About Nkuringo Gorilla Group
Nkuringo was opened for gorilla tracking in 2004, the sector lies at a high altitude about 6800 feet on the park’s southwestern border north of Kisoro town. Nkuringo-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is 480 km about 10 hours drive from Kampala via Mbarara-Kabale Road, another route from Kampala via Fort Portal to Nkuringo-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is 634 km approximately 12 hours drive. Meanwhile most tourists who travel to the Pearl of Africa (Uganda) for gorilla habituation and gorilla tracking opt to fly to Rwanda (Kigali International Airport), its approximately 5 hours drive via Chanika borderline. Nkuringo has become the favorite destination to most tourists simply because it’s located at a high altitude than any other trailhead at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park giving you excellent scenic views of the Virunga Volcanoes.
The Nkuringo gorilla family was named after their founding alpha silverback called Nkuringo whose name translates as “Round Hill”. The family’s successful habituation ended in 2004 and Nkuringo died four years later. He was survived by two sons called Rafiki (meaning friend in Swahili) and Safari. Safari took leadership of the family and has been able to firmly hold all its members together through times of happiness and seasons of trial. The family joyfully embraced healthy baby twins just seven months into safari reign and they were named Katungi and Muhoozi. Sadly, Katungi passed on without seeing his second birthday. Currently the family has 19 members including 2 silverbacks.
Introduction of Christmas gorilla group
Christmas gorilla group is the new group in Nkuringo located in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. The group consists of 6 members, headed by 1 silverback called Christmas, 1 black back, 3 females and one baby. The introduction of this group has increased the number of gorilla permits available for gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Nkuringo gorilla tracking permits cost USD 600 and you will be able to spend only 1 hour with the mountain gorillas. Contact Gorilla Tracking Africa safaris and experience remarkable holiday at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. At Nkuringo there were 16 permits but after the introduction of Christmas gorilla group, 24 gorilla permits available for sell daily. Nkuringo mountain gorilla group lives in one of the most challenging gorilla tracking sector in the whole of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park but when you encounter the trailhead is the most rewarding experience of a lifetime.
Nkuringo sector at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has 3 habituated gorilla families active for gorilla tracking, at Nkuringo 24 gorilla permits are accessible daily, a total of 24 people can trek mountain gorillas daily. These permits are purchased at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, book with Gorilla Tracking Africa. Uganda Wildlife Authority authorized Gorilla Tracking Africa to book permits on your behalf throughout the year. Book in advance so that we can arrange you a remarkable gorilla safari at Nkuringo Gorilla group in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is the only area in the world that hosts both the highly endangered and globally significant mountain Gorilla and the Chimpanzees in the same natural habitat.
Where to stay
Nkuringo trailhead is equipped with fascinating lodges ranging from luxury, moderate and budget i.e. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp and Bwindi Backpackers Lodge respectively. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge and Nkuringo Gorilla Camp are located near to the briefing point; usually most tourists after breakfast go direct to the briefing room just a few meters from the lodge, sometimes while chilling at the Lodge one might see Gorillas pass by, Contact Gorilla Tracking Africa so that we can plan for you memorable safari at Nkuringo Gorilla Group – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda.