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Are you an experienced hiker and you are looking for a hard gorilla trekking region in Bwindi, difficult hard and strenuous gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. Would like to test your adrenaline during the gorilla trek to search for the mountain gorillas in Bwindi. Nkuringo region is known as the side of Bwindi impenetrable national park is hard for gorilla trekking. Nkruingo is located on higher altitudes, which make trekking in this region very strenuous and hard. The sector is recommended for the young and energetic travelers and those interested in something beyond just seeing gorillas but also hiking. While in this area it’s clear and straightforward to see the Virunga Volcanoes in Uganda and Rwanda and may give you ideas to visit the region.
Where is Nkuringo region located in Bwindi
Nkuringo region is located in the southern part of Bwindi altitude ranges from 1190 to 2607, Nkuringo is home to 3 gorilla groups for trekking and these include Nkuringo family, Bushabo family and Christmas family available for trekking. At times, the Bushaho gorilla family crosses from Rushaga to Nkuringo Nkuringo sector, which means you can find them either way.
Nkuringo sector has 24 gorilla permits available for sell every day. For you to trek Nkuringo gorillas you will need to book your permit in advance so that you are assured of your spot for trekking the gorillas in this region. For you to block these permits you can either pay 100%, 70% or 30% in advance the total of each permit. Each gorilla permit costs USD700 for Foreign non residents, USD600 for Foreign residents and 250,000 Uganda Shillings for East Africa Citizens and this gives an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the Mountain Gorillas of this family. We recommend you block the gorilla permits atleast 3 to 4 month prior your gorilla safari date. This is because during high season permits sell out in advance on first come first serve basis. Contact us here for more details on how to book all gorilla permits for tracking Nkuringo gorillas in advance to enable you trek gorillas in this region.
Where to stay in Nkuringo during your gorilla trek
This is very important to consider when planning for a gorilla trek to Nkuringo, for you to have a great experience and comfort during your safari it is great to stay in luxury accommodations options include Gorilla Heights Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge and Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge. Nkuringo has few budget lodge options from which you can choose from and options and the best budget option is camping. You can as well stay at budget Lodges in Rushaga and from here you will be able to trek gorillas in Nkuringo.
Comfortable travel to Nkuringo
You should consider traveling in 4×4 Land cruisers this will give you comfort on the road to Nkuringo. There is also an option of flying to Kisoro Airstrip which is close to Nkuringo; this will help cut the long drive from Entebbe/Kampala which is normally 8-9 hours drives to only 2 hour drive that you spend from Kisoro Airstrip to your lodge in Nkuringo.
What to wear during the hard gorilla trekking?
You might be probably wondering what to wear for your trek, below is a compiled list on what to wear;
- A long armed sweater since the park gets cold
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- Water proof hiking boots
- A hat and sun glasses depending on the weather though this is optional
- Cameras and long lasting batteries since photography are very important to keep your memories alive. Always remember to keep our flash off.
- A pair of Binoculars. This will help you to see the vast birds Bwindi impenetrable forest has among other primates
- Gardening Gloves; these will help you when you a holding onto trees are branches through the trek.
- A rain coat; Since Bwindi impenetrable forest is rainforest, the rain is unpredictable so to be on a safer side, you will be required to carry along a coat.
- A mosquito Repellent; since it is a forest, it has different dangerous insects so its advisable to carry it along or wear it
- A sun screen; Well this is optional but depending on the season, it might get too hot and you end up getting sun burns on your skin so to avoid that, you will need a sun screen.
- You should not wear very bright colors since this will charge or scare away the gorillas.
- Black and Blue colors are also not recommended since they attract Tsetse flies So I would recommend neutral colors.
How to get Nkuringo Sector for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
By Air: You can get to Nkuringo by air which is faster and less tiresome. Aero link is a domestic airline offering both scheduled and charter flights to Kisoro Airstrip from where you connect to Nkuringo. There is no direct flight to Nkuringo but you can be dropped off to Kisoro Airstrip where you will be picked up by our professional guide and dropped at your lodge. The drive time from Kisoro to a nearby lodge is approximately 1 hour.
By Road: Nkuringo can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which is approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will pass through Kabale town and proceed to Nkuringo. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 4-5 hours drive.
What is the best time to book mountain gorilla trekking in Nkuringo
The best time is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown.
Why book your gorilla trek in the Nkuringo region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with us
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing gorilla trekking safari experiences in Uganda and Rwanda. We are also highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor. We combine gorilla trekking safaris with eco-friendly and unforgettable high-end adventure and wildlife safaris that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife, and uplift local communities, these include chimpanzee trekking, Big 5 safaris, and game viewing, Mountain Hiking, Boat cruises excursions, and Cultural encounters to give you a memorable and best African Safari experience including popular and great African safari destinations Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, and Namibia. Feel free to contact us about where the Hard gorilla trekking region in Bwindi can be found best for an experienced mountain hiker.