Gorilla watching is a magical encounter in East and Central Africa, a dream come true for hundreds of travelers from all over the world. Most people hardly talk about gorilla tours in Uganda without mentioning Buhoma sector, which is a favorite gorilla region for most travelers coming to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. YES, Buhoma is one of the four gorilla regions that make up Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park. Located in the northern part of Bwindi forest, Buhoma is the most visited regions with great history being a home to Bwindi’s oldest gorilla family that was habituated in 1993. Initially, traveling to Buhoma sector was quite difficult due to the long distance roughly 10 hours drive from Entebbe international airport using Kampala, Mbarara, Ntungamo, Kabale route. Those traveling by air fly from kajjansi airport to Kihihi airstrip using Aero link or Fly Uganda. The good news is that the introduction of Rwanda Uganda gorilla safaris starting from Kigali crossing over to Uganda has made it easy for gorilla lovers to Buhoma without driving for long hours. Travelers fly into Kigali international airport and cross through Katuna border to Buhoma sector of Bwindi forest national park.
Why book Buhoma gorilla tours to Buhoma from Kigali Rwanda
As said already, Buhoma is the favorite sector for most travelers coming to see mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest national park. The ease of access of Buhoma from Kigali airport rather than Entebbe makes it a good choice to fly into Rwanda and cross through Katuna border to Buhoma sector in Rubanda district. The rich history of Buhoma sector makes it a must visit gorilla region in Bwindi. Those who have bee to Bwindi before confirm that an encounter with mountain gorillas in Buhoma is an exceptional encounter. Meeting face to face with the oldest gorilla family in Bwindi make it more interestingly. Also, Buhoma has more clear roads to the headquarters, which made driving though easy and quick compared to other regions.
Where to sleep in Buhoma sector
If you are wondering about the choice of accommodation facilities in Buhoma, the sector has the best selection of upmarket lodges and camps. Travelers to Buhoma are assured of first quality food and sleeping services at affordable rates. The top lodges in Buhoma sector include mahogany springs, lodge Buhoma sector, trackers safari lodge, Bwindi gorilla lodge, Bwindi view Bandas, Bwindi guest house, Bwindi volcano lodge, and gorilla forest camp. Experienced, kind and loving waiters, waitresses and housekeepers have been trained to serve you all day and night.
Gorilla families in Bwindi
Just like in other gorilla regions in Bwindi, Buhoma has got habituated gorilla families available for trekking every day. These gorilla groups have been trained by Uganda Wildlife Authority and are confirmed not dangerous to travelers. These are Habinyanja, Rushegura, and Mubare gorilla family, the oldest gorilla family in Bwindi forest and the whole of Uganda. Eight people are allowed to visit each family hence 24 gorillas permits available every day.
Which other activities to do in Buhoma
In addition to trekking mountain gorillas, Buhoma sector offers visitors a variety of tourism activities, which make a complete safari package. The alternative activities to do in Buhoma include visiting Batwa pygmies in their communities, bird watching, waterfall hiking, and forest walk among others. An encounter with local people is a great chance to learn about local people’s traditions, norms, and beliefs which encounter is an everlasting experience.
The cost of trekking gorillas in Buhoma /Uganda
Interestingly, Uganda gorilla tours are done at a relatively low cost which is $600 for non-foreign residents, $500 for foreign residents and 250,000shs for East African residents. The low cost of gorilla tours in Uganda has made the country a first stop center for most travelers coming to see mountain gorillas.
Other gorilla regions in Bwindi forest national park
In addition to Buhoma, travelers to Bwindi can also visit other gorilla regions in Bwindi forest national park. These regions include the Ruhija sector in East, Nkuringo sector and Rushaga sector in the southern part of Bwindi. Altogether, Bwindi forest has 17 gorilla families available for trekking every day.
A Uganda gorilla safari to Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is an exceptional experience. Travel to Bwindi, meet face to face with the endangered mountain gorillas and enjoy this life-changing experience.