Nkuringo Gorilla Sector and gorilla family to trek
This region is located in the extreme southern part of Bwindi National Park bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nkuringo sector is habitat to the famous Nkuringo Gorilla family headed by Rafiki, and this family is the most fascinating Gorilla family where each individual in the family is amazing. This gives tourists great attention.
Nkuringo sector now has got three Gorilla families where Nkuringo Gorilla family was the first to be habituated in 1997.
In the sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable southern part, Nkuringo is the only sector which has given birth to Gorilla twins in December 2004; this was a big event and record in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This Gorilla group in Nkuringo is known for roaming outside of the park. It has led to the displacement of local people who used to settle in the villages of Nkuringo sector.
In the early 2000s, there was an outbreak of scabies in the Nkuringo Gorilla family however it was later cured and by then there was only one Gorilla family in this sector.
Nkuringo sector is found on the high altitudes and this makes it more strenuous for the tourists to hike within the impenetrable forest to the Mountain Gorillas, therefore a recommended energetic and physically fitness is highly required.
The minimum age limit for Gorilla trekking is 15 years of age and anyone below the age of 15 years is not allowed to trek the Mountain Gorilla.
Travel to Nkuringo sector and enjoy great sceneries of Kabale’s landscape view to Nyiragongo and Nyimuragira of Congo, which provides a wonderful view in the sky.
Accessibility to Nkuringo sector
Nkuringo sector can be accessed, through Kabale-Kisoro road, and the journey can last for 11-12 hours.
Nkuringo Gorilla trekking has a number of activities included apart from Gorilla trekking, i.e. Bird watching, Hiking, and cultural encounters.
Birding in Nkuringo sector
Nkuringo Gorilla sector is not one to be missed out when it comes to viewing the beautiful bird species. Take a canoe on Lake Mutanda using a wooden paddle; enjoy viewing the various colorful bird species, amazing sceneries of Virunga volcanoes in Uganda and Rwanda.
Hike in Nkuringo region of Bwindi Impenetrable
Trekking in Nkuringo sector to Buhoma the next morning enjoy a nature walk through an impenetrable forest as you pass via the Ivy,Kishasha and enjoy the fantastic views which are within the forest. These include spotting of bird species as they sing in the air, spotting primates such as monkeys and many more with them as they swing from tree to tree.
Visit the local people of the area, continue with the nature walks to the village of Batwa and Bakiga local people, the Batwa people were the first to inhabit the forest, you will encounter a number of various cultural activities including cultural performances in songs and dance, visit the local healer who extracts medicine from plants, observe making various art, craft materials including baskets, mats, bags, sandals and many more talented local people.