Trek along with mountain gorillas in Kuringo sector – Nkuringo sector the southern region of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, is one of the four sectors of Bwindi National Park where the mighty Mountain Gorillas live. The sector complements the other three sectors of Buhoma in the North, Ruhija in the East and Rushaga in the South, which together make up the mighty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Nkuringo sector is a home to three famous habituated Gorilla families of Bushaho, Christmas and Nkuringo Gorilla families which offers great tracking experience to travellers. There is also one Gorilla family called Posho which is still monitored by the researchers and park rangers for habituation process. Those who have trekked mountain Gorillas in Nkuringo sector testify that it is the most interesting sector for Mountain Gorilla tracking. Like in other Gorilla groups, each Gorilla family is open to eight visitors daily hence 24 Gorilla permits available every day. Nkuringo sector also rewards travellers with spectacular views of the Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Besides Gorilla tracking, Nkuringo sector is good for nature/forest walks. These are usually done in the early mornings and evening starting from different points. Travellers connecting from Buhoma sector if travellers used the Kabale-Butogota-Buhoma-Nkuringo route have high chances of enjoying a nature forest to Nkuringo. A forest walk to Nkuringo help travellers to enjoy the peaceful, calm natural environment as well as a high chance of meeting other animals such as Baboons, monkeys and Forest pigs which make your safari more enjoyable.
Bird watching is another activity you should not miss out of your Gorilla safari to Nkuringo. Bird watching is well done during the forest walks and travellers enjoy the sweet singing of bird species up in the trees. Expect to see birds like African emerald cuckoo, White tailed blue flycatcher, Short tailed warbler, Yellow eyed black flycatcher, Kivu ground thrush, Africa blue flycatcher, Black bee eater, Yellow eyed black flycatcher and garners warbler. Binoculars are highly recommended for closer views of birds even those at afar distance.
Also, endeavour to visit Batwa and Bakiga community villages to learn more about local traditions, norms and cultures. Experienced local guides will walk you through banana plantations, and other gardens, which make it more interesting, lead the community trails. On reaching the local people, travellers are allowed to take part in local activities such as doffing, preparing local food and other house works that are part of the community. Traditional dances, songs and poems are performed as a way of welcoming travellers to the community.
Trek along with mountain gorillas in Nkuringo sector – Regarding access, Nkuringo sector is easily accessed from Kabale district. The distance is roughly 45 kilometres off Kabale Kisoro highway taking roughly 3 hours’ drive from Kabale. Travellers can also drive direct to Kisoro from where they connect direct to Nkuringo. Also, the sector can be reached via Buhoma when travellers use the Kabale Butogota route. Those who are using public transport are advised to hire private cars since no buses drive direct to Nkuringo. The strenuous hike to Nkuringo sector require travellers to be physically fits and highly determined but the experience is life changing and memorable.
If you are tracking Mountain Gorillas in Nkuringo sector, you are assured of excellent food and sleeping services. Luxury, midrange and budget lodges have been established in Nkuringo to ensure travellers comfort and safety in this region. The popular lodges in Nkuringo include Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Nkuringo Gorilla lodge and Hammer kop bunkhouse among others. However, travellers are reminded of the difference in lodge prices depending on the quality of the service and the status of the lodge.
Conclusively, Nkuringo region is an exceptional sector to visit on your Uganda Gorilla safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Trek Mountain Gorillas, do nature forest walks, Bird watching birds visit local communities in Nkuringo sector all rewarding you with a memorable life changing experience in Uganda. Great Adventure Safaris helps you book a safari to trek along with mountain gorillas in Nkuringo sector and cozy accommodation in the area.