Gorilla watching holidays have become one of the best experiences of exploring what nature offers in relation to primate world where mountain gorilla tracking is one of the attractive primates. Although its deemed to be endangered, Uganda has been on the fore front of conserving these primates in the thick forests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga national park however results of the extensive conservation measures have yielded fruits where different gorilla families have been habituated for human encounter making it possible to visit different gorilla families in different sectors of the above stated national parks ie; Buhoma sector, Rushaga sector, Nkuringo sector and Ruhija gorilla watching holiday.
Ruhija sector lies in the eastern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and a home to four habituated gorilla families that are visited on a daily basis with 34 gorilla permits allocated to the sector. The experience to this sector goes beyond enjoying the gentle Apes but from this sector you can be able to view the virunga ranges with magnificent landscape suitable enough to make your adventure more memorable.
Considerations for Ruhija gorilla watching holiday!
One of the key and first considerations is choosing on the approach on how to secure a gorilla tracking permit to the sector which involves either directly contacting Uganda Wildlife Authority or using a recognized and trusted tour company which is well registered to check for availability of your tracking dates. At safari vacations & travel services we provide information to our clients about the availability of gorilla tracking permits for your preferred dates and once your entrust us with our tour we proceed to securing your date given the details required and proceed by giving you proof of payment for your permits. Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances
Consider having a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate which is always required for entry into Uganda. We recommend protection against malaria, measles, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A, polio and yellow fever. You must travel with your Yellow Fever vaccination card. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.
How much is a gorilla trekking permit
One of the requisitions of gorilla trekking is possessing a gorilla permit. This is one of the documents that are needed for one to qualify to undertake the memorable experience to the gorillas. Therefore the cost of gorilla permits in Uganda stand at a cost of $700 and the cost of gorilla habituation is $1500, all the permit are issues as “per person per trek”.
When is the best time to visit Ruhija sector?
Although gorilla trekking is a year-round activity, the best time for a gorilla trekking trip is always during the dry seasons of January, February and June to September given the fact that there are fewer rains during these months, the roads are more comfortable to navigate, and you’re sure your itinerary will not be interrupted by a downpour. You should also note that during this time, everyone else will be thinking of traveling to see mountain gorillas, which makes permits very scarce, accommodation is expensive, and privacy hard to secure implying that you should make your reservations earlier enough for convenience. However given the fact that the activity is done in an area which is mountainous the downpour can be minimum evidenced any time which implies that you should travel with the right gear on your tracking date.
However the wet seasons from September to November and March to May usually pull in fewer crowds, accommodation is cheaper and it’s easier to process a gorilla trekking permit. But choosing gorilla trekking during the wet season would mean you endure the unfriendly experience of torrential rains, impassable roads, and difficult photography. Some travelers choose the wet season for the experience and price tag on safaris.
Whether you’re a long time traveler or first time traveler trust me Uganda has got a lot of potential tourism destinations, flora and fauna that will blend your safari into a memorable one and with a lot of storytelling. Plan your visit with us as we take your through the Pearl of Africa with experienced travel guides who will share with you great knowledge and relevant information as you enjoy your safari.