Rushanga Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda
Rushanga Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda : Rushaga sector acts as a tourist destination among the four sectors found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park that is Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Rushaga sector. Rushaga sector is positioned in the southern side of the park. Therefore, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park is home of endangered mountain gorillas making it a place worth a visit to millions of the travelers.
Gorilla Trekking in Rushanga Sector
Rushanga sector is famously known as the most visited sector in the park because it houses a number of the habituated gorilla families which are Kahungye, Bweza, Nshongi, Bikyingi, Mishaya, Mucunguzi and Rwigi.
Gorilla trekking is an ultimate activity which starts early in the morning at exactly 8:00am after a briefing about gorilla trekking rules and regulations then you will set off to the forest accompanied by the park ranger who will share with you the information about mountain gorilla’s life style, behaviors.
This is an activity done in dense rainforest in search of the habituated gorilla families and once are located one hour will be given to you to spend with mountain gorillas in the jungle. You will be grouped in a group of 8 individuals who are allowed to trek in one habituated gorilla group.
Note that, gorilla trekking is unpredictable can take 2 to 7 hours depending on their movement within the forest. Once you meet them one hour is given to observe these endangered mountain gorillas on how they feed, play, behaviors, habits, learn about their lifestyle as well as picture taking.
Rushanga sector is a home of more than 8 habituated gorilla families and only 64 gorilla permits available on sell in single day. Therefore, during dry seasons visitors who are interested in trekking these gentle giants are advised to book their gorilla trekking permits in advance before six months of arrival on Uganda gorilla safari.
Uganda gorilla trekking permits cost USD700 for foreign non-residents, USD600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African Citizens. You can book your gorilla trekking permits direct from ‘’UWA’’ Uganda Wildlife Authority but it is more advisable a traveler to book your permit with trusted tour operator. Contact us Achieve Global Safaris for more details.
Gorilla Habituation Experience ‘’GHX’’
Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable national park can be conducted only in Rushanga sector. This is the process where mountain gorilla is first put under training to get used to human presence, a process that takes for about 2 to 3 years to be completed. Gorilla habituation experience starts at 8 :00am after briefing, then meet the range guide who will group you in number of 4 individuals accompanied by the team of park rangers, researchers, doctors who will share information about mountain gorilla as you collect their samples in the forest.
A gorilla habituation permits costs USD1500 for foreign nonresidents USD1000 for foreign residents and UGX750,000 for East African citizens. Visitors interested to participate in gorilla habituation experience should book their permits in advance because they are sold out quickly.
Why travelers would prefer a visit to Rushaga Sector
Travelers would prefer a visit to Rushanga sector because it inhabits high number of habituated gorilla families as compared to other sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Therefore, tourists who are to trek gorillas in Rushaga sector have a chance of choosing any gorilla group they prefer to trek.
Above all, Rushaga sector has made Bwindi Impenetrable national park to be popularly known worldwide because of offering gorilla habituation experience which cannot be found elsewhere in Africa or worldwide except here in Uganda Gorilla permits are booked in Rushanga sector.
Best Time to Visit Rushaga Sector
Rushaga sector can be visited yearly but the best time to visit it with no interruption of rain is during dry season in the months of June to September and December to February, when roads are passable and trekking trails are not muddy and slippery making gorilla trekking easy and interesting.
Accommodation Facilities in Rushaga Sector
Rushaga sector has got a wide range of classic accommodation facilities ranging from Luxury, Mid-range and Budget accommodation facilities which are equipped with good amenities and with beautiful view of the landscapes, birds and many more. Such lodges are; Chameleon Hill Lodge, Clouds Mountain Lodge, Bwindi Jungle Lodge, Mutanda Lake Resort, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Wagtail Eco Safari Camp few mentioned.
Other activities to be experienced in Rushanga sector apart from gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience include; Forest walk, Bird watching and Community tour among others.
How to reach to Rushaga Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Rushaga sector is one of the four premium gorilla trekking sector found in Bwindi located in the southern part of the park and it is approximately 9 to 10hours drive and 1:30 hours flight has means of transport.
Visitors fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airfield to Kisoro or Kihihi airfield by a domestic flight Aero Link Uganda which operates scheduled and chartered flights daily, then connect to the park headquarters by the car.
Travelers can still access Rushaga sector right from Kigali ‘’Rwanda’ ’which takes 3 to 4 hours’ drive via Cyanika border in Kisoro. Compared traveling from Kampala to Rushaga which takes about 9 to 10 hours’ drive. Road transport may seem to be a long driving journey but the most rewardable one with spectacular views of the Virunga Mountains, Country side and scenic land scape of tea plantations, banana plantation are much memorable.