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Are you planning to stay in the Buhoma region for a while go for gorilla trekking in this region but you have much more time here and you would like to know the Things to do in Buhoma region of Bwindi? 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. The main activity in this sector is gorilla trekking which is done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, however, there are other various activities and Things to do in Buhoma region of Bwindi these include;
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 the 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.
Taking part in Gorilla Health and Research
This is done at Gorilla Conservation Camp which is managed by Conservation Through Public Health. This trains Bwindi forest park staff and community volunteers as Human-Gorilla conflict resolution teams in gorilla health monitoring. This has helped boost the gorilla conservation programs in Bwindi hence providing a safer habitat of the mountain gorillas. There is also an opportunity to dine with gorilla doctors where you will have an opportunity to learn about their work towards saving the only remaining mountain gorillas in the wild.
Visiting Ride 4 a Woman for cultural experiences
While you stay at Ride 4 a Woman you can learn how to cook the traditional dishes of the Bakiga tribe and enjoy the local fruits with the community on the open deck of the dining hall, among the misty hills of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You will have a chance to take part in preparing a local meal which you will as well enjoy as your lunch or dinner.
The Nature walk is done in Bwindi forest it is a very exciting activity to do apart from gorilla habituation 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.
Safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park Ishasha and Mweya
Buhoma sector is located close to Queen Elizabeth National park, with this your stay here during your gorilla trek you are able to visit both sections of Mweya and Ishasha for wildlife viewing and game safari.
Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park is one the best birding spots in Uganda home to an impressive 350 species. Birding takes place along the main trail, the Buhoma Waterfall Trail and along the bamboo zone. We recommend you carry your birding book in case you have limited safari time and you will identify some birds that visit the gardens of your 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. Contact us here for booking the above activities that you can do after your gorilla trek in Buhoma
How to get Buhoma region for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
By Air: You can get to Buhoma by air which is faster and less tiresome. Aero link is a domestic airline offering both scheduled 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 at 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 your flight. It is also important to note that aero links baggage is 15kilograms per person and excess is charged at 3usd per kilo. There are also private charters available for clients 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 adult fare.
By Road: Buhoma 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 Buhoma. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 4-5 hours drive.
Best time for gorilla trekking in Buhoma region of Bwindi
Buhoma located in Bwindi impenetrable forest is open for trekking all year round but it is also important to note that the forest is a tropical rain forest and can receive rain at any time. The best months to track gorillas include; June to August and December to February since they receive the lowest rainfall and the forest is less slippery. On the other hand, when you happen to travel during March to May and November there are chances of higher rainfall, you will be able to get discounts from some lodges for your accommodation.
Where to Stay in Buhoma region of Bwindi
For luxury lodge options in Buhoma you can look at Buhoma Lodge, Gorilla Sanctuary Forest Camp, Bwindi Lodge, Mahogany springs, Silverback Lodge and Egangi Lodge. Budget lodges in Buhoma include Buhoma Community Havens Lodge, Buhoma Community rest Camp and Buhoma Camp. All these lodges have three meal plans when you book your safari with Encounter Africa Safaris, u a guaranteed a full board meal basis.
Why book you gorilla trek in Buhoma with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris will help you book your gorilla trek in the Buhoma sector Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park contact us and we advise you on the booking process. We as well have different gorilla safari packages to Buhoma sector of Bwindi ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury options that we can book for you including the gorilla trekking permits. Feel free to checkout our TripAdvisor reviews and read from a community of happy satisfied clients. With us, you can be rest assured of a memorable Uganda safari holiday. We are devoted to providing excellent service and customer satisfaction. Our team of excellent tour consultants is always willing to help answer all your safari questions. We guarantee you a great gorilla tour in Bwindi with us