Gorilla trekking in Nkuringo is the most adventurous and toughest trail and had reached gorilla Nkuringo is located in the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park. Nkuringo sector gorilla safari is the best and the most exciting but challenging because of the hilly trails but gorillas if found give the best experience.
The Nkuringo sector was established in Bwindi forest national park in 2004 as the second national park after buhoma and was popularly known for being the home to the most elegant and fiercely silver back Rafiki suddenly silverback was killed by poachers in June 2020 despite the remaining tourists seek for gorilla safari when in Uganda for gorilla trips.
Nkuringo is complementary to the other 4 sectors of Bwindi impenetrable national park which are best for gorilla trekking activity. Nkuringo sector has an incredible view of Virunga national park, and volcanoes national park and the crater lakes in the sector will offer the best life memory experience to visitors. For tourists who are fit and focused on gorilla trekking and prefer more hours looking for mountain gorillas, the Nkuringo sector offers the best.
Detailed information on gorilla families in the Nkuringo sector
Named after its sector, the family initially the family was sighted at Nkuringo hill with 19 members and 1 silverback called Nkuringo. Nkuringo died four after they were open for tourism and Rafiki took over the leadership. Rafiki was also killed in 2020 and the safari the dominant silver back took over the family and successfully led the family.
This is the newest and the latest gorilla family in the Nkuringo sector with about 7 individuals led by Christmas the dominant silver back. Located within the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park and has one silver back, 4 females 1 black back, and 1 infant. The introduction of this family to tourism increased the number of permits in the Nkuringo sector to 24. This means 24 tourists can track Nkuringo the gorillas sector per day.
Bushaho gorilla family.
Bushaho was the second gorilla family to be habituated and open for tourism in the Nkuringo sector after the pioneer Nkuringo. Currently, Bushaho has 11 individuals headed the silver back Bahati and it consists of 11 members. The number of gorillas per family can increase depending on the aggressiveness of the silver back to raid some new members and shire offspring’s
Nkuringo sector has one posho gorilla which is still under habituation and is not yet opened for tourism it is still under the monitoring of researchers and rangers, the silver backer leader is not yet known and the number of individuals is not known, when it is ready for tourism it will increase of several gorilla families in Nkuringo to four.
Other activities in Nkuringo
Besides gorilla safaris, the Nkuringo sector offers other activities that include birding
Bwindi impenetrable national park that has about 200 bird species and this has it the best destination for a bird-watching safari while on a Uganda tour. Birds can be seen on the trails while doing gorilla trekking activities. the most common birds to be seen are starling, great blue turaco bird, egrets, kingfisher, ring-necked dove ring-necked heron, long-horned, owl, grey crown crane wagtail among others. A gorilla trip in Nkuringo coupled with a birding safari will give a fantastic memorable experience.
Apart from gorilla trips, Bwindi offers yet other interesting activities like nature walks and hiking that will offer visitors a chance to see various attractions in Bwindi impenetrable national park. The hiking starts from the north part of Bwindi to the south of Bwindi and this will offer you a chance to see nature.
On special arrangements with your tour operator, local community walks can be arranged and during your gorilla safari in Nkuringo you can visit Batwa’s local community. These are natives of Bwindi impenetrable forest. They live near the forest. And after them being removed from the forest they set up a site where they showcase and demonstrate how they used to live in the forest. Interesting activities include showcasing their hunting techniques, dances, and how they used to depend on forests for food.
How to access the Nkuringo gorilla sector
Where to stay while in the Nkuringo gorilla sector
Bwindi impenetrable national park offers the best of accommodations ranging from budget, midrange, and high-end. As illustrated below
Lake Mulehe gorilla lodge
Crested crane Bwindi hotel
Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge
This is located behind and adjacent to Mgahinga national park and can be accessed easily by visitors from Bwindi impenetrable national park in the Nkuringo sector and Mgahinga national park.