Uganda Safaris

Located and found in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Nkuringo sector is fantastically one of the 4 major trailheads where treks kick start in this particular park. The others include Buhoma which is located in north, Ruhija in the east and Rushaga in the south. Nkuringo is remarkably one of the most popular sectors that provide amazing gorilla trekking experience to visitors on gorilla safari in Uganda. For a few of you who have taken initiative to track mountain gorillas within this sector, you can testify what this region has to offer.

Gorilla tracking commenced in Nkuringo Sector in year 2004 with 8 permits available per pay to visit what in known at the Nkuringo gorilla group. Pilot tracking commenced in July 2008 of the Nshongi group close to Rushaga sector, about 17km from Nkuringo sector, also in the southern sector of the park. The Nshongi gorilla group opened for tracking to visitors in September 2009 where 8 permits are available per day. Two additional habituated groups namely Mishaya and Kahungye are also tracked from the Rushaga visitor’s reception.

The habituated gorilla family in this sector is Nkuringo which is the first to be habituated in the sector.

Why Go Gorilla Trekking in Nkuringo is really fantastic and amazing to do.

The Nkuringo sector is found in the southern sector of the Bwindi Impenetrable national park and the home to the famous Nkuringo gorilla family group which is believed to be the most interesting group to visit with 19 gorilla family members and yet the most strenuous group to trek while in Uganda. A visit to the Nkuringo sector of the park, rewards visitors with great views of the magnificent scenery, landscapes of Kabale as well as the Nyiragongo and Nyimuragira of Congo. Nkuringo also allows only 8 visitors to its gorilla family group in a day. The Nkuringo gorilla family group is neighbored by the Nshongi gorilla family group near the Rushaga area of the park.
Nkuringo is about 45 kilo meters from the sign-posted junction on Kabale to Kisoro road and it’s usually 3 hours from Kabale. Moving from Kampala, Nkuringo can be accessed via the Kabale –Kisoro road using a bus and this lasts between 11- 12 hours. At Kisoro you can opt to hire a private vehicle to the Nkuringo sector of the forest.
Nkuringo sector can be reached via the Buhoma via Kihihi or Butogota on the daily bus from Kampala. It is necessary to take a private hire taxi from either Kihihi or Butogota to Buhoma. And in the morning, enjoy a forest nature walk through the park to the Nkuringo sector which may last between 5 and 7 hours.

Apart from Mountain gorilla tracking in this sector, you will enjoy a Forest Nature Walk normally done in the morning hours to and from the Nkuringo and Buhoma sectors of the Bwindi forest via the Ivy and Kashasha rivers bringing you to the Buhoma area by lunch time.

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