Luxury gorilla safaris in Nkuringo during the dry season
Are you intending to visit Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for luxury gorilla trekking safaris or gorilla habituation experience, well its very possible with local tour operators such as Africa Adventure Vacations. To use a tour operator you need to first make sure that they are licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and they must be members of the Uganda Tour Operators. Africa Adventure Vacation organizes luxury gorilla safaris to Nkuringo sector starting from securing permits, booking luxury accommodation facilities and we do have good comfortable 4×4 safari vehicles.
Nkuringo sector is one of the four sectors that are found in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park harboring endangered mountain gorillas. Nkuringo sector is located in the southern sector of the park and has 3 habituated gorilla families namely Nkuringo gorilla family which has 12 members, Bushasho gorilla family with 9 members, and Christmas gorilla family with 9 members. To trek mountain gorillas in Nkuringo sector if Bwindi impenetrable forest national park you will have to be physically fit because the mountain gorillas in this region tend to move to higher elevations. There are so many activities that tourists can do in Nkuringo sector with the most done being gorilla trekking, gorilla habituation which is only done here and Buhoma sector in the whole world, Batwa cultural experience, birding, and nature walks.
The following are the things to consider when planning a luxury gorilla safari holiday to Nkuringo sector during the dry season;
Booking permits in advance
We advise all the people planning to do a gorilla safari in Nkuringo sector during the dry season to book their trekking or habituation permits in advance of 3-4 months before the actual trekking day in order to avoid disappointments. The permits in the dry season tend to sell out quickly since it is considered the best time to travel and Uganda Wildlife Authority gives the permits out on a first come first serve basis. The gorilla permits for Nkuringo sector can be bought from Uganda Wildlife Authority or from a trusted tour operator that is licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board or a member of the Association of Uganda Tour operators.
Gorilla permit prices in Nkuringo sector
There is both gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation in Nkuringo sector so when booking you will need to inform your tour operators of which activity you want to do. The gorilla habituation permits cost $1500 per person per trek and this gives you an opportunity to be around mountain gorillas for a maximum of 4 hours while a gorilla trekking permit tpo trek any of the gorilla families in Nkuringo sector costs $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 foreign residents, and shs250,000 East African citizens. Gorilla permits are sold to persons under the age of 15 years.
Luxury accommodation in Nkuringo sector
People planning luxury safaris to Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park shouldn’t worry about where to sleep while on their safari to the sector. There are several luxury accommodation facilities in Nkuringo sector offering the best services and these include Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Lake Mutanda Lodge, and Chameleon Hill Lodge.
Luxury travel to Nkuringo sector
Luxury travelers to Nkuringo sector can travel by air transport using chattered flights from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport to Kihihi airstrip or Kisoro airstrip. From any of the airstrips, a driver safari guide can drive you to the lodge or the park in a comfortable 4×4 wheel safari vehicle. You can also drive from Kampala to Kisoro or Kabale to Nkuringo sector using road transport in a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle taking you 9-10 hours with beautiful views of the countryside.
What to pack for a luxury gorilla safari in Nkuringo sector
There are so many things to pack for your luxury gorilla safari to Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park among which include waterproof hiking boots, long-armed sweater, long-sleeved shirts and trousers, a hat, sun glasses, a pair of gaiters, a pair of binoculars, camera and extra batteries, gardening gloves, insect repellents, sunscreen, raincoat, face masks, sanitizers, drinking water and energy-giving snacks.
What is the best time to book luxury gorilla safaris to Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park?
Nkuringo sector in the southern 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 is the dry season. The dry season happens from June to September and December to 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 park are passable. Luxury travelers can also visit Nkuringo sector in the rainy season which happens from 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.
Accessing Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
Luxury travelers to Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can access the sector by road transport from Kampala to Kabale or Kisoro taking you about 8 – 9 hours’ drive. From Kabale you will drive to Nkuringo sector taking you a few hours. From Kigali city, Nkuringo sector can be accessed by travelers using Katuna border or Cyanika border to the park taking only 4-5 hours.
By air transport. There is no direct flight to Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. But Aero link Uganda organizes flights from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip to Kisoro airstrip taking you only 2 hours. From Kisoro airstrip a driver-guide will transfer you to the park using a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle.