Organizing a flying safari to Buhoma is once a lifetime experience not to miss on your bucket list, Buhoma is a sector headquarters found in the North of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southern Uganda where you can see different gorilla families and other alternative park activities. It is under the management of Uganda Wildlife authority a government body in charge of all National Parks in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is found in southwestern Uganda and is a habitat to half of the remaining gorillas in the World and this gives you 98% chances for you to view and see the gorillas. Check out our post-COVID-19 lockdown safari guidelines to ensure that your safety is guaranteed while on safari with us.
To see Gorilla which is termed as Gorilla tracking is an activity of viewing the Gorillas for one hour after moving and hiking through the forest to find them. It starts early in the morning with a briefing at every park headquarter at 7:0am, Park guides brief the clients on the do’s and don’ts and later start the walk to the forest with the visitor. Sometimes the hike can be very tiresome and you can hire a porter to help carry your stuff and even give you a hand while moving. Watching the gorillas which are 95% human is a lifetime experience that you should not miss and you can achieve this dream by booking with Encounter Africa safaris to visit the Gorillas in Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
There are Fours sectors where gorilla tracking is done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park namely Rushaga and Nkuringo sector in the South of Bwindi, Ruhija and the famous Buhoma Sector in the North of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. All these sectors have different habituated gorilla families for tracking every day. Gorilla families are the same as the people/human families where the male leaves the family it was born, moves away with a female, mark their territory and also start a family. Sometimes the black backs in the family group tend to fight. This lead to the splitting of the families, once a new member is born in a family, Uganda wildlife Authority names them. It is communicated, and guides at the Park will be able to tell you all the names of the members in the gorilla family you intend to trek. It is such a wonderful time while trekking gorillas and Encounter Africa safaris will organize all this for you. We do organize many gorilla tours to Buhoma like Three-day Gorilla tour to Buhoma, Four-day double Gorilla tracking trip to Buhoma and we can tailor any package depending on the time you have and budget.
Flying to Buhoma sector in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Organizing a flying safari to Buhoma to see the gorillas is very possible and we shall tailor it any time of the year according to your budget and travel time, the key Airstrips to Buhoma in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are Kihihi Airstrip and Ishasha Airstrip which are 1-2 hours away from the lodges in Buhoma. Domestic flights can depart any day from Entebbe international Airport and Kajjansi Airstrip and there are both morning and afternoon flights. The major operators is aerolink Uganda which has flights with a capacity of eleven persons at ago and this is very efficient for group tours to see gorillas.
All air companies can as well operate scheduled and chartered flights to Buhoma to see the gorillas. For a complete great adventure, our professional, experienced and trained English speaking driver guides will be waiting for you upon arrival at any Airstrip for all the transfers and activities in the Park. We only use 4×4 safari vehicles for your comfortability and memorable experience.
What to do in Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the back born of Tourism in Uganda and you will surely have a lifetime experience while on your flying trip to Buhoma sector, there are Many activities you can engage in as mentioned below;
Gorilla tracking in Buhoma Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Buhoma sector was the birth of Gorilla tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, Gorilla tracking /to see the gorillas is the Major activity done in this sector and shouldn’t miss on your to-do list while on your fly-in trip to Buhoma. There are five gorilla families in Buhoma sector and namely; Rushegura gorilla family, Muyambi gorilla family, Mubare gorilla family, Habinyanja gorilla family and Katwe gorilla family. Gorilla tracking starts early morning at 8:00am with a briefing by the park guides and wardens about the dos and don’ts while on the trek, you are later led into the forest to see the beautiful mountain gorillas.
Gorilla Permits are very essential for you to do gorilla tracking in Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Forty Permits are available every day in Buhoma to allow visitors to trek the Gorillas, for every gorilla family, only eight visitors are allowed to visit the gorillas per day in Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Once you contact and book gorilla package with Encounter Africa Safaris to see the gorillas, we shall send you an invoice and book you the permit on the system tentatively, Once you make a payment, We shall secure your permit from Uganda wildlife Authority head offices in Kampala and later send you scanned receipt of your permits for your records and perusal. One week close to your trip dates, we will collect you’re the permit cards from Uganda wildlife Authority and your driver-guide will present them on the day of trekking at the park headquarters for you to be allowed to trek. As Encounter Africa safaris, we always provide all services to meet your expectations while organizing a flying safari to Buhoma to see gorillas
Gorilla Permits are only eligible to visitors/Persons aged above Fifteen (15) years. Gorilla permits should be booked in advance, you can purchase gorilla permits up to 2 years in advance to secure your place for gorilla tracking in Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. During the high season of July, August, September, December, January and February every year, gorilla permits tend to sell out very quickly. As Encounter Africa safaris, we always advise all travellers to always book and reserve the permits in advance so that you don’t miss out on your desired date of travel to trek the gorillas.
Birding and Nature Walk
For Bird watching, Buhoma sector and in Particular Bwindi impenetrable National Park. There are 348 bird species have been recorded at Bwindi. They include 25 restricted-range species, of which 23 are confined to the Albertine Rift and four are globally threatened: African Green Broadbill -Pseudocalyptomena graueri-Vulnerable, Grauer’s Rush Warbler -Bradypterus graueri; Endangered, Chapin’s Flycatcher -Muscicapa lendu; Vulnerable and Shelley’s Crimson-wing -Cryptospiza Shelley- Vulnerable.
Organizing Flying safari to Buhoma is not only to visit mountain gorillas but the place is also a bird watchers haven. Most birding is done at River Munyaga, Bwindi has three bird species that are the only surviving representatives of their respective genera: African Green Broadbill, Grauer’s Warbler (Graueria vittata) and Short-tailed Warbler (Hemitesia Neumann). Indeed, both the broadbill and Short-tailed Warbler are thought to be more closely related to Asian- than to African species!
There are guided Nature walk trails as well where you identify primates, trees and bird species, the walks take you through the forest and you can hike as well. There is a long and short walk trail that connects buhoma sector to the south sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is the Nkuringo Sector. You will cross rivers, swamps, Waterfalls and listen to the beautiful sounds in the forest.
Community Encounter in Buhoma Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Visiting the community should be part of your activities while staying in Buhoma. You can do the Batwa cultural experience which was put in place by the displaced Batwa pygmies to educate their children and to share their amazing heritage and traditions with the world. The Experience takes place outside of the park in an old-growth forest on land that is next to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park. The Batwa experience begins with a nature walk, hike through the forest seeing the forest in a new way, through the eyes of the original people of the Forest. Learn how they hunted the small animals they used for food, what things they gathered, how traps and nets were used. You can as well visit the local women groups and purchase souvenirs as you support their livelihoods, Participate in their daily activities, watch their cultural dances, visit the schools and donate scholastic materials.
Where to stay in Buhoma while on your fly in Gorilla trip
Organizing a flying safari to Buhoma to see gorillas requires you to at least stay for two nights or more, Buhoma sector has a variety of accommodation choices where you can stay while on your gorilla trip. The lodges range from high Market Luxurious to Budget Lodges. For top Luxurious Lodges include Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Mahogany springs lodge, Bwindi Trekkers lodge. The midrange Lodges include Buhoma Havens lodge, Silverback Lodge. For budget lodges, you can stay at crested crane Buhoma Lodge, Buhoma Community Camp, Ride for a woman lodge and many others. Contact us with a lodge of your choice and we tailor your itinerary or even suggest for you the best option depending on your budget.
Organizing a flying safari to Buhoma to see the Gorillas helps you to participate in more activities, reduces the travel time you would have done by road of about 10 hours’ drive. There is also the option of flying to Buhoma and then returning by road on your way back to Entebbe/Kampala, you will stop at the Equator for Photography, stop at the Igongo cultural centre and Museum, and you will be able to see the beautiful Plantations and Landscape. Contact us on email to book your flight, gorilla permit, accommodation, activities and all services. We do have discounted fly-in safaris to Buhoma to see the gorillas such as 3day fly in Gorilla trip, 5Day Fly-in Gorilla and Birding safari, 4Day Fly-in Gorilla double trekking and community encounter and many more we can tailor for you. Visit our website to get a package to visit Buhoma for your lifetime experience.