Things to do in Buhoma sector after gorilla trekking; Buhoma sector is one of the four gorilla trekking sectors located in the northern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park. Buhoma sector is the most famous and also the most visited gorilla sector due to the fact that it harbors the oldest gorilla family called Mubare that was habituated in 1993. Buhoma sector is a home of 4 habituated gorilla families namely Habinyanja, Rushegura, Mubare and Katwe gorilla families which are available for trekking on a daily basis. Apart from gorilla trekking, Buhoma sector offers other fascinating activities that visitors can engage in including,
Things to do in Buhoma sector after gorilla trekking
Nature walk is an interesting and one of things to do in Buhoma sector after gorilla trekking. Nature walk in Buhoma sector is done early in the morning or in the afternoon with the company of an experienced park guide who will lead you in the forest passing through different trails like Munyanga waterfall trail, Habinyanja trail, Kashasha river trail, muzabajiro loop trail, the ivy river trail, Rushura hill trail, Rusizi river trail among others. During the guided nature walk, you will be able to spot different bird species, animals, primates like l’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, trees, views of the beautiful waterfall, colorful butterflies, Rwenzori mountain ranges, listen to sweet sounds of bird species singing in trees among others.
Community tour is a thrilling activity where you will be introduced to the local people who live in the neighboring villages around the park. during the community tour, you will be able to learn about their culture, lifestyle, meet with the traditional healers who treat different illnesses with plants and roots, visit the local distillers who make beer from bananas, visit the craft shops where they sell hand made items like bags, hats, sandals, beads, visit the secondary and primary schools, taste and learn how their local meals are prepared, enjoy their traditional entertainments among others.
Buhoma sector is one of the top birding destinations in Bwindi impenetrable national park in that it is a home of more than 360 recorded bird species including 23 Albertine rift endemics, forest birds, migratory birds among others. During bird watching, you will be accompanied by an experienced park guide who will help you to spot different bird species including African green broadbill, pink footed puffback, yellow fronted canary, great blue turaco, red headed bluebill, cape wagtail, white throated green bull, common bulbul, Waller’s starling, klaas’s cuckoo, African blue flycatcher, barred long tailed cuckoo, grey crowned crane, blue headed sunbird among others.
Batwa cultural experience
Batwa cultural experience is an exciting activity in Buhoma sector where you will get an opportunity to interact with the Batwa/ pygmies who used to live in Bwindi forest before it was gazetted into a national park. During the Batwa cultural experience you will be able to learn about their history, way of live, learn about their hunting and gathering skills, how to make fire with sticks, demonstrate how they used plants as food and medicine, enjoy their traditional songs, dance and drama among others.
Best time to visit Buhoma sector
Buhoma sector can be visited anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February because during this period the national park receives less or little rainfall therefore gorilla trekking and nature walk trails will be dry and passable, vegetation will be thin which helps you to view different wildlife species clearly.
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.
Buhoma sector can also be accessed from Kigali Rwanda where tourists will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to the park headquarters by road through Katuna border in Kabale which takes about 4 to 5 hours’ drive.
You can as well access Buhoma sector by air transport means whereby you will book scheduled or charter flights with Aero link Uganda or Bar aviation from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kihihi airstrip and then connect to the park by road.
Where to stay during your safari in Buhoma sector
There are a number of accommodation facilities ranging from budget, midrange and luxury where you can stay during your Uganda safari in Buhoma sector including Buhoma lodge, sanctuary forest camp, mahogany springs lodge, Engagi lodge, silverback lodge, Buhoma haven lodge, Buhoma community rest camp, Bwindi lodge, Bwindi view Bandas, ride 4 a woman gust house among others.