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Organizing flying safaris to Buhoma and Ishasha sector

Organizing flying safaris to Buhoma and Ishasha sector

Organizing flying safaris to Buhoma and Ishasha sector

Flying safaris to Buhoma and Ishasha sector take you to some of the best places in the country. Buhoma sector is part of the famous Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and it’s located in the northern part of the park. Buhoma sector is home to 5 fully habituated mountain gorilla families that are open for trekking at any time of the year and to trek these apes you need to have a valid gorilla trekking permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority

Ishasha sector on the other hand is found in the famous Queen Elizabeth national park. The sector is a home to different park animals but what makes it famous are the tree climbing lions that are found in this sector resting on huge big trees due to different reasons such as escaping from the ground heat. So many activities can be done in the Ishasha sector of Queen and apart from watching tree-climbing lions, you can do birding, visit Kyambura gorge for chimpanzee trekking, have a game drive in the park and visit Kazinga channel and much more.

Ways of booking a flying safari to Buhoma sector and Ishasha sector

Africa Adventure Vacations Limited organizes flying safaris to Buhoma sector and Ishasha sector. When you use us as a tour operator to book for you a flying safari to the Buhoma sector and Ishasha sector all we ask from you are the travel dates when you want to visit Ishasha and Buhoma sector and what we do is check for the availability of seats on the flight on those dates given. Once the seats are available, we request you to send us money and once we have received the money, we go-ahead to secure you the seats.

The flying safaris to Buhoma sector and Ishasha sector are done by AeroLink Uganda and Fly Uganda and these flights start from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip and for Ishasha sector the flights can land at Mweya airstrip and Kasese airstrip while those for Buhoma sector it’s Kihihi airstrip and its from here that the driver guides will be ready to pick you and drive you to the lodges or to the sectors.

For the case of gorilla permits to Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, we check for the availability of the permits on the days that you want to travel with Uganda Wildlife Authority and once the permits are available, we do send you an email containing information of how you can send us money and once we have received the money, we go further and book for you the trekking permits. The booking of permits should be done in advance of 3-4 months in order to avoid disappointments since the permits sell out on a first come first serve basis.

Activities to do on flying safaris to Buhoma sector and Ishasha?

Gorilla trekking in Buhoma sector on a flying safari

To trek mountain gorillas in Buhoma sector you need to have secured a gorilla permit in advance and this is issued out by Uganda Wildlife Authority to persons above the age of 15 years old at a fee of $700 foreign non-residents, $600 foreign residents, and shs250,000 East African citizens. The gorilla trekking in Buhoma sector is done among 5 habituated gorilla families which are Mubare gorilla family, Rushengura gorilla family, Katwe gorilla family, Habinyanja gorilla family, and Muyambi gorilla family.

On day of gorilla trekking in Buhoma sector, tourists are expected to be at the briefing point early in the morning to get briefed about the rules and regulations of the trekking activity from the rangers. It’s from here that the trekkers area grouped not exceeding 8 people and the ranger guides lead them into the jungle through different park trails. When the mountain gorillas are found, the trekkers are given 1 hour to around them as they lean about their habits, watch them do daily activities and take photos.

Game drives in Ishasha sector

The game drives in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park are one of the things every traveler must be part of while on a flying safari to this park. These game drives are done in the morning and in the evening hours in comfortable safari vehicles with opportunities of seeing the tree-climbing lions that are found nowhere in the world but this park. Ishasha sector is not only home to the tree-climbing lions but also other animals which you also see on a game drive such as lions, leopards, topis, warthogs, Uganda kobs, hyenas, bushbucks, hippos, buffaloes, elephants, and waterbucks among others.

Birding in Buhoma and Ishasha

Birding is one of the activities you can do on a flying safari in Buhoma and Ishasha sector since in Buhoma of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park you have chances of seeing over 350 birds while Ishasha has over 600 bird species. Some of the birds likely to be seen in these areas include Africa emerald cuckoo, Turner’s Eremomela, Pink-backed Pelican, Chestnut-throated Apalis, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Papyrus Gonolek, African Broadbill, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Cardinal Woodpecker, African Skimmer, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Compact Weaver, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Black Bee-eater, brown illadopsis, White-winged Warbler, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Green-throated Sunbird, Great Blue Turaco, grey crowned crane, Dusky Crested Flycatcher, Stripe-breasted Tit, Grey-headed Sparrow, Klass’ Cuckoo, Brown Woodland Warbler, and Crowned Hornbill among others.

Boat cruise on Kazinga channel

The boat cruise is one of the activities travelers on a flying safari to Ishasha and Buhoma sector can do and this is done on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park. The boat cruise is done in the morning or evening hours on Kazinga channel and it gives you opportunities of seeing different water animals like the crocodiles, hippos, and water birds such as yellow-billed stork, black bee-eater, malachite kingfisher, pink-backed pelicans, papyrus gonolek, plovers, black crake, martial eagle, and white bullied cormorants among others. You can as well see park animals at the lake shores such as elephants, antelopes, and buffaloes, etc. most especially in the dry season drinking water.

Where to stay on a flying safari to Buhoma and Ishasha sector?

On a flying safari to Buhoma sector and Ishasha sector, tourists don’t need to worry about where to stay because around these areas so many accommodation facilities are built ranging from budget to midrange to luxury options.

The accommodation facilities in and around Buhoma sector include Buhoma Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Jungle View Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Trekkers Tavern, Bwindi View Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Gorilla Resort, Jungle View Lodge, Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp, Gorilla Conservation Camp, and Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge to mention but a few.

Tourists to Ishasha sector can use any of the accommodations in Queen Elizabeth national park and these include Elephant Plains Lodge, Ishasha Jungle Lodge, Pumba Safari Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Enjojo Lodge, Topi Lodge, Elephant Hub Lodge, Mweya Safari Lodge, Buffaloe Safari Lodge, Kazinga Channel Lodge, Mazike Safari Lodge, Kyambura Gorge Lodge, the River Ishasha Lodge, Bush Lodge, Katara Lodge, and Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp.

What is the best time to fly to Buhoma and Ishasha sector?

Ishasha sector and Buhoma sector can be visited at any time of the year for tourism activities. The best time however to visit these places is the dry season because during these seasons, the rainfall is little or not there at all, the vegetation is very thin giving clear views of the park animals, the roads leading to the park are passable and the trekking trails, as well as game trucks are dry. Travelers intending to visit Buhoma sector and Ishasha sector of Queen are advised to book their safari in advance because the gorilla permits for Buhoma tend to sell out quickly most especially in the dry season.

Tourists can as well have their flying safaris to the Buhoma sector and Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park in the rainy season of October to November and March to May and during these months they will have to enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities. During the rainy season, however the rainfall is too much, the vegetation is thick giving unclear views of the park animals, the trekking trails and game trucks are muddy and slippery, and the roads leading to these places are impassable.

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, Chimpanzee trekking and habituation, birding, golden monkey trekking, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking flying safaris to Buhoma and Ishasha sector can be done at any time of the year.