Bird watching in Buhoma sector; Buhoma sector is one of the sectors in Buhoma sector located in the northern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park in Kanungu district. Buhoma sector is famously known for harboring the endangered mountain gorillas and its one of the top birding destinations in Bwindi impenetrable national park in that it’s a home of more than 360 recorded bird species including Albertine rift endemics, forest birds and migratory birds. Bird watching in Buhoma sector is best done in the morning or in the evening following different birding trails like the ivy river trail, waterfall trail, Rushura hill trail, Habinyanja trail, Muzabajiro loop trail, Munyanga river trail among others. During bird watching, you will be accompanied by an experienced park guide who will help you to spot different bird species like the red headed bluebill, white headed saw-wing, African cuckoo, yellow rumped tinker bird, great blue turaco, yellow fronted canary, bar tailed trogon, African blue flycatcher, grey crowned crane, Waller’s starling, blue headed sunbird, cape wagtail, Klaas’s cuckoo, common bulbul, cape wagtail, white throated green bull, double toothed barbet, pink footed puff back, African dusky flycatcher, ross’s turaco, African pygmy-kingfisher, black bee-eater, African hill-babbler, white-eyed slaty-flycather, Cassins flycatcher, crested guinea fowl, Rwenzori batis, African olive-pigeon, sooty falcon, African paradise flycatcher, dusky twin spot, Mackinnons shrike, brown-capped weaver, handsome francolin, blue spotted wood dove among others.
Best time to go for bird watching in Buhoma sector
Bird watching in Buhoma sector can be done all year round though the best time is during the wet/ rainy season in the months of March to May and October to November. During the wet season there is plenty of food for the birds and it’s the breeding plumage where you will be able to view colorful and migratory bird species.
Where to stay during your bird watching safari in Buhoma sector
Buhoma sector has a wide range of accommodation facilities where you can stay during your bird watching safari. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and luxury including Silverback Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi View Bandas, Bwindi Guest House, Buhoma Haven Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Mahogany Springs lLdge, Engagi Lodge, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma Gorilla Lodge among others.
Other activities in Buhoma sector
Apart from bird watching, Buhoma sector offers other interesting activities that visitors can engage in after bird watching including gorilla trekking where you will be able to spend one hour with the endangered mountain gorillas, nature walks where you will get up-close and personal with different wildlife species, Batwa cultural tour where you will be able to interact with the Batwa or pygmies who used to live in Bwindi forest before it was gazetted into a national park, community tour, mountain biking among others.
How to get to Buhoma sector
Buhoma sector is located in the northern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park and can be accessed by road transport means whereby you will drive from Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and then to the park headquarters which takes about 8 to 9 hours’ drive.
You can as well access Buhoma sector from Kigali Rwanda whereby you will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to Buhoma sector through Cyanika or Katuna border which takes about 3 to 4 hours drive.
Buhoma sector can also be accessed by air transport means whereby you will book charter or scheduled flights with Aero link Uganda or Bar aviation from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kihihi airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
What to carry on your bird watching safari in Buhoma sector
There are a number of items to carry on your bird watching safari in Buhoma sector including long sleeved shirt and trouser, hiking boots to protect your ankles and keep your feet dry, waterproof rain jacket to protect you from rainfall, filed guidebook, a pair of binoculars, water bottle, camera and extra batteries to take photos, waterproof backpack to carry your bird watching items, a hat to protect you from strong sunlight among others.