Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge located in the park’s southern sector is a mid-range and luxury accommodation where travelers to the sector can have a comfortable home base for any of the activities in the Nkuringo sector. Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge provides best accommodation services and it’s situated near to the starting point for gorilla trekking in Nkuringo. Nkuringo sector is home to 2 already habituated mountain gorilla families- Nkuringo and Christmas gorilla family at the same time it’s home to Bushaho and Bikingi undergoing habituation in the park.
Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge has 8 garden cottages, 3 villas, and 1 family villa all designed to inspire and built with natural material obtained from natural communities that surround the lodge. Some of the amenities at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge include electricity, laundry services, En-suite bathrooms, In-room safe deposit box, a veranda, and a fireplace. The lodge organizes activities like gorilla trekking, gorilla habituation, birding, nature walks, and Batwa cultural experience.
How to get to Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge?
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is located in Nkuringo sector in the southern part of DR Congo and can be accessed by road transport from Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara – Kabale taking you about 8 – 9 hours’ drive. Tourists heading to Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge from Kigali city can access the lodge by using Katuna border or Cyanika border in only 4-5 hours. You can as well take chattered flights from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip to Kisoro airstrip taking you only 2 hours.
Activities to do during your stay at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Gorilla trekking is one of the activities tourists can do while having a stay at Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge. The lodge is located near the park headquarters in Nkuringo where gorilla trekking activities start from. Tourists at Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge will need to wake up early and make it to the sector offices by 8 am to attend a briefing. During the briefing, the trekkers are taught about the dos and don’ts of the gorilla trekking activity after which range guides lead them to the jungle to search for habituated mountain gorillas. during the search, the trekkers have opportunities of meeting different park animals such as chimpanzees, elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, monkeys, birds, and tree species. after hours of looking for the endangered mountain gorillas and finding them, the trekkers are given a maximum of 1 hour to be around them as they learn about their habits, watch them do daily activities like hunting and breastfeeding, and take photos.
Gorilla habituation Experience
Gorilla habituation experience is another amazing activity tourists having a stay at Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge can take part in. Gorilla habituation is a unique activity in Africa only done in this sector and Rushaga among 2 gorilla families of Bushaho and Bikingi. Just like gorilla trekking, gorilla habituation starts with a briefing where trekkers are taught about the dos and don’ts of the habituation activity after which a group of 4 people lead by armed rangers, researchers, conservationists, and trackers head to the jungle to look for the mountain gorilla that is undergoing habituation. During the search, the trekkers have opportunities of meeting different park animals, birds, and tree species but on finding the mountain gorillas family the trekkers are given a maximum of 4 hours to be with mountain gorillas while making them get used to human presence, learn their habits as they take photos.
Bird lovers at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge can move out to the forest with their birding books and binoculars and start out looking for different bird species. The park has over 350 bird species and some of them include Yellow-crested Helmet Shrike, Red-throated Alethe, Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin, Wood Warbler, Handsome Francolin, Turner’s Eremomela, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Green-headed Sunbird, Evergreen Warbler, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Neumann’s Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Lagden’s Bush-shrike, Blue-headed Sunbird, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Rwenzori Batis, Buff-throated Apalis, African Pitta, Cabanis’s Greenbul, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Cassin’s Honeybird, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Montane Masked Apalis, Kivu Ground Thrush, Regal Sunbird, Cardinal Woodpecker, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Dusky Crimson-wing, Strange Weaver, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Collared Apalis, Green Hylia, Grey-throated Barbet, Tiny Sunbird, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Common Bulbul, Compact Weaver, Coppery Sunbird, Dark-backed Weaver, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Dusky Crested Flycatcher, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Dusky Tit, Stripe-breasted Tit, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Nightjar, Honeyguide Greenbul, Klass’ Cuckoo, Collared Sunbird, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Red-headed Malimbe, Fork-tailed Drongo, Great Blue Turaco, Grey Apalis, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Green Crombec, Grey-headed Sparrow, Crowned Hornbill, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Brown Woodland Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Green-throated Sunbird, Grey-backed/Green-backed Camaroptera, and Grey-headed Negrofinch among others.
Batwa cultural trail
Tourists having a stay at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla lodge can go for the Batwa cultural experience around the park. The Batwa experience is led by people of the Batwa community who take travelers around the park showing them how they used to in the forest, how they used to make fire, hunt small animals using arrows and bows, gather fruits and honey, and also how they used local plants as medicine. The Batwa experience also gives tourists an opportunity of getting entertained by the traditional dances who perform traditional dances and drama, and you as well get to taste local food and also visit their local shops for the craft.
Tourists staying at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge can go for a guided nature walk using different trails in the sector. The nature walks in the Nkuringo sector give tourists opportunities of meeting different park animals like the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, duikers, birds like the Red-headed Malimbe, Fork-tailed Drongo, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Great Blue Turaco, Dusky Tit, Grey Apalis, Greater Blue-eared Starling, trees species, lake mutanda, waterfalls, and rivers.
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