Bwindi sectors for Gorilla Trekking Safaris
Despite the fact that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is too small, it is very thick and quite a challenge to walk through. It is also made up of other physical features like the rivers, waterfalls and swamps to mention a few. Its thickness and impenetrable nature in addition to the kind of the primates conserved prescribed it to be fragmented into several sectors. These four sectors include: Rushaga, Buhoma, Ruhija and Nkuringo.
In today’s write up, we peruse through the four different sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and in case you are interested to learn more of go for a gorilla tracking safari, Contact Jewel Safaris-your trusted and reliable tour operator. These four sectors are explained below.
Gorilla trekking regions in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Northern tracking sectors of Bwindi
This is the legendary sector in the whole of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Historically, Buhoma sector in the northern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the mother of the tracking experience. It is where the first gorilla habituation process took place in 1991 and two years later, the first gorilla tracking experience happening. The first mountain gorilla family to be habituated and tracked was Mubare.
Best and ideal for luxurious gorilla safaris, Buhoma is made up of high-end accommodation facilities. Nevertheless, you can still sleep in Ruhija and do gorilla tracking in Buhoma.
Just about a 2 hour’s drive from Bwindi’s Buhoma sector is the Ishasha sector- famous for the tree climbing lions and therefore the most loved point of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After tracking mountain gorillas, you can easily connect to Ishasha sector for a game drive in search of the tree-climbing lions and other wildlife species in the park.
What to do at Buhoma sector.
The best and most thrilling activity here is mountain gorilla tracking which is the most rewarding and ultimately incredible experience that any traveller looks forward to when for a Ugandan safari.
Community visits to the surrounding communities like the Bakiga and the Batwa gives you a chance to interact with the locals of the area.
There are also several trails to hike for the physically fit and still strong travellers. The trails here include: Waterfall trail, Munyanga trail, river Ivi trail and so many others. Buhoma sector is also a perfect spot for the ardent bird watchers and the key birds spotted here include: The Greater Blue Turaco and several others.
Located in the eastern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Ruhija sector stands at an elevation of 2,350 above sea level, making it one of the coldest places in the park. The sector is easily accessible from Buhoma region in the North and Kibale town in the South due to its strategic location. Ruhija is also close to Buhoma sector and it is possible for one to spend a night in Ruhija sector and do tracking at Buhoma sector.
There are three gorilla families found in Ruhija and they include: Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguriro. There is more to Ruhija like bird watching which is it renowned for and the hike to Rwamunyonyi, the highest point in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Southern tracking sectors of Bwindi
Located in the higher altitude of the vast home to the great ape of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Nkuringo is the sector recommended for the tough and physically fit travellers.
The Bushasho gorilla family crosses from Rushaga to the Nkuringo region still in the southern part of the park. The main gorilla group profound here is the Nkuringo gorilla family.
Rushaga sector or region.
Rushaga is the most preferred region for the ultimate thrilling mountain gorilla trekking safari because it hosts the highest number of mountain gorilla families. This sector is found in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and home to 8 already habituated mountain gorillas that include Mishaya, Nshongi, and Kahungye, Busingye, Bweza and several others.
Apparently, Rushaga is the only sector in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that allows gorilla habituation experience and there are 2 gorilla family groups which visitors can track for the habituation experience. The two families under habituation include: Bushasho and Bikyingi.
Don’t worry about accommodation because this region is so packed with all classes of accommodation facilities ranging from luxury, mid-range and budget. While here, you can do a gorilla habituation experience, gorilla trekking, bird watching, cultural experience and so many others.
For any gorilla trekking and habituation safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, prior permit booking is recommended to ease the process and minimize disappointments at last minute. Contact Jewel Safaris and our professional, experienced and dedicated team will help in making your bookings and reservations.