Gorilla trekking is done in four sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable national park with each sector harboring different gorilla families. The current recorded number of gorilla families in Bwindi is 35 of which 22 families are not habituated and are aggressive to humans while 13 are habituated and friendly.
Buhoma is the most developed sector in Bwindi. It is located in the northern region of the park and the most familiar sector to the visitors to Uganda.
Buhoma was the first sector to be opened for gorilla tourism in 1993. There are 3 habituated gorilla families in this section namely; the Mubare family, Habinyanja family and Rushegura gorilla family.
Eight people per group are allowed to visit a particular group of gorillas per day meaning 24 gorilla trekking permits are available in a day. Make sure you book you book your trekking permit 4 months earlier before travelling to Uganda for the activity.
Buhoma region has less terrain and so easy to hike with various accommodation ranging from luxury, midrange, budget and tented camps.
Activities in Buhoma.
Apart from trekking, visitors can experience various activities in Buhoma.
Buhoma is well known for the primitive Batwa Pygmies who once lived in Bwindi forest with the animals. You will get to know how their women cook and serve meals. The women will organize a traditional performance with dances and songs that will entertain throughout and you will experience the magical way of making beer, gin and juice out of bananas.
Nature walk in Buhoma . you will hike into the forests with an experienced guide who will show and tell you all the important information. During this walk, you are able to see different bird species, gorilla families, red-tailed monkeys, tree species and other animals.
Another great experience is bird watching with different bird species like short-tailed warbler, white-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Red-headed Bluebill, African Emerald Cuckoo and Dark caped Bulbul.
Buhoma being the first gorilla trekking sector has a lot of volunteer and conservation projects like the Human Gorilla Conflict Organization(HUGO), Conservation through Public Health (CTPH) and Bwindi Community Hospital. Visitors can take part to support these organizations so as to encourage the safety of the endangered apes