Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is one of the most profound activity that has globally attracted visitors due to several factors like availability of trekking permits, high chances of meeting the primates in their habitats among others. Gorilla trekking activity is distributed in four sectors which include Rushaga, Buhoma, Ruhija and Nkuringo. Therefore gorilla trekking in Ruhija offers you a unique experience from the rest of the mentioned sectors and visitors to this sector should be expectant of meeting the endangered primates with less hard trails in the jungle.
Gorilla trekking experience in Ruhija sector begins early in the morning along with the attractive foggy weather experience which is mostly found in the area best for eco-tourism before heading to the park headquarters for briefing about the do’s and don’ts while on the trail and when you meet the primates in the jungle.
Along the trek in this sector visitors can get an opportunity of having a close encounter with other jungle primates like the Black and White Colobus which are found in the forest and different bird species with great melodies. Gorilla tracking which is a once in a lifetime experience in this sector is an assured encounter where the three families can be visited with less congestion and thus chances of meeting the primates are at high chances. Don’t hesitate to book for an experience in Ruhija sector for an amazing encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Visitors to have an opportunity with gorillas in Ruhija are required to acquire a tracking permit at a cost of $700 per person per trek which guarantees you one hour experience with an allocated gorilla family to trek on your preferred date however there are only 8 people who are allowed to visit a single gorilla family per day, visitors are thus required to book for slots early enough for their preferred dates not to miss out and permits are only issued out by Uganda Wildlife Authority although booking for permits can done by a trusted local tour operator or individual travelers.
How to get to Ruhija
Furthermore clients who would prefer connecting through Rwanda can as well easily connect to this sector through Katuna and Cyanika border and procede to the park for your intended activities.
Ruhija can be accessed from several angels. If you are coming from Kampala/Entebbe, it’s better to go through Kampala-Mbarara- Kabale town and then proceed to Ruhija.
However you may branch off at Ntungamo to Rukungiri, Kihihi or Butogota then drive another two hours to Ruhija. All these routes requires a four wheel drive car as some sections of the road is rough, bumpy, dusty and during rainy seasons, they tend to get muddy.
By Air transport Kihihi Airstrip also known as Savannah Airstrip is the nearest Airstrip to Ruhija sector, located in Kanungu District southwestern Uganda – expect 3 hours’ drive from Kihihi Airstrip to Ruhija mountain gorilla sector.
Accommodation in Ruhija .
There plenty of accommodation sites which have been set up in this vicinity with standard amenities ranging from Budget, mid-range and luxury facilities all with welcoming and holistic staff ready to serve visitors at any time of the day. A great array of services are offered including warm water due to the cold environment in the region, Wi-Fi internet, local and international dishes, traditional dance among others all with aim of providing a comfortable stay in the area. Some of these lodges include; Bakiga lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Resort, Ruhija Safari lodge Gorilla mist camp and as well other several accommodation centers outside but close to the park.
Contact Safari Vacations & Travel Services as your lead tour operator to arrange your tour package as we traverse you to the Pearl of Africa with all the unique and memorable experience amidst our experienced travel guides.