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Encounter mountain gorillas in Nkuringo on a flying safari

Encounter mountain gorillas in Nkuringo on a flying safari

Encounter mountain gorillas in Nkuringo on a flying safari

If you are out there wondering if it’s possible to book flying safari to Nkuringo in Bwindi to encounter mountain gorillas, yes, it’s very affordable with Africa adventure vacations. Africa adventure vacations do organize flying safaris to the Nkuringo sector in the south of Bwindi taking a few hours. The flying safaris to Nkuringo are done by AeroLink Uganda and Fly Uganda from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport to Kisoro airstrip where our driver guide does pick you on arrival and transfer you to your booked accommodation.

You find the Nkuringo sector in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park that is located in southwestern Uganda. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the most famous park in the world known for harboring endangered mountain gorillas. The park has 19 habituated mountain gorilla families and 2 of these are found in the Nkuringo sector. Other sectors of Bwindi are Rushaga in the south, Buhoma in the north, and Ruhija in the east. The sector can be accessed by using scheduled flights to Kisoro airstrip taking about 1 hour and 35 minutes. Tourists can fly to Nkuringo at any time of the year for mountain gorilla trekking, habituation, birding, Batwa cultural experience, and nature walk activities.

Encountering mountain gorillas on a flying safari in Nkuringo

Nkuringo is one of the Bwindi sectors to meet mountain gorillas with the newest mountain gorilla Christmas found in this region. Encountering mountain gorillas in Nkuringo is done among 4 mountain gorilla families that are found within this sector. The 2 mountain gorilla families – Nkuringo, and Christmas are open for trekking while Bushaho and Bikingi gorilla families are open for gorilla habituation. 16 trekkers are expected in the morning at the sector headquarters for a briefing from the park rangers who teach them about the rules and regulations of the gorilla trekking activity while 8 are briefed about gorilla habituation activity. After the briefing activity, the trekkers are led by the rangers through different trails of the park to look for these endangered primates and during the search, they spot different park animals like elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, duikers, different bird species as well as plants. On locating mountain gorillas, the trekkers with trekking permits are given up to 1 hour to watch them do daily activities and take photos as they learn about their habits while those with gorilla habituation permits are given 4 hours to be around the mountain gorillas, making them used to human presence, watch the animals do daily activities, learn about their habits and take photos.

How to get to Nkuringo sector by air

The good news is that you are able to fly to Nkuringo by air transport within the shortest time possible. Different airline companies do organize flying safaris to the Nkuringo sector and the common one is AeroLink Uganda. The airline companies do conduct flights to Kisoro airstrip three times a day that’s morning, mid-morning, and evening time. To fly to the Nkuringo sector you will need to let your tour operator know in advance so that they book for you a ticket. The flights to Kisoro airstrip start from Kajjansi airstrip in Kampala and Entebbe international airport in Entebbe and take only 1hour 35 minutes. On landing in Kisoro, the driver guide will be ready to pick you up at the airstrip and transport you to the park or to the lodge.

When to have a flying safari to Nkuringo for mountain gorilla trekking

Flying safaris to the Nkuringo sector for mountain gorillas can happen at any time of the year, but it’s very important to know that the dry season is the best time to visit this sector. Despite the sector having tropical rainforests, there are fewer chances of rainfall in the dry season which occurs from June to September and December to February. During this time, the trekking trails in the park are dry, the vegetation is thin giving clear views of mountain gorillas and photography, and the roads leading to the park are passable. You as well visit the sector in the rainy season (October to November and March to May) to enjoy huge discounts on lodges and also watch migratory birds.

Where to stay in Nkuringo sector on flying safari

Nkurino sector comprises luxury, mid-range, and budget accommodation facilities where travelers on flying safaris to this sector can stay based on budget and choice. Where to stay in the Nkuringo sector include Nkuringo Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Bwindi Back Packer’s Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Safari Lodge, Rushaga Havens Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, and Crested Crane Bwindi lodge among others.

What to pack for a flying safari in the Nkuringo sector

You might be wondering what to pack on your flying safari in Nkuringo and we have managed to gather for you some of the important things that you need and these include waterproof hiking shoes, long-sleeved clothes, a rain jacket, a hat, glasses, sunscreen, a pair of gaiters, binoculars, insect repellents, camera and extra batteries, face mask, sanitizer, energy-giving snacks, and drinking water.

How to book flying safari to Nkuringo Bwindi

You don’t need to worry much about the process of booking a flying safari to Nkuringo for Africa Adventure vacations limited does organize and book for you a flying safari to this sector. You need to book with us in advance and you can do this by telling us your travel dates and from here we can check with the flight companies to see if they have space available. Once the permits are available, we do simply ask for payment and once we have gotten the money, we can go further to book for you a flight to the Nkuringo sector. If you are planning to trek mountain gorillas, you must also book in advance of 3-4 months in order to avoid inconveniences since the permits sell out quickly during this time.

What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?

Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla habituation, birding, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking can be done at any time of the year.