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Luxury gorilla safaris in Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Luxury gorilla safaris in Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Luxury gorilla safaris in Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

It’s very possible to have a luxury gorilla safaris in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. All you need to do is look for a trusted tour operator such as Africa adventure vacations which is licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators to work on your Uganda safari. You will have to first book a trekking permit and by this, you will tell us your travel dates and passport details after which we shall check for availability of the permits with the Uganda Wildlife Authority. When the permits are available, we shall direct you on how to pay, and then after paying we shall secure a permit and send you scanned copies. Other than securing you a permit, we do also book for you luxurious accommodation and the best safari cars.

About Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Buhoma sector is the premium sector of  Bwindi impenetrable forest national park harboring some of the endangered mountain gorillas in the southwestern part of Uganda. The Buhoma sector is famous for being the first region where a gorilla family was fully habituated in 1993. The first mountain gorilla family to be habituated in the Buhoma sector and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the Mubare gorilla family. There are other gorilla families in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi such as the Rushengura gorilla family, Katwe gorilla family, Muyambi gorilla family, and Habinyanja gorilla family. There are also Bushaho and the Bikingi gorilla families in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park but these are open for gorilla habituation.

Activities done in the Buhoma sector include gorilla trekking which is done by people with valid gorilla trekking permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority, gorilla habituation which allows travelers to be around mountain gorillas for 4 hours making them used to human presence, Batwa cultural experience, nature walks, and birding which gives you an opportunity to see over 350 bird species that have been so far recorded in the park. if you are planning to visit the Buhoma sector for gorilla trekking or gorilla habituation, you are advised to book your permit in advance of 3-4 months with your tour operator or Uganda Wildlife Authority to avoid inconveniences. The permits for the Buhoma sector sell out quickly because the sector is home to the oldest gorilla family and has the best lodges compared to all sectors of which Gorilla Sanctuary and Bwindi lodge are located inside the forest. Things to consider when planning to do a luxury gorilla safari holiday in the Buhoma sector during the dry season

Booking the gorilla permits in advance

The first thing to think of when planning to have a luxury gorilla trekking safari in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the permits. You are advised to book your gorilla trekking in advance of 3-4 months to avoid inconveniences because these permits are sold out on a first come first serve basis. The gorilla trekking permits for the Buhoma sector can be bought directly from Uganda Wildlife Authority or a trusted tour operator. There are 40 gorilla trekking permits because 8 people trek a single-family and the sector has 5 gorilla families.

Permit prices for the Buhoma sector

Just like any other sector, the trekking permits for the Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park cost $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 foreign residents, and shs250,000 Citizens of East Africa. The gorilla habituation permits go for $1500 and these allow you to habituate mountain gorillas for 4 hours as you make them get used to human beings and take photos.

Luxury accommodation in the Buhoma sector

Luxury travelers to the Buhoma sector of Bwindi shouldn’t worry about where they are to stay because there are several luxury accommodation facilities in the park offering the best services. The luxury accommodation facilities in the Buhoma sector include mahogany springs, Gorilla sanctuary forest, Bwindi lodge, and silverback lodge among others.

Luxury travel to Buhoma Sector

Luxury travelers to the Buhoma sector can use air transport by Aero link Uganda to the sector of the park. You will need to inform your tour operator about this so that they book chattered flights from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to the Kihihi airstrip inside the Buhoma sector in advance. You can also travel by road transport using a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle from Kampala to Buhoma taking 9-10 hours.

What to pack for a luxury gorilla safaris in the Buhoma sector

There are so many things to pack for your luxury gorilla safari to the Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park among which include waterproof hiking boots, a long-sleeved shirts and trousers, a long-armed sweater, sunglasses, a hat, a pair of gaiters, a camera, and extra batteries, a pair of binoculars, gardening gloves, insect repellents, raincoat, face masks, sanitizers, sunscreen, drinking water, and energy-giving snacks.

What is the best time to have a luxury gorilla safaris in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park?

Buhoma sector in the northern sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be visited at any time of the year but the best time to do your luxury safari in this sector is the dry season. The dry season happens in June, July, August, September and December, January, and February and is characterized by less or no rainfall, thin vegetation cover in the park, less muddy and slippery trekking trails, and also the roads leading to the sector are passable. Luxury travelers can also visit the Buhoma sector in the rainy season of October to November and March to May but during these months there is a lot of rainfall making the trekking slow since the trails are muddy and slippery. The roads leading to the parks are also passable but the advantage of visiting the sector in this period is that you get huge discounts on lodges.

Getting to Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for luxury gorilla trekking?

ooking for the possible ways to get to Buhoma for luxury gorilla safaris in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park? Buhoma sector can be accessed by road transport from Kampala via Masaka – Mbarara – Kabale taking about 8- 9 hours. From Kabale, it takes a few hours to the sector of the park. The journey from Kampala to Buhoma takes long hours but it’s rewarding with beautiful views of the countryside. Luxury travelers from Kigali city can get to the Buhoma sector for gorilla trekking using the Katuna border in Kabale or Cyanika border in Kisoro taking only 4-5 hours.

Luxury travelers who want to use air transport can access the Buhoma sector by air transport from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to Kihihi airstrip inside Bwindi impenetrable forest national park taking you only 2 hours. From Kihihi airstrip, your driver guide can pick you up using a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle and transfer you to the lodge talking for about 1 hour. Luxury travelers who wish to use air transport are advised to inform their tour operators in advance to book for them the flights.