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Nkuringo Orphanage and Bright Future School is located in the Nkuringo region southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the school is an initiative in Uganda that houses and educates many children including orphans near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The school started off by educating just 10 children and now there are over 300. The school was formed by Arthur Kajubwami in 2005 because he became worried about the number of children who were being overworked, sleeping on the roads or being forced to leave home due to a family illness or tragedy.
Nkuringo Orphanage and Bright Future School were created to provide skills in the main curriculum as well as learning skills for employment such as tailoring, beekeeping, farming, animal care, and more. These skills can be vital for when they leave the school and this training is the only form in this area and the only way, they will have a life outside of farming.
How to help Nkuringo Orphanage and Bright Future School
Through Eco Adventure Safaris you can reach out your help to the Nkuirngo Orphans. The options below are just recommendations and one can support in a simple way he/she can manage, including offering a service just like one day at school teaching the children English and other language or skills. This always gives hope to the little ones especially the orphans at Nkuringo Orphanage and Bright Future School
Often when our clients travel with us, they will be shown around the school and see the wonderful work that Arthur has done, and when they return, they commonly ask how they can help the different initiatives around Bwindi. Most of them will donate money to fund desks for the children, or send them gifts including school supplies, sports equipment and even clothing.
One way someone can really help the Nkuringo Orphanage and Bright Future School is by sponsoring a child. Just a small sum of money can help change their life as due to the high number of children in need of Arthur’s help not all of them can attend the school due to the high price. Many of the children are orphans which in Uganda means that they either don’t have any parents, or only one parent. The school accommodates around 232 orphans and vulnerable children between the ages of 4 to 14, most of which are in need of sponsorship
About Nkuringo region, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Nkuringo region is located in the southern part of Bwindi, Nkuringo is home to Nkuringo family, Bushaho family and Christmas family available for trekking. Nkruingo is located on higher altitudes, which make trekking in this region very strenuous and hard. The sector is recommended for the young, adventurers 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 to stay during your volunteer visit at Nkuringo Orphanage and Bright Future School
There are many lodges near Nkuringo Orphanage and Bright Future School, Nkuringo has few lodge options from which you can choose from and options. Luxury options include Gorilla Heights Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Lake Mutanda Resort and Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, there are few budget lodges and best option is cmaping. You can as well opt to stay in the close sector Rushaga and here options include Four Gorillas Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge and Gorilla Safari Lodge among others.
When best to visit the Nkuringo Orphanage and Bright Future School
In Uganda schools open for 3 terms annually, it will depend which month you plan to visit the Nkuringo Orphanage and Bright Future School, it is always best to visit when the children are still at school. But it is also possible to visit any time of the year given most children stay close to the school we can organize with the orphanage center to call upon a few children that you can interact with.
How to get Nkuringo Orphanage and Bright Future School
By Air: You can get to Nkuringo Orphanage and Bright Future School by air which is faster and less tiresome. Aero link is a domestic airline offering both schedule 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 Orphanage and Bright Future School 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 Nkuringo. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 4-5 hours drive.
Other activities to do during your visit to Nkuringo Orphanage and Bright Future School
The activity in this sector is gorilla trekking which is done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, however, there are other various activities and top things you can do in the Nkuringo sector after your gorilla trekking and these include;
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
Gorilla trekking is one of the highlights of any traveler visiting Uganda, Gorilla tracking refers to moving in the forest to see/view a given habituated mountain gorilla family. Gorilla trackers/advanced team/rangers use many signs and methods to trace these gorillas before gorilla trekking takes place, the trackers wakeup very early every morning and go to the forest in search for these mountain gorillas. They use natural means to track them like clapping, making wild sounds. Once they find them, then they will communicate to the park headquarters and it’s then the guides after briefing the visitors on dos and don’ts, they will start to walk and trek in the forest as they are directed by the trackers. This gives you 99% chances of seeing the gorillas in their natural environment in either Nkuringo, Buhoma, Rushaga or Ruhija gorilla regions. You can opt to do gorilla trek at the beginning on your safari or at the end and this depends on availability of permits.
Batwa Cultural Experience
On Batwa cultural experience tour you will be guided by one of the Batwa guides giving you an opportunity to learn about traditional forest life of the Batwa in Bwindi Forest which is historically the home of the Batwa, you will also enjoy the traditional dances of the Batwa and Stone Age including making traditional fire among others.
The Nature walk is done in Bwindi forest it is a very exciting activity to do apart from gorilla trekking which gives you an opportunity to learn more about tree species as well other wildlife species in the forest. In Nkuringo you will visit the River Ivi-Nkuringo trail where you will also have a sight of the falls plummeting 33 meters.
Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park is one the best birding spots in Uganda home to an impressive 350 species and the main birding area in Nkuringo is the pocket forest known as Nombe is located some 5km and Buniga forest 300meters from Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge. We recommend you carry your birding book in case you have limited safari time and you will identify some birds that visit the gardens at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge.
Local community visits through local villages which provide insights into the lives of the Bakiga and Batwa pygmy people living beside the Bwindi forest. Other activities include yoga at the Lodge, Mountain bicycle ride, volunteering which is done in the local community schools and projects and Butterfly watching which is done at night among others.
Why plan your volunteer visit to Nkuringo Orphanage and Bright Future School with us
We at Eco Adventure Safaris our mission is to create life-changing and impactful adventures which begin the moment you arrive in a destination for your safari with us in Africa. We are on a journey to transform the normal way of how to explore Africa, that is on all our trips in Africa you have an optional opportunity visit one of the local communities near the attraction or place you plan to visit on your trip and to take part in activities mostly life changing and giving hope to the communities as well conserving for future generations such as planting a tree, volunteering and Packing for A Purpose among others. From our airport meet and great, welcome services to our private and group transfers to safari destinations your Adventure safari is well planned and managed. We have a strong concern on conserving the environment on all our trip we discourage where possible no to pack non-recyclable items and carry reusable items like water bottles among other important aspects to protect the environment.
Eco Adventure Safaris Limited organizes volunteer tours to Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. Africa is one of the best volunteer destination for volunteers around the world willing to help various local communities and vulnerable groups. In all destinations we arrange our trips local communities face various challenges and need extra support from people willing to give this support, this can be done through donating various items, offer skills like teaching, building or work directly with the local communities on various available projects and achieve long term goals.
How to volunteer in Uganda?
With Eco Adventure Safaris the good news is that we make it incredibly accessible, just follow these steps to make your Africa volunteer travel dreams into a reality you can contact us here for more details;
Think about the work you want to do, whether that’s helping children, protecting endangered wildlife, or building houses. If you have your heart set on a particular country in Africa, then choose your favorite from the projects we offer in that destination.
Reach out to our Project Experts, who can provide more information and help you make the right choice for your interests and goals.
Decide how much time you have to travel to Africa, how flexible your dates are, and if you’d rather travel alone or as part of a group. This will determine what kind of trip is right for you, whether that’s an independent solo Trip, Group Trip, or a High School Special for students aged 15-18 we shall tailor and arrange for you accordingly. Once you know which part of Uganda you want to visit, what type of work you’d like to be doing, and the length you wish to travel for, there’s nothing left to do but fill in the application form and book your place, we will share with you a form to fill in and then help book everything to make your volunteer trip a success.