You can trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by using public transport means to and from the National Park. The first step is to know which part of the National Park you will be visiting so that you establish which Bus you will be using. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has two sections and that is the southern section and the Northern Section.
If you are going to trek gorillas in the Southern Section, you will need to take Buses that go to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Mbarara, Kabale and then Kisoro Town. But if you are going to track gorillas in the Northern Sector of Bwindi, you need to take Buses that go through Mbarara, Ntungamo, Rukungiri, Kihihi and the the boarder town of Butogota.
Whether you are to visit the south or North of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, no public means will transport you up to the park head quarters. If you decide to go to the North, then you need to budget for a motor cycle transfer from Butogota Town to Buhoma Park head quarters. Please check with your Lodge/Hostel if they can offer you transfers to and from Butogota Town. If you decided to visit the southern section, Buses are likely to drop you either in Kabale or Kisoro and from there, you will need to organize transport either to Nkuringo or Rushaga.
Gorilla Families that can be trekked from the south include, Nkuringo gorilla family on Nkuringo Side, Nshongi, Kahungye, Mishaya, Bweza, Busingye gorilla groups in Rushaga. Gorilla families that can be trekked from the north are Rushegura Gorilla Group, Habinyanja and Mubare gorilla families. Other gorilla families that can be trekked from Buhoma include Oruzogo and Bitukura. These two can also be trekked if you stay in Kabale town but you will need an early rise to start the drive up to the starting point.
Accommodation on the south Section of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include Nkuringo Clouds Lodge, Nkuringo Safari Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Bwindi Back Packers Lodge, Wagtail among others. Lodges in the southern sector include, Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Engagi Lodge, Gorilla Resort, Silver Back Lodge and Buhoma Community Rest Camp.
Several Bus companies do operate daily on these routes and they include: Post Bus, Gateway Bus Services, Horizon Buses and Bismarkan Bus Company.
While travelling in these buses, you need to be extra serious with your luggage as there are so many thieves that may target you. Please ensure that you hold your luggage all the time, move with it when moving out of the Bus at all times. Most targeted items include Laptops, Money among others. We as a company don’t recommend travel by public means of transport as the risks are more than the benefits but should you decide to do so please take care.
3 DAYS UGANDA GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI
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Gorilla trekking day tour to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to see habituated gorillas. Includes, transfers, transport, accommodation or meals, driver guides and all park entrance fees.
5 DAYS GIRILLAS & CHIMPS TRACKING SAFARI
From USD $970pp sharing.
This primate day tour takes you to Bwindi Forest for gorilla trekking and then to Kibale National Park for chimpanzee trekking and the amazing bird watching.