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Buhoma Section Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Buhoma Section Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Buhoma Section Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has several sections where gorilla trekking takes place and one of them is the Buhoma Area located in Kanungu District. Buhoma Section is popular with tourists as it was the first place in Uganda where gorilla trekking started from. The first group of tourists to see gorillas did it in the Buhoma region of Bwindi National Park and this was in 1993. This, therefore, implies that the Buhoma region has the oldest habituated gorilla family in the whole of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and this family is called the Mubare group. The family currently has 9 members a factor highly attributed to the Late Ruhondeza (who died in 2013). Ruhondeza grew older and could not effectively defend the family leading to break ways that later weakened the family. By the time of Ruhondeza’s death, the family had only 4 members but after his death, then new silverback embanked on an aggressive campaign that has seen the group capture some individuals from other families to the tune of nine members. It is believed that with the ambition of the new silverback, the family is likely to grow on numbers. Other gorilla families that can be trekked from the Buhoma region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include the Rushegura gorilla family which has 18 members and the Habinyanja Group that has 21 individuals. In early 2015, a certain video went viral showing a man with gorillas around him (this was rushegura family).

Why do people like Buhoma Region?

Easy to Access from Kampala, Buhoma Section is easy to access from Kampala compared to other regions of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It’s approximately 550 km from Kampala and 8-9 hours drive from Kampala to Buhoma.

Closer to Other National Parks?

Buhoma is closer to Queen Elizabeth National Park more especially the southern sector popularly known as Ishasha. From gorillas, one can take 2 hours to Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha Sector) to have an opportunity of viewing wildlife which may include the popular tree climbing Lions or drive up to 4 hours to the Mwey section of Queen Elizabeth National Park for the popular boat cruise on Kazinga channel that has been praised for having the highest concentration of hippos in the whole world, over 600 species of birds and the best place to view other wildlife as they flock the channel to drink water. Ideally, the Buhoma region remains the closest to parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori National Park, and Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee trekking.

Buhoma Section Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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