Gorilla trekking experience in Buhoma sector 2022/ 2023; Buhoma sector is one of the gorilla trekking destinations located in northern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park which is the . Buhoma sector is the best gorilla trekking destination in Bwindi forest due to the fact that it is the first sector to be opened for gorilla trekking in 1993 and it’s a home of five habituated gorilla families namely Mubare, Rushegura, Habinyanja, Binyindo and Katwe gorilla family which are open for trekking daily. Apart from Buhoma sector, gorilla trekking in Uganda is also done in Nkuringo sector in the south, Ruhija sector in the east and Rushaga sector in the south.

Gorilla trekking in Buhoma sector starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will be subdivided into groups of 8 people where each groups will be allocated an experienced park guide who is conversant with different gorilla trekking trails. Trekking of mountain gorillas in Buhoma sector takes about 30 minutes to 6 hours depending on where the gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view different bird species, other primates, plant and tree species among others and once the mountain gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn more about their behaviors, habits, watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, grooming young ones, take photos and record the incredible videos to show people back home after the safari, Gorilla trekking experience in Buhoma sector in 2022/ 2023

Best time to go for gorilla trekking in Buhoma sector

Gorilla trekking permits in Buhoma sector can be done anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season, there is less or little rainfall in the national park therefore gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy compared to the wet season when the trails are muddy and slippery hence making trekking difficult.

Gorilla trekking experience in Buhoma sector in 2022/ 2023
Buhoma Gorilla Trekking

Cost of gorilla trekking permits in Buhoma sector

Gorilla trekking permits are legal cards or documents that are issued to visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them to visit habituated gorilla families and spend one hour with them. Gorilla trekking permits in Buhoma sector cost 700 USD per person for foreign non residents, 600 USD per person for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.

How to book gorilla trekking permits in Buhoma sector

Gorilla trekking permits in Buhoma sector can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) by contacting the park headquarters in Kampala via email or telephone calls inquiring about availability of gorilla trekking permits. Gorilla trekking permits in Buhoma sector can also be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us with the date, month and year when you wish to visit the mountain gorillas. After contacting us, we will check for permit availability and once there re permits available on your preferred dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once we receive the money, we will acquire permits on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.

Gorilla trekking permits in Buhoma sector should however be booked 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date because they are competitive and usually get sold out quickly especially during the peak season in the months of June to September and December to February therefore in order to avoid last minute disappointments you are advised to book in advance, Gorilla trekking experience in Buhoma sector in 2022/ 2023

How to get to Buhoma sector

Buhoma sector is located in the northern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park and can be accessed by road transport means where visitors will drive from Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Kanungu and then to Buhoma sector which takes about 8 to 9 hours’ drive.

Visitors can also access Buhoma sector from Kigali Rwanda where they will fly to Kigali international airport and then cross to Buhoma sector through Katuna border which takes about 4 to 5 hours’ drive.

Buhoma sector can also be accessed by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter domestic flights by Aero link Uganda or Bar aviation from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kihihi airstrip and then connect to Buhoma sector by road.

Other activities in Buhoma sector

Buhoma sector offers other interesting activities that visitors can engage in after gorilla trekking including Batwa cultural tour where you will be able to interact with the Batwa/ pygmies, nature walks, bird watching among others.

Gorilla trekking experience in Buhoma sector in 2022/ 2023
Batwa Cultural Trail

Where to stay during your gorilla trekking safari in Buhoma sector

There are a number of accommodation facilities in Buhoma sector where you will stay during your gorilla trekking experience. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and luxury including Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Buhoma Haven Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Volcanoes Bwindi lodge, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Bwindi View Bandas among others.

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