Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable park – Nkuringo sector situated suitably in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is incredibly one of the 4 main trailheads where Gorilla treks starts from. The other sectors include Buhoma which is in the North, Ruhija in the East and Rushaga in the South. Nkuringo 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.
The Nkuringo sector is found in the southern sector of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the home to three different Gorilla families which are Bushaho, Christmas and Nkuringo Gorilla families. Gorilla tracking in Nkuringo sector rewards visitors with great views of the magnificent scenery, landscapes of Kabale as well as the Nyiragongo and Nyimuragira of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nkuringo sector also allows only 24 visitors to its three Gorilla families in a day whereby 8 visitors are allowed to each Gorilla family. The Nkuringo Gorilla sector is neighboured by the Rushaga sector of Bwindi National Park.
Nkuringo sector is about 45 kilometres from the sign-posted junction on Kabale to Kisoro road and it’s usually 3 hours from Kabale. Moving from Kampala, Nkuringo sector can be accessed via the Kabale-Kisoro road using a bus and this lasts between 10-11 hours. At Kisoro town you can opt to hire a private vehicle to the Nkuringo sector of the forest. Nkuringo sector can be reached via the Buhoma via Kihihi or Butogota on the daily bus from Kampala. It is necessary to take a private hire taxi from either Kihihi or Butogota to Buhoma. And in the morning, enjoy a forest nature walk through the forest to the Nkuringo sector which may last between 5-7 hours depending on the interest and the pace.
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 Nkuringo sector, visitors are treated to the best scenic and bird watching sights where they will have a ride on Lake Mutanda 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.
Hikes and treks in this region provide the most challenging Gorilla watching experiences within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. For those of you who are good at photographing, Nkuringo sector of bwindi national park is that one perfect place you should pay a visit while on Gorilla safaris in Uganda. It comes with breath-taking views of the surrounding areas including the Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira volcanoes of the Virunga National Park thus rewarding travel endeavours with magical experiences. At a time of habituation, Nkuringo family comprised of 19 members but later reduced to 12 individuals. It was habituated in 1997 and in 2004 the family welcomed a set of twins in December. The family was led by Rafiki Silverback who died and now it has a Blacback as the leader. The others are Bushaho Gorilla family which is composed of 8 individuals and some of its members belonged to Nkuringo family. It is led by Bahati Silverback and derived its name from the word Bushaho-a top name of the locality where it foraged. It includes 1 black back, 1 sub-adult, 1 juvenile, 1 infant and 3 (three) female Gorillas. Christmas is also another Gorilla family in Nkuringo sector and it has got 9 members. This is one unique primate adventure that makes this sector exceptional besides its remarkable and challenging experiences.
A side from gorilla treks, Nkuringo 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. If you are coming from Buhoma area, you can use the Kabale Butogota-Buhoma then connect to Nkuringo route. 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 Nkuringo. They range from budget to luxury. They include Nkuringo Gorilla camp, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla lodge, Hammer kop bunkhouse, Nkuringo Gorilla campsite and many more.
In conclusion, a visit to Nkuringo sector rewards travel endeavours with variety of most thrilling adventure experience. On a Gorilla safari in Nkuringo 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. Contact Great Adventure Safaris to book gorilla trekking safaris to Nkuringo sector of Bwindi National Park.