Uganda has half of the remaining endangered Mountain Gorillas in the world and you can have this life time experience at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is categorized in sectors and we have Buhoma sector, Nkuringo sector, Ruhija sector and Rushaga sector. Buhoma sector being the first sector where gorilla trekking started in Uganda, is also that exceptional region of the park and has 3 gorilla families for trekking and each family only a group of 8 people trek a family per day. These families are; Mubare gorilla family, Habinyanja gorilla family and Rushegura gorilla family, but the Mubare gorilla family in Buhoma sector was the first family to be trekked and habituated in 1992.
Why trek gorillas in Buhoma sector?
If it were possible, Buhoma sector would undeniably be a first stop for all travelers to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Buhoma is located in the Northern part of Bwindi in Kanugu district. It’s not surprising that most travelers booking gorilla safaris first ask whether there’s availability of gorilla permits in Buhoma. This has left many people wondering and stunned on what makes the sector unique compared to other sectors which are normally asked as the other alternative. Gorilla permits in Buhoma are always fully booked by early travelers since gorilla permits are issued on first come first serve basis. Buhoma is also easily accessible region in Bwindi forest national park. The sector is roughly 2hours drive from Kabale town via Kanungu and 4 hours from Ishasha sector south of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Easily accessible is an advantage where travelers get a chance to drive through Ishasha for game drives searching for Tree climbing Lions. Alternatively travelers can fly direct to Kihihi Airstrip and then drive a few Kilometers to the park.
Apart from gorilla trekking, travelers can include community walks by interacting with the Batwa Pygmies and Bakiga communities. Batwa is more interesting because they demonstrate their forest life before they were evicted to the edge of the forest. Travelers can also take part in local communities’ chores such as digging, preparing local food, baby-sitting, brewing local beers and collecting fruits among others. There’s also forest walks to different points of the park and also Birders can must do bird watching if the safari is to be complete.
In general, a gorilla safari to Buhoma sector is a lifetime experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The ease acces, comfortable lodges and camps and all other activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.