This is the most busy gorilla trekking sector of Bwindi National Park but to get there you may need to use road transport or fly on a charter or scheduled flight. This gorilla tracking trail head can be approached using different routes which are dusty and dump especially during saviour rainy seasons. All approaching routes involve driving the dirty roads, slippery terrain so in case you are to use road transport, you are recommended to drive early or in case you wish to use a scheduled flight, you need to know the check in time and follow the instructions given.
Fill your fuel tank to capacity and carry all that you need but if you run short there are fuel or gas stations in Kihihi. This is roughly 15km north of Kanyantorogo on the road close to ishasha. If you take public transport use Butogota and Buhoma road.
It is about 108km from Kabale to Buhoma using a dusty road for 3 hours but may take more time when it rains. The best route is the Kisoro road to Kabale driving for about 18 km to Hamurwa, turn right to the signpost of Buhoma. This route runs for 45km to Kanungu, 15km to Kanyantorogo then left to Butogota which is about 17 km from Buhoma.
At times Hamurwa bridge breaks after the heavy rain so the alternative route goes through Ruhija sector. That goes through Kabale follow Kisoro road for 25km turn right to Ruhija road the drive to Buhoma although the terrain may rough and slippery it is passable.
Early in the morning, drive on the surface road from Kampala to Ntungamo for about 60km from Mbarara. At Ntungamo, turn right for 45km to Rukungiri continue on a dirsty road through Kambuga to Kanungu then to Kabale to Buhoma. This drive is about 7-8 hours
The drive from Kibale, Kasese, fort Port or Queen Elizabeth may take about 5 hours to Bwindi Impenetrabel National Park. There are two alternatives that is to say the routes through Katunguru to Ishasha and Kihihi which is about 75 km turn left at Kanyantorogo for Bwindi forest National Park.
Another route to Bwindi National Park is through follow a surface road south of Ishaka turn right on an unsurfaced road to Kabele for 33km to Kagamba on a surfaced road to Ntungamo Rukungiri road the finally to Bwindi National Park.
This trail head is heads for Nkuringo gorilla tracking area in Ntungamo village situated on Nteko Ridge. From Kabale then Ntungamo the drive is 3 hours, turn right to Muko 43km off Kabale road, drive for more 3km from Lake Bunyonyi to Kisoro. Get to Katojo and turn right after 3 km for about 3 hours from Rushaga and Rubuguri, keep driving for about 1km to Nkuringo
From Kisoro, drive to Ntungamo through a bumpy road for about an hour passing Lake Mutolere to Bwindi hills. This road joins Rubugeri Nkuringo road sign post turn left to Kisoro Ntungamo route the to Nkuringo gorilla tracking area.
From Kabale, head to Kisoro road then to Muko beyond the northern tip of Lake Bunyonyi at the foot beyond Muko hill to Katojo village then turn right for about 25km further until you get to Rushaga gorilla tracking area.
Uganda which was also named by Churchill the “pear of Africa” is home to numerous wild animals including some members of the big five which may be spotted on your way through the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This side of the national park is endowed with the tree climbing lions, elephant families, leopards, buffaloes, water bucks and so many others may be sighted.
Although chimpanzees are residents of Bwindi National Park, they are not habituated so in case you wish to add chimpanzee tracking on the to do activities of your Uganda safari, you have the option of spending a night in Kibale National Park which is home to the closest human cousins with a DNA of about 98% human genes. This natural rain forest is about 5 to 6 hours away from Bwindi National Park. It is also endowed with a variety of birds and monkeys that are commonly seen as you trek through the forest.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is also home to habituated chimpanzees who are residents of the Kyambura gorge. You may also have the chance of encountering the great apes when you take a tour to Kyambura Gorge.
It is one of the incredible experiences that you encounter while on your trip in Uganda. You enjoy the aerial view of Queen Elizabeth National Park, the breath-taking view of crater lakes both wet and dry, spot wildlife from above the horizons. However you need to have booked in advance.
What an incomparable experience as you cruise on the Kazinga Channel. On its banks are several animals that quench there thirst from its waters, flock of birds also display a great design including both local and international migrant birds. Also you may enjoy a boat cruise to Murchison Falls where water violently squeezes through a 7 meter wide gorge and cascades down to carry on with the course of River Nile.
For those interested in birding in Africa, this is another chance to meet the rare albertine endemics that are common residents of Bwindi Forest National Park. You take a birding tour to Ruhijah which is the birder’s haven. Spot numerous monkey types that reside in this area.