Nkuringo region gorilla permits and gorilla families – Bwindi impenetrable National Park
Nkuringo region gorilla permits and gorilla families – Nkuringo sector was opened for Gorilla tracking in 2004, the sector lies at a high altitude about of 6800 feet on the park’s south-western border north of Kisoro town. Nkuringo-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is 480 kilometres about 10 hours driving from Kampala/Entebbe via Mbarara-Kabale road. Meanwhile most tourists who travel to Uganda the Pearl of Africa for Gorilla habituation and Gorilla tracking opt to fly to Kigali International Airport Rwanda, which is approximately 5 hours driving via Chanika borderline. Nkuringo has become the favourite destination to most tourists simply because it’s located at a high altitude than any other trailhead at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park giving you excellent scenic views of the Virunga Volcanoes.
The Nkuringo Gorilla family
was named after their founding alpha Silverback called Nkuringo whose name translates as “Round Hill”. The family’s successful habituation ended in 2004 and Nkuringo died four years later. He was survived by two sons called Rafiki meaning friend in Swahili and Safari. Safari took leadership of the family and has been able to firmly hold all its members together through times of happiness and seasons of trial. The family joyfully embraced healthy baby twins just seven months into Safari reign and they were named Katungi and Muhoozi. Sadly, Katungi passed on without seeing his second birthday. Currently the family has 9 members with a Blackback male as a dominant male since it has no Silverbacks.
Christmas Gorilla Family
Christmas Gorilla family in Nkuringo, the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda, consists of 7 members, headed by 1 silverback called Christmas 1 black back, 4 females and one baby. The introduction of this group has increased the number of Gorilla permits available for Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Nkuringo Gorilla tracking permits cost USD700 per person per trek and you will be able allowed only 1 hour with the Mountain Gorillas. Contact Great Adventure safaris for your Gorilla tracking experience and a remarkable holiday to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Bushaho Gorilla Family
Bushaho Gorilla family is another Gorilla group for Gorilla tracking in Nkuringo sector. This family has got 11 members and it has made an increase of Nkuringo Gorilla tracking permits. At Nkuringo there were 16 permits but after the introduction of Christmas Gorilla family, 24 Gorilla permits are available for sell daily. Nkuringo Mountain Gorilla group lives in one of the most challenging Gorilla tracking sector in the whole of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park but when you encounter the trailhead is the most rewarding experience of a life time.
Nkuringo sector at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has 3 habituated Gorilla families active for Gorilla tracking, hence 24 Gorilla permits are accessible daily, a total of 24 tourists can trek mountain Gorillas daily. These permits are purchased at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, book with first come first serve. Uganda Wildlife Authority authorized Great Adventure Safaris to book Gorilla permits on your behalf throughout the year. Book in advance so that we can arrange you a remarkable gorilla safari at Nkuringo Gorilla sector in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Nkuringo sector also has one Gorilla family known as Posho which is still under the habituation exercise and since it is still wild its number of members is not yet known not until it get used to the researchers and the park rangers so that they can count them.
Where to stay
Nkuringo trailhead is equipped with fascinating lodges ranging from luxury, moderate and budget i.e Nkuringo Gorilla Camp and Bwindi Backpackers Lodge respectively. Gorilla heights lodge,Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge and Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge are located near to the briefing point; usually most tourists after breakfast go direct to the briefing room just a few meters from the lodge, sometimes while chilling at the Lodge one might see Gorillas pass by, Contact Great Adventure Safaris so that we can plan for you memorable safari at Nkuringo Gorilla sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south-western Uganda, and we can help you book Nkuringo gorilla permits once you confirm your trip with us.