Nkuringo sector, nestled in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, stands as one of the four distinct sectors in Bwindi that serve as the dwelling grounds for the majestic mountain gorillas. This sector complements its counterparts – Buhoma in the north, Ruhija in the east, and Rushaga in the south – to collectively create the magnificent Bwindi. Nkuringo boasts its famous Nkuringo gorilla family, offering an exceptional trekking experience for travelers. Those who have embarked on mountain gorilla treks in the Nkuringo sector have attested to the captivating interactions with the Nkuringo gorilla group. This family, led by Bahati, who separated from the Nshongi family in Rushaga sector to form his own group, consists of 19 members. Similar to other gorilla groups, the Nkuringo family accommodates up to eight travelers each day, which means there are eight gorilla permits available.
The Nkuringo gorilla family was habituated in 2009, and this was when the first group of travelers had the privilege of visiting them. Moreover, the Nkuringo sector rewards travelers with breathtaking views of Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira volcanoes in Virunga National Park, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
the Nkuringo sector is an excellent destination for nature and forest walks. These walks typically occur during the early mornings and evenings, starting from various points. Travelers connecting from Buhoma are highly recommended for a closer encounter with birds, even those at a distance. For those who use the Kabale-Butogota-Buhoma-Nkuringo route, there are excellent opportunities for forest walks to Nkuringo. A forest walk in Nkuringo allows travelers to immerse themselves in the serene, tranquil, and natural environment, with a high likelihood of encountering other animals like baboons, monkeys, and forest pigs, enhancing the overall safari experience.
Bird watching is another activity that should not be overlooked during your gorilla safari to Nkuringo. Bird watching can be seamlessly integrated into forest walks, where travelers can relish the melodious songs of various avian species perched high in the trees. Bird enthusiasts can anticipate sightings of species like the African emerald cuckoo, white-tailed blue flycatcher, short-tailed warbler, yellow-eyed black-catcher, Kivu ground thrush, African blue flycatcher, black bee-eater, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, and garners warbler. Don’t forget your binoculars!
Visitors are also encouraged to explore the Batwa and Bakiga community villages in the Nkuringo sector, gaining valuable insights into local traditions, norms, and cultures. These community trails are led by experienced local guides and often involve passing through banana plantations and other gardens, making the experience even more engaging. Upon reaching the local communities, travelers can participate in various local activities, such as doffing, food preparation, and other household chores, further enriching their understanding of the local way of life. Additionally, travelers are treated to traditional dances, songs, and poems as a warm welcome by the local community.
In terms of accessibility, the Nkuringo sector can be easily reached from Kabale district, covering a distance of approximately 45 kilometers via the Kabale-Kisoro highway, which takes roughly 3 hours by car. Alternatively, travelers can drive directly to Kisoro and then continue to Nkuringo. If using the Kabale-Butogota route, travelers can connect from Buhoma. It’s important to note that public transport options are limited, so travelers are advised to hire private cars, as there are no buses or taxis that provide direct transport to Nkuringo.
The strenuous hike to Nkuringo sector demands travelers to be physically fit and highly determined. However, the life-changing and memorable experience it offers makes it entirely worthwhile.
Accommodation in the Nkuringo sector caters to a variety of preferences, offering excellent food and sleeping services. A range of lodges, including luxury, midrange, and budget options, have been established in Nkuringo to ensure the comfort and safety of travelers in this region. Popular lodges in Nkuringo include Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Campsite, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge, and Hammerkop Bunkhouse, among others. It’s essential to keep in mind that lodge prices may vary based on the quality of service and the lodge’s status.
In conclusion, Nkuringo region is an exceptional sector to visit during your gorilla safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Trekking mountain gorillas, enjoying nature walks, bird watching, and visiting local communities in the Nkuringo sector all promise a memorable and life-changing experience. Trek Africa Expeditions provides compelling reasons to choose Nkuringo sector for your mountain gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.