Kabale, a town nestled in southwestern Uganda, holds significant importance for both the town itself and the broader Kigezi region. Historically, Kabale was part of the Kigezi district, which included Rukungiri, Kisoro, and Kabale itself. Today, Kabale stands as the largest town in southwestern Uganda and serves as the headquarters of the entire Kigezi region. This region now encompasses seven districts: Kabale, Rukungiri, Kanungu, Kisoro, Rukiga, and Rubanda, with the district offices located in Makanga. Approximately 50,000 people make up the population of Kabale, with the Bakiga, Bahororo, and Bafumbira/Banyarwanda communities residing in the various districts of Kigezi. Kabale is approximately 400km southwest of Kampala and 430 km from Entebbe by road. Lake Bunyonyi is located 10 km north of Kabale town. we are your Kabale Tour Operator and Lake Bunyonyi
Ruhija sector is located in the eastern sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park. It is located between Buhoma which is approximately 50 km North of Ruhija and Kabale town which is 49 km south of Ruhija. Ruhija sector has four habituated gorilla families open for tourism. The gorilla families in Ruhija include;
This is the first gorilla family to be habituated in the Ruhija sector. The habituation process of this family started in 2007 and was open for tourism in 2008. This family derives its name from the name of the river called Bitukura where it was first sighted.
The family currently has 9 members with 2 silverbacks.
The Oruzogo gorilla family is the second family of gorillas to be habituated in the Ruhija sector. It has the biggest number of gorillas in this sector totaling 23. It’s headed by Tibirikwata the dominant silverback. The habituation process of this group started in 2009 and was open for tourism in 2012.
Originally reserved for research purposes, this gorilla family in the Ruhija sector saw a surge in demand for gorilla permits. Consequently, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) decided to allocate this family for both research and tourism. For those intending to conduct research, it is essential to obtain prior permission from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the governing body overseeing all national parks in Uganda. This family was initially led by Zeus, the dominant silverback, who later met his end in exile.
The group currently has nine members with 1 silverback.
The formation of this gorilla family in the Ruhija sector marks the fourth one. This group came into existence after some family members separated from the Kyaguriro gorilla family. It is led by the dominant silverback Mukiza.
The group has 9 members and 1 silverback.
Ruhija sector has 4 gorilla families, each family is supposed to be visited by 8 people per day. This means that there are 32 gorilla permits available every day.
Yes, it’s possible to sleep in Kabale or Lake Bunyonyi and participate in gorilla tracking. KABALE is approximately 50 km from Ruhija which is 1 hour and 30 minutes in a car. you need to arrange with a tour operator to organize transport to take you to and from Ruhija. Make sure to depart at 6 a.m. so that you arrive in time for the briefing.
Gorilla permits are sold by the Uganda Wildlife Authority which is the body that manages all the national parks in Uganda. You can contact them to book a gorilla permit however you can use a tour operator like Safari Vacations and Travel Services Ltd to buy for you a gorilla permit. the Kabale Tour Operator and Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi is approximately 10 km away in the hills of Kabale. It is the second deepest lake in Uganda with a depth of 900m. It is 25 km long and 7kms wide. The lake is made up of 29 islands including Bwama Island, Bushara Island Byoona Amagara Island, and the most infamous Akampene (punishment island).
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