Gorilla Trekking in Ruhija Sector

Gorilla trekking in Ruhija sector; Ruhija sector is one of the gorilla sectors located in the eastern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park that offer gorilla trekking an exciting activity that involves travelers moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their environment. Apart from Ruhija sector, gorilla trekking is also done in Rushaga sector in the south, Buhoma sector in the north and Nkuringo sector in the south.

Ruhija sector is a home of 4 habituated gorilla families namely Bitukura, Oruzogo, Mukiza and Kyaguriro gorilla families which are available for trekking daily. Trekking of mountain gorillas in Ruhija sector starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will be able subdivided into groups of 8 people where each group will be allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek and an experienced park guide. Gorilla trekking in Ruhija sector takes about 2 hours to 6 hours depending on where the mountain gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking, you will be able to view other primates, different bird species, insects, tree species among others. Once the gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their habitat which gives you an opportunity to watch them carry out their daily activities, learn more about their habits, take photos and record incredible videos.

Cost of gorilla trekking permits in Ruhija sector

Gorilla trekking permits in Ruhija sector Bwindi impenetrable national park costs 700 USD per person for foreign non residents, 600 USD per person for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.

Best time to go

Gorilla trekking in Ruhija sector can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season which is also known as the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season, there is less rainfall in the park therefore access roads and gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes gorilla trekking easy compared to the rainy season when the gorilla trekking trails are muddy and slippery which makes trekking difficult.

What to pack 

When going for your gorilla trekking safari in Ruhija sector, there are a number of items that you should pack/carry including insect repellent, long sleeved clothes, garden gloves, long socks, facemasks and a hand sanitizer, waterproof rain jacket, hiking shoes, energy snacks and drinking water, warm sweater, walking stick, back pack, camera and extra batteries, a pair of binoculars, a hat and sunscreen among others.

Other activities in Ruhija sector

Ruhija sector offers other interesting activities that travelers can engage in after gorilla trekking including bird watching where you will be able to view different bird species, guided nature walk where you will get up-close and personal with different wildlife species, cultural tour where you will be able to interact with the local people and Batwa people, visiting community projects like bee keeping, crafts making among others.

Gorilla Trekking in Ruhija Sector
Batwa People

How to get to Ruhija sector

Ruhija sector is located in the eastern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park and can be accessed by road transport means where you will drive from Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and then to Ruhija sector which takes about 7 to 8 hours’ drive.

Ruhija sector can also be accessed by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter flights from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kihihi airstrip and then connect to Ruhija park headquarters which takes about 1 to 2 hours’ drive.

Travelers can as well access Ruhija sector from Kigali Rwanda where they will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to Ruhija park headquarters through Katuna border which takes about 4 to 5 hours’ drive.

Where to stay in Ruhija sector

There are a number of accommodation facilities in Ruhija sector where you can stay during your gorilla trekking safari. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and luxury including Ruhija Safari Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Bakiga Lodge, Ruhija Community Rest Camp, Agandi Uganda Eco Lodge, Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Kiho Gorilla Safari Lodge, Broadbill Forest Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort and Campsite, Cuckooland Tented Lodge among others.

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