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Buhoma region is located In the northern part of Bwindi Impenetrable national park in Uganda. Buhoma is the most sought after region in the park and the gorilla trekking permits here sell out very fast before other regions of Nkuringo, Rushaga and Ruhija. Buhoma has a rich history as it was the first to harborthe habituated mountain gorillas family called the Mubare group. When one talks of gorilla trekking in Uganda, the first option is trekking the gorillas in Buhoma region. Currently, Buhoma is endowed with 3 habituated gorilla familes which include the Mubare, Habinyanja and the Rushegura gorilla group.
Why Buhoma gorilla permits are popular.
The trekking permits for Buhoma tend to sell out quickly due to the high demand from tour operators and individual travellers due to many reasons. Gorillas in Buhoma are easy to trek and at times they can be spotted from the lodges when they are moving around the lodge. A popular video went viral on internet when the Rushegura gorilla family was filmed moving near the Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters. This is one of the reason why most individual travellers prefer Buhoma to other regions.
Buhoma region is easy to trek as it is the best for travellers who fear heights. Buhoma is located in the northern part of Bwindi Impenetrable national park and has the lowest altitude compared to other regions. Buhoma gorillas can be trekked by any traveller.
Daily scheduled flight to Kihihi makes Buhoma easy to be accessed from Entebbe therefore most tour operators and travellers target the Buhoma gorilla permit. The flight for Kihihi is arranged by Aerolink twice a day. From Kihihi, tourists and tour operators can easily drive to Buhoma region and their lodges for trekking. Buhoma region has morning and afternoon flights while other sectors like Nkuringo and Rushaga have only one flight that operates only in the mornings.
Buhoma’s location near Queen Elizabeth national park is surely one of the reasons as why it is popularly visited since it is easy for tourists to combine gorilla trekking and game drive in Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth national parks respectively. After your Buhoma trek, you can drive 2-3 hours to the Ishasha plains, Southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park to watch the tree climbing lions.
Buhoma region Is popular due to presence of beautiful lodges. The region is blessed with wonderful accommodation that gives a tourist plenty of choices. The budget lodges and camps are the most popular including Buhoma Community rest camp, Bwindi Canteen among others, Midrange lodges include Kitandara Tented Camps, Buhoma Haven lodge etc and the luxury lodges are Engagi Lodge, Buhoma lodge, Bwindi Volcanoes lodge, Mahogany among others. Therefore Buhoma permits tend to attract all categories of tourists to trek here.
How many Buhoma gorilla permits are available daily.
Buhoma region has three habituated mountain gorillas that are visited every day. Each family produces 8 permits daily and so twenty four permits are available per day. We advise clients to book the gorilla permits for Buhoma 3-4 months before the actual trekking date to avoid inconveniences.
What is the price for Buhoma Gorilla permits
Gorilla permits in Buhoma, just like in other sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park, costs USD 600.00 for foreign none residents, USD 500.00 for foreign residents and Uganda shillings 250,000 for East African citizens belonging to Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and Southern sudan. Rwanda currently sells out her permit at USD 1500.00 making Uganda a cheaper and adorable gorilla trekking destination in Africa.
Why book with Adventure In the Wild Safaris.
Adventure in the Wild Safaris is one of the most trusted tour operators in East Africa. When you book with us, we shall organize, secure your gorilla trekking permits, transport to and fro, accommodation as well as advising you accordingly. Contact us for more details about Buhoma gorilla permits.