Mountain Gorillas within this sector, you can testify what this region has to offer.
Buhoma sector, region of Bwindi impenetrable national park – The Buhoma sector is found in the Northern sector of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the home to five different habituated Gorilla families ready for tracking which are Rushagura, Katwe, Muyambi, Habinyanja and Mubare Gorilla families. Gorilla tracking in Buhoma sector rewards visitors with great views of the magnificent scenery, landscapes and also allows only 40 visitors to its five Gorilla families for tracking in a day whereby 8 visitors are allowed to each Gorilla family.
Buhoma sector is about 550 kilometres from and it’s usually 9-10 hours from Kampala or Entebbe. You can also visit the Batwa Pygmies, and discover more about their ways of life and their diverse cultural practices like hunting, fishing within the forest. They also entertain visitors with their traditional music and dance, storytelling etc.
While at Buhoma sector, visitors are treated to the best scenic and bird watching sights where they will have a ride on Lake Bunyonyi using the dugout wooden canoe to the other side enjoying the beautiful sights of bird species with in the forest at the same time viewing the scenic views of the Virunga Volcanoes lying on the Uganda-Rwanda border.
A side from Gorilla treks, Buhoma area is also ideal for nature or forest walks. For nature lovers, you can take part in this activity in the morning and evening at beginning point. Nature/forest walks allow you to explore variety of primates like monkeys, baboons as well as forest pigs and many more.
Birding-this sector is also ideal for bird watching where you will have a chance to spot out birds like African emerald cuckoo, white tailed blue flycatchers, short tailed warbler, yellow eyed black catcher, Kivu ground thrush, Africa blue flycatcher , yellow eyed black flycatcher, garners warblers, African blue flycatcher, black bee-eaters a mention but a few. You need to be prepared with your gear especially with the binoculars for excellent views over the varied bird species.
For cultural enthusiasts, you have a chance to engage in cultural encounters especially while in the Batwa and Bakiga community villages. While on cultural safari in this area, you have opportunity to explore more on local traditions, norms and cultures. There are well-trained guides to take you through the banana plantations and other gardens that make it amazing while you wind through the community trails. On cultural tour in this community, you have a chance to enjoy the unique traditional dances, songs and poems from local performers. There are also a number of amazing activities you can engage in while on cultural tour in the Batwa and Bakiga community.
There are many accommodation options for overnight stay in Buhoma. They range from budget to luxury. They include Four Gorillas Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp, Engage Lodge, mahogany Springs Lodge and many more.
In conclusion, a visit to Buhoma sector rewards travel endeavours with variety of most thrilling adventure experience. On a Gorilla safari in Buhoma sector get chances to engage in a number of activities including Gorilla tracking, habituation experience, bird watching, nature walks or forest walks, cultural interactions and many others.