Nkuringo Sector, gracefully nestled in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, stands as one of the four primary trailheads for embarking on the remarkable journey of Gorilla tracking. The other trailheads include Buhoma in the North, Ruhija in the East, and Rushaga in the South. Nkuringo Sector, with its awe-inspiring scenery and enchanting Gorilla tracking experiences, has gained immense popularity among visitors on Gorilla safaris to Uganda. For those who have ventured to track Mountain Gorillas in this sector, the region’s allure is a testament to its unparalleled charm.
Nkuringo Sector, located in the southern reaches of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, is the home to three distinct Gorilla families: Bushaho, Christmas, and Nkuringo Gorilla families. A Gorilla tracking expedition in the Nkuringo Sector offers visitors breathtaking vistas of the magnificent landscapes of Kabale and the majestic Nyiragongo and Nyimuragira volcanoes of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nkuringo Sector allows a maximum of 24 visitors access to its three Gorilla families per day, with each Gorilla family receiving a group of eight visitors. The Nkuringo Gorilla Sector shares its borders with the Rushaga Sector of Bwindi National Park.
Accessing Nkuringo Sector is approximately 45 kilometers from the junction signposted on the Kabale to Kisoro road, and the journey from Kabale typically takes three hours. If you are coming from Kampala, you can reach the Nkuringo Sector via the Kabale-Kisoro road by bus, a journey lasting approximately 10 to 11 hours. Upon reaching Kisoro town, you have the option to hire a private vehicle to take you to the Nkuringo Sector within the forest. Alternatively, you can opt for the daily bus from Kampala to either Kihihi or Butogota and then take a private hire taxi to Buhoma. From Buhoma, a nature walk through the forest to the Nkuringo Sector is a scenic adventure that can last between 5 to 7 hours, depending on your pace and interests.
During your visit to the Nkuringo Sector, you can engage with the Batwa Pygmies, discovering their way of life and unique cultural practices, such as hunting and fishing within the forest. The Batwa Pygmies also entertain visitors with traditional music, dance, storytelling, and more.
While in the Nkuringo Sector, you can revel in the finest scenic and bird-watching opportunities, embarking on a serene ride across Lake Mutanda in a dugout wooden canoe. As you traverse the lake, you will be treated to the captivating sight of diverse bird species within the forest, all while enjoying the stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes, which straddle the Uganda-Rwanda border.
Hikes and treks in Nkuringo Sector offer the most challenging and rewarding Gorilla-watching experiences within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. If you have a passion for photography, Nkuringo Sector is the perfect place to visit during your Gorilla safari in Uganda. The breathtaking views of the surrounding areas, including the Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira volcanoes of the Virunga National Park, promise enchanting travel experiences.
During the habituation process, the Nkuringo family initially consisted of 19 members, later reducing to 12 individuals. This family was habituated in 1997, and in December 2004, it welcomed a set of twins. The family was led by Rafiki Silverback until his passing, and now, it is under the leadership of a Blackback. The Nkuringo family is a remarkable primate adventure, offering unique experiences that make this sector truly exceptional. It’s not just the Gorilla tracking; it’s the remarkable and challenging encounters that set Nkuringo apart.
Apart from Gorilla treks, Nkuringo Sector is an ideal destination for nature and forest walks. Nature lovers can embark on these exploratory journeys in the morning and evening from the starting point. For those traveling from the Buhoma area, you can utilize the Kabale Butogota-Buhoma route and then connect to the Nkuringo route. Nature and forest walks allow you to encounter a variety of primates, including monkeys, baboons, and forest pigs, among other wildlife.
Nkuringo Sector is also a haven for bird enthusiasts. Birdwatching in this sector offers the chance to spot a wide array of avian species, such as the African emerald cuckoo, white-tailed blue flycatchers, short-tailed warblers, yellow-eyed black catcher, Kivu ground thrush, Africa blue flycatcher, black bee-eaters, and more. It’s recommended to be equipped with binoculars to ensure excellent views of the diverse bird species.
For those interested in cultural encounters, Nkuringo Sector provides opportunities for cultural immersion, especially in the Batwa and Bakiga community villages. Cultural expeditions in this area allow you to delve into local traditions, norms, and customs. Knowledgeable guides lead you through banana plantations and other gardens, offering a fascinating journey along community trails. During cultural tours in this community, you can savor the unique traditional dances, songs, and poems performed by local artists. The Batwa and Bakiga community offers a plethora of activities for a culturally enriching experience.
There are numerous accommodation options for an overnight stay in the Nkuringo Sector, catering to a range of budgets from budget to luxury. Some of the options include Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Hammerkop Bunkhouse, Nkuringo Gorilla Campsite, and more.
In conclusion, a visit to the Nkuringo Sector promises an array of thrilling adventure experiences. Whether it’s Gorilla tracking, habituation experiences, birdwatching, nature walks, cultural interactions, or more, this sector offers a diverse range of activities to enhance your travel endeavors. To book your Gorilla trekking safaris in the Nkuringo Sector of Bwindi National Park, don’t hesitate to contact Trek Africa Expeditions for an unforgettable journey.