Buhoma gorilla tracking safari tours and holidays – Buhoma gorilla permits for 2021 – 2022
Buhoma gorilla tracking safari tours and holidays – The Buhoma sector is the most known of all the four sectors location given that it was the first to be developed for gorilla tourism.
Buhoma region is found in the northern side of Bwindi National Park. It is from Buhoma that gorilla trekking began in its first gorilla family (Mubare). Mubare gorilla family was opened in 1993 and today, it has 5 groups including Habinyanja, Rushegura and Katwe and muyambi gorilla families., Binyindo gorilla family
It is also an incredible region for tourists to embark on nature walk since it consists of many trails including the waterfall trail that takes you through varied tree ferns, orchids to scenic waterfall; Munyaga River trail that gets you the best sight at variety of birds and primates. Others include Muzabajiro Loop trail, River Ivy trail and Rushura hill trail. Visitors on gorilla trekking in Buhoma region can spend a night in Silverback Lodge, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Buhoma Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp and others.
Buhoma region reachable by road or by air. By road, your journey to Buhoma region can start from Entebbe or Kampala via Masaka-Mbarara to Kabale approximately 8-10 hours’ drive or from Kigali via Chanika or Katuna border to Kabale which is 3-4 hours’ drive. By air, fly from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi airstrip then land into Kihihi airstrip.
Explore the Sector
The region is spectacular and there are lots of interesting things to see within the area. There are three gorilla families that have been habituated for tracking in the sector. There are;
Mubare gorilla family
Habinyanja gorilla family
Katwe gorilla family
Muyambi gorilla family
Binyindo gorilla family
There are several trails developed within Buhoma and these include;
The Munyanga River Trails – Walk in the forest and explore the valley of Buhoma. Are you interested in viewing birds and primates? You can easily see birds and primates along the tropical forest edges.
The waterfall trail – Another amazing trail developed in Bwindi Impenetravble National Park. A guided trail passes you beneath tree ferns, epiphytic ferns as well as orchids to visit three dazzling waterfalls.
The Rushura Hill Trail – This trail passes tourists through one forest shared by two countries. You can enjoy sightseeing on a clear day of Lakes Edward and George, the famed Rwenzori Mountains as well as the conical peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes.
Muzabajiro Loop Trail – a wonderful trail of 6 kilometres around a hill, You can encounter primates and birds as well as get clear views of the Virungas.
The River Ivi Trail – The trail follows an old road through the forest, emerging near Nkuringo on the southern edge of the impenetrable forest.
Other Things to Do in Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Buhoma Gorilla Tracking safari tours in northern Bwindi (Buhoma Area)
- Home to roughly half (around 400) of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population
- 72 permits available daily (5 gorilla families in Buhoma and 4 gorilla families in Ruhija, located approximately 90 minutes’ drive from Buhoma Lodge).
- Maximum of 8 permits available per gorilla family
- Minimum trekking age of 15 years
- Trekking is steep, hot and strenuous at high altitude
- Tracking gorilla families may take anything from 30 minutes, to three or five hours to locate
- Once located, trekkers spend one hour observing them
Why Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park?
- A World Heritage Site
- One of the top 10 birding sites in Africawith over 350 recorded species (including 23 endemics such as the Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird, as well as seven IUCN red data listed species).
- Home to over 200 spectacular butterfly species
- Bwindi Forest Walkcan be undertaken with a Uganda Wildlife Authority guide, enjoying the forest flora and fauna, including monkeys at close proximity. A popular choice is the 3 – 4 hour hike to the waterfall.
Community Projects in the Area
Buhoma Community Village Walk
An opportunity to support the local community whilst visiting various interesting places as you wanders through the village. Highlights include the traditional healer, banana brewery and Mukono Primary School where you can interact with the children.
Bwindi Community Hospital
Established in 2003, this facility has grown to become an essential service provider for the immediate communities and much of the surrounding areas too, caring for more than 100,000 individuals. Take a visit to learn how it is helping to improve the quality of many lives.
Batwa Cultural Experience
A full day experience provided by the Batwa Development Program allowing one to participate in the traditional lifestyle of the Batwa. You will see first-hand how the Batwa have lived in the forest for generations and how they depend upon their hunting and gathering skills for their daily needs.
Ride 4 A Women
This initiative started by renting bicycles to tourists with the hope of generating money to start a skills training programme for women. As time went on, there became a need for bike maintenance and so local women were trained to do the repairs. The programme has since expanded when a group of Australian tourists assisted in starting a sewing programme. Contact Great Adventure Safaris to book Buhoma gorilla tracking safari tours and holidays with guaranteed gorilla permits.