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How to book Gorilla Trekking in Buhoma. Are you planning and interested to do gorilla trekking in Buhoma, yes this is very possible with Eco Adventure Safaris, the best time to go for gorilla trekking in Buhoma is during the months of June to October and December to March every year. During this period services and gorilla permits tend to sell out in advance which forces many tourists to miss out on the gorilla trek in Buhoma, so as a company we advise you to book your gorilla trek in Buhoma in advance.
All year round especially in high season, the Buhoma sector attracts many tourists to visit this sector to do their gorilla trekking because it is home to the only two lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located within the Bwindi forest that is Gorilla Sanctuary Forest Camp and Bwindi Lodge these offer a stunning experience during your gorilla trek in Bwindi. The sector is also where gorilla trekking started and this also gives many travelers confidence that they will gorillas here compared to other sectors, it is also home to many gorilla families second to the Rushaga sector making it easy to get the gorilla permit. The sector is also home to many luxury accommodations compared to all other sectors in Bwindi making it great for luxury travelers, these are among the major reasons why gorilla permits and services sell out in advance in the Buhoma sector. Encounter Africa Safaris will also help you find the best budget lodges where to stay in the Buhoma sector during your budget gorilla safari to Buhoma during high season.
About Buhoma sector
The Buhoma sector is located in the northern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; the Buhoma sector was the first sector to be habituated in 1993 just after the park was declared a UNESCO Heritage. Buhoma is the most famous and most visited part of the park, with the oldest Gorilla family Mubare and three other families of Habinyanja, Rushegura and Katwe Gorilla families.
Important things to consider when planning to go for gorilla trekking in Buhoma
Booking your gorilla permits in advance for gorilla trekking in Buhoma
When planning to go for gorilla trekking in Buhoma we recommend you book your gorilla permits at least 3 to 4 month prior your gorilla safari date. This is because during high season permits sell out in advance on a first come first serve basis. You need a gorilla permits to be allowed to trek mountain gorillas in Buhoma, this costs USD700 for Foreign nonresidents, 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 in Bwindi. Contact us here for more details on how to book gorilla permits for gorilla trekking in Buhoma in advance.
Staying in Luxury accommodation during gorilla trekking in Buhoma
This is very important to consider when planning a budget gorilla safari to Buhoma during high season, for you to have a great experience and comfort during your safari it is great to stay in luxury accommodations. Buhoma has many luxury lodge options including the only 2 lodges located within Bwindi Forest that is Bwindi Lodge and Gorilla Sanctuary Forest Camp other luxury lodges in Buhoma include Bwindi Lodge, Mahogany springs and Silverback Lodge among others
Luxury and comfortable travel to Buhoma
You should consider traveling in 4×4 Land cruisers this will give you comfort on the road to Buhoma. There is also an option of flying to Kihihi Airstrip which is close to Buhoma, this will help cut the long drive from Entebbe/Kampala which is normally 8-9 hours drives to only 1 hour drive that you spend from Kihihi to your lodge in Buhoma.
What to pack/wear during Gorilla Trekking in Buhoma
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 Buhoma Sector for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
By Air: You can get to the Buhoma by air which is faster and less tiresome. Aero link is a domestic airline offering both schedule and charter flights to Kihihi Airstrip from where you connect to Buhoma. There is no direct flight to Buhoma but you can be dropped off to Kihihi where you will be picked up by our professional guide and dropped at your lodge. The drive time from Kihihi to a nearby lodge is approximately 1 hour. Passengers are always required to check in 90minutes before the scheduled departure time on you flight. It is also important to note that aero links baggage is 15kilograms per person and an excess is charged at 3usd per kilo. There also private charters available for client’s that have different timing requirements and different routings too. You might also want to travel with your kids which are free for an infant below 2years old. Children above 12years are carried at 70% of the adults fare.
By Road: Buhoma can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will pass through Kabale town and proceed to Buhoma. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 4-5 hours drive.
Why book gorilla trekking in Buhoma with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris offers low-budget gorilla trekking safaris to Buhoma in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. 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. We have some Gorilla safaris to Buhoma and these include; the 2 days Budget Gorilla safari, the 3 days Luxury Gorilla Fly-in safari, 4 Days Gorilla Trekking and Batwa Cultural Tour, it all depends on your preference. Feel free to contact us.