Gorilla Groups In Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national Park
Gorilla Groups In Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is located in the southern region of the park near Kisoro town. Nkuringo sector is situated on a higher altitude of 6800 feet above sea level and the sector was opened up for gorilla trekking in 2004.
Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can also be accessed from Kigali the capital city of Rwanda only 5 hours’ drive from the Cyanika border. Many tourists prefer trekking gorillas in the Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park because it offers the best scenic views of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and a chain of m mountains along the border of Rwanda, Uganda, and DR Congo.
Although mountain gorillas in the Nkuringo sector are few you can have an overnight stay in Nkuringo and trek mountain gorillas in the Rushaga sector because it’s very close to Nkuringo.
Christmas gorilla family
Christmas gorilla family is the newest gorilla in the Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, the group is composed of 1 silverback, 1 black back, 3 females, and 1 baby dominated by a silverback called Christmas.
Nkuringo gorilla family
Nkuringo gorilla family gets its name from a silverback that took over the group at the time of habituation, the word is translated to mean round hills where the group was first sighted by trackers and rangers.
Nkuringo the dominating silverback later died after 4 years of habituation living in the group dominated by his son called safari. Nkuringo is the only lucky gorilla group in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park to have twins but, unfortunately, one of the twins died before reaching his second birthday. The group is now made of 17 members led by safari.
Gorilla habituation in Bwindi
There are two gorilla groups undergoing habituation in the Rushaga sector of the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park near the Nkuringo sector. These 2 gorilla groups are Bushaho and Bukingi. Gorilla habituation is the process of making mountain gorillas get used to human presence. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the gorilla park where visitors can have an opportunity of joining trekkers and researchers in their daily work of habituation. Gorilla habituation in Bwindi is done at a fee of $1500 and this gets you to stay up to a maximum of 4 hours with gorillas, unlike gorilla trekking where you spend only one hour.
Mountain gorilla permits for the Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be obtained from the Uganda wildlife authority in Kampala or through any trusted tour operator. The cost of gorilla permits is $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents per person per trek, and gorilla habituation in the Rushaga sector of the park is $1500. Children below the age of 15 and people with infectious diseases such as flu, cough, and diarrhea are not allowed to trek. You are advised to book a gorilla permit 3-5 months before arriving in the country to avoid inconvenience.
Where to get gorilla permits In Uganda
In Uganda, the gorilla permits are purchased from the Uganda wildlife authority a government body in charge of tourism and wildlife conservation. Similarly, gorilla permits can be accessed through any trusted tour operator such as Africa Adventure vacations who will help you contact the Uganda wildlife authority for availability, buy and deliver gorilla trekking permits on behalf of clients. Buying a gorilla trekking permit can also be done online.
When to buy gorilla permits in Uganda
Tourists are always advised to buy a gorilla permit at least 4 months earlier before the actual trekking dates. Visitors are also required to make full payment of the gorilla trekking permits once they have confirmed the safari dates. Time early booking is to ensure proper planning and timely allocation of the gorilla permits since gorilla groups live in different sectors of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park- Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo and buying your permit early enough helps in selecting the best accommodation in that particular sector where the gorilla permits are allocated.
How to get to Nkuringo Sector for gorilla trekking
Nkuringo sector is a very accessible gorilla trekking sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park. Visitors can use road transport directly from Entebbe international airport which takes 8-9hours to drive as you make a stopover at the equator for breakfast and at Igongo cultural center in Mbarara for lunch. The road trip is entertaining and enjoyable with a lot of things to see on the road trip. Visitors can as well drive from Kigali international airport to cross the Katuna or Cyanika borders of Rwanda and Uganda and reach the Nkuringo sector. While accessing the Nkuringo via Rwanda, you will be able to pass through /drive through Kabale town and you will access this sector for about 4-5hours to drive from Kigali Rwanda to Ruhija. You can as well opt to use air transport to connect to the Nkuringo sector by having a scheduled charter flight from Entebbe international airport/Kajjansi Airfield to Kihihi airfield which is located in Kanungu district. Aerolink is the best domestic airline company that operates morning scheduled flights from Entebbe/Kajjansi to Kisoro or Kihihi airstrip and there you connect tin Nkuringo sector.
Accommodation in Nkuringo Sector Bwindi
There are a lot of accommodation facilities in the Nkuringo sector ranging from camps, hotels, and lodges where visitors can stay for their gorilla trekking activity in this sector. The accommodation facilities in the Nkuringo area in form of budget, midrange accommodation facilities, and upmarket or luxury accommodation facilities. It is us Africa Adventure Vacations that can help you book a comfortable accommodation facility depending on your preference and budget. While in Nkuringo you can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla lodge and Ryarutagara as the best budget accommodation facility, then clouds Mountain Gorilla lodge as an upmarket lodge Luxury lodge. Visitors can also stay at Four Gorilla Lodge. since Rushaga is close to Nkuringo, then there is a chance that you can as well stay in accommodation facilities near Rushaga. And trek gorilla in Nkuringo Sector. It is only one hour to drive from Rushaga to the Nkuringo gorilla trekking sector. Most of the lodges ensure that there are standardized services including WIFE, en suite bathrooms all providing a three-meal course including breakfast, lunch, and supper.