Ruhija is one of the 4 gorilla tracking regions that make up Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and a major gorilla trekking region along with other regions like Rushaga, Nkuringo, and Buhoma. The sector/ region is the most accessible gorilla region in Uganda With up to 3 well-habituated gorilla families and presents opportunities for gorilla trekking the whole year-round.
You can easily access the Ruhija sector for your gorilla tracking experience on a distance which is between 4-5 hours from the capital Kigali through Katuna border via Kabale Town whereby on your way you will catch great scenic sights of the beautiful terraced hills of Kabale and rice gardens in Rwanda as you proceed to Ruhija for your gorilla encounter. With this short distance, it justifies the little time clients spend on the road which reduced from the route “though Entebbe international airport to Ruhija which takes 8-9 hours” and visitors cannot also get fatigued resulting from traveling long distances.
Rwanda international airport Kigali has got more international flights and direct flights and this makes the visitors find it easy to book an International flight direct to Kigali international airport. Still, Rwanda has had the national carrier in place as compared to Uganda which has newly revived its national carrier, and thus it became so comfortable to fly to Kigali as compared to when one is flying to Entebbe International Airport and the fact that Bwindi impenetrable National Park is itself much closer to Rwanda.
The cost of gorilla permits in Uganda is more favorable compared to Rwanda which is double that of Uganda making it a luxurious tour destination but the experience with tracking the gorillas is the same in Uganda. Gorilla permits in Uganda are 700 USD each, while in Rwanda permits are 1500 USD each. This reduces expenditure as you save on gorilla permit,
In Uganda, there is a host of things to do as well. You can supplement your trip with chimpanzee tracking, visit some of the game parks such as Queen Elizabeth national park and go on game viewing drives, or bird watching, see some tree-climbing lions, go white water rafting on the Nile, and enjoy a bit of cultural tourism
When booking such a tour with us, you can take advantage of the East African tourist visa at USD100 to visit three countries of Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda. Contact us for more details on the East African visa.
Plenty of gorilla families have been habituated which gives visitors a variety to select from. 20 gorilla families are open to tourists, unlike Rwanda with 10 habituated gorilla families.
Ruhija Gorilla trekking sector in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park has got various accommodation facilities in and around the vicinity where you can stay based on your interests ranging from budget, mid-range, and luxury accommodation facilities. Visitors on budget and a mid-range budget can stay at Gift of Nature Lodge, Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Gorilla Mist Camp, Bakiga Lodge, broadbill Tented Forest Camp, and luxury accommodation facility can be seen at Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge. You can as well stay in lodges, camps, and hotels which are adjacent Ruhija sector. The services provided by these accommodation facilities include Wi-Fi, internet access as well as providing a 24-hour service.
Visitors can now book through a recognized and trusted tour operator in case you don’t want to go through the hustle of buying the permits yourself. At Safari Vacations & Travel Services, we help visitors to secure permits and making sure their accommodation is available since we are reliable and fully recognized in the tour industry of both Uganda and Rwanda with vast experience of all the systems.
Decide on your safari for gorilla trekking in Ruhija from Kigali and we, therefore, make sure that we secure for you the gorilla permits, book accommodation, transportation, and guiding services.
Safari Vacations & Travel Services is a recognized local-based tour operator registered in Uganda and our services are well accredited on our trip advisor and safari booking. Feel free to contact us for more inquiries and reservations in safari services.