Nkuringo is one of the gorilla trekking sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable national park in southern Bwindi harboring three gorilla habituated families. Nkuringo is well situated for the spectacular views of the Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira in Virunga National park of Democratic Republic Of Congo. This sector is also difficult to hike due to the rugged terrain and so physically fit trekkers are encourage to trek in this breathtaking view sector that cannot be fully described by words but experience.
The Nkuringo family which was named after the ‘rolling hills’ where the first sighted group and they have been proved by the visitors to be the most wonderful group to interact with. The family is composed of 12 members under the leadership of a silverback, Rufiki who broke up from the Nshongi family in Rushaga sector to form his own crew. The family was habituated in 2009 and that’s when it first received visitors
Other gorilla families in Nkuringo include the Bushaho and the Bikingi gorilla families. These groups are still trekked by 8 visitors per day and health status is valued as well as the age of the trekkers.
How to get there.
Nkuringo can be accessed from Kabale district to Kisoro about 3 hours drive or the sector can be reached via Buhoma using Kabale Butogota route. From here, a private taxi or bus can be hired because there is no direct vehicle that goes to Nkuringo.
Activities in Nkuringo.
Apart from trekking, Nkuringo is well located for bird watching especially during the nature walk into the thick forest. Sweet singing birds like the yellow eyed black flycatcher, Garners warbler, Black bee eater, White tailed blue flycatcher, Short tailed warbler and African emerald cuckoo.
Nature walk/hiking is another un forgettable experience in Nkuringo sector where visitors can get to meet the local people who will share with them their ways of living as well viewing the wonderful sights of the Virunga park in DRC.