Trek with Buhoma mountain gorillas of Bwindi forest – Buhoma gorilla permits
Trek with Buhoma mountain gorillas of Bwindi forest – Buhoma sector is the Northern Gorilla tracking 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 Ruhija in the East, Rushaga and Nkuringo in the South, which together make up the mighty the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Buhoma sector is a home to five famous habituated Mountain Gorilla families of Muyambi, Rushegura, Katwe, Habinyanja and Mubare Gorilla families which offers great tracking experience to travellers. Those who have trekked mountain Gorillas in Buhoma 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 40 Gorilla permits available every day.
Besides Gorilla tracking, Buhoma sector is good for nature/forest walks. These are usually done in the early mornings and evening starting from different points. A forest walk takes 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 Buhoma. 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 with Buhoma mountain gorillas of Bwindi forest – Regarding access, Buhoma sector is easily accessed from Kabale district. The distance is roughly 76 kilometres off Kabale-Kisoro highway taking roughly 3-4 hours’ drive from Kabale. Those who are using public transport there is a bus which goes to Buhoma. The strenuous hike to Buhoma sector require travellers to be physically fits and highly determined but the experience is life changing and memorable.
Accommodation in Buhoma sector
If you are tracking Mountain Gorillas in Buhoma sector, you are assured of excellent food and sleeping services. Luxury, midrange and budget lodges have been established in Buhoma to ensure travellers comfort and safety in this region. The popular lodges in Buhoma include Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge, and Trekkers Lodge 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, Buhoma 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 Buhoma sector all rewarding you with a memorable life changing experience in Uganda.