Gorilla Families in Buhoma – Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura Gorilla Group
There are 5 habituated gorilla families in Buhoma sector, one of the regions that make up Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi forest is the home to mountain gorillas in Uganda and Buhoma is found in the north of the park. The gorilla families in Buhoma are Mubare gorilla group, Habinyanja family and Rushegura group. The 3 families in Buhoma are among over 20 gorilla groups in Uganda, with the rest found in other regions of the park.
Buhoma region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is where gorilla tracking safaris started from. In 1993, the first group of tourists went to Buhoma for the launching gorilla trekking in the forest. At that time, there was only one habituated gorilla group in Bwindi but as years elapsed, more gorilla families were created and habituated for conservation and tourism purpose. Gorilla tourism has generated money that is helping in protecting the endangered primates in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
The three groups are not far from each other as well as not distant from Buhoma park head offices. Gorilla families in Buhoma are loved by many travelers for trekking since the area is easily accessible from Queen Elizabeth National Park with all its numerous attractions as well as from Kampala. In case one is doing a chimpanzee safari in Kibale Forest, a safari in Lake Mburo or wildlife tour in Queen Elizabeth Park, transferring to Buhoma is shorter than any region in Bwindi. If you plan to track gorilla families in Buhoma, make sure that you book gorilla permit, some good months before the trekking dates. This early permit booking will save you the possibilities of missing out on the memorable wildlife adventure.
At Speedway Safaris, we prepare for our gorilla visitors unforgettable gorilla safari trips to Bwindi and back. For Buhoma, we offer both road or air transport depending on the customer’s choice. One can transfer to Buhoma from Kampala/Entebbe by road to and from. And alternatively, a gorilla flying safari from Kajjansi Airstrip or Entebbe International Airport to Kihihi Airstrip is as well possible. There are daily scheduled flights to Kihihi near Buhoma. From the airstrip, our visitors are picked and transferred to any of the lodges in Buhoma for stay during the tour. Visitors may also choose the option of flying in a chartered plane or helicopter to Buhoma and back. Another transport option that give tourists a nice Uganda experience is flying to Buhoma and return to Kampala by road or vice versa.
Regarding accommodations, there are several lodges in Buhoma area ranging from Bugdet, Midrange to Luxury facilities. Buhoma lodges include Mahogany springs, Buhoma Community Haven Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Gorilla Resort, Buhoma Lodge, Silverback Lodge and Buhoma Community Bandas. Others are Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Guest House, CTPH Gorilla Conservation Camp and Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge. Bwindi Guest House, Bwindi View Bandas, Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort, Gorilla Friends Lodge and Jungle View Lodge are also some of the good lodges in Buhoma area.