Discover the beauty of gorilla trekking in Bwindi through the Ruhija sector, located in the North-Eastern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This sector offers one of the best experiences with gorillas in Uganda, with a 98% chance of seeing these endangered apes. Ruhija can be easily accessed from Kabale, Buhoma, and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Unlike Rushaga, Nkuringo, and Buhoma sectors, Ruhija offers a unique experience with the gorillas, making your visit to Bwindi a memorable one. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be up close and personal with these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Discover Ruhija, one of the major sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Situated in the south-western region of Uganda, this park shares a border with the Congo. As one of the only two national parks in Uganda where you can trek to see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat, Bwindi Forest National Park is home to over half of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is divided into different sectors, including Ruhija, where visitors can experience the Gorilla tracking adventure. With its beautiful scenic views and diverse wildlife, Ruhija region offers a unique Gorilla tracking experience with a high chance of sighting these magnificent creatures. Plan your visit today to explore the wonders of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat.
If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure in Uganda, gorilla trekking in Ruhija region should be at the top of your list. As you move through the forest, you’ll have the opportunity to view a habituated mountain gorilla family in their natural habitat. The gorilla trackers, advanced team, and rangers use a variety of methods to track the gorillas before trekking begins, which ensures that you’ll have a 99% chance of seeing these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.
The Ruhija sector of Bwindi Forest National Park is perfect for aged and less fit travelers because its terrain is not as hilly and steep as other areas like Rushaga and Nkuringo. Ruhija also offers a variety of affordable budget lodges for accommodation and camping groups, many of which are located near the starting point of gorilla trekking. Additionally, when you’re not trekking for gorillas, there are many other activities to enjoy in Ruhija sector, including birding tours, nature walks, primate walks, and Batwa cultural walk experiences, all of which are budget-friendly.
Make your dream of seeing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat a reality by embarking on a gorilla trekking adventure in Ruhija region.
Are you ready to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking experience? Look no further than Ruhija region in Bwindi Forest National Park, where you can encounter different habituated gorilla families.
Each gorilla family in Ruhija region is unique, with different individuals and a dominant male gorilla known as the Silverback controlling the group. In total, there are four gorilla families in Ruhija: Bitukura, Oruzogo, Mukiza, and Kyaguriro. With a maximum of only 8 people allowed to trek per gorilla family per day, it’s essential to book your gorilla permit in advance to secure your spot.
One advantage of gorilla trekking in Ruhija sector is its relatively flat terrain compared to other areas of Bwindi Forest National Park. This makes it a great option for travelers who are less fit or may have physical limitations.
Aside from gorilla trekking, there are other activities to enjoy in Ruhija, including birding tours, nature walks, primate walks, and the Batwa cultural walk experience. Plus, there are a variety of budget-friendly lodges and camping options close to the starting point of gorilla trekking, making it convenient to explore all that Ruhija has to offer.
If you’re planning on a gorilla trekking experience in Ruhija Region, it’s important to know the cost of the permits. There are only 32 permits available per day for trekking in Ruhija, and the cost of gorilla trekking permits is the same for all sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park.
For Non-Foreign Residents, the gorilla trekking permit costs USD700 per person, while for Foreign Residents it costs USD600, and for East African Citizens it costs Shs.250,000. Although the permit only allows for one hour of viewing of the gorillas, it’s an experience of a lifetime that is well worth the cost.
It’s important to note that during the high season (January, February, July, August, September, and December), permits sell out very quickly. If you’re planning a trek during these months, it’s best to contact Trek Africa Expeditions to check availability and secure your permits. Once payment is received, they will book and secure your permits and provide you with a booking ID and receipt to confirm your trek. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to encounter gorillas in their natural habitat – book your permits early and enjoy a truly unforgettable experience.
The sector can be reached through different means of transport including road and air transport. If you opt for road transport, you can travel from Kampala or Entebbe, which takes approximately 8-9 hours with stops at the equator and for lunch. The journey is quite enjoyable as there’s a lot to see on the way. You can also drive to Ruhija from Kigali, Rwanda, which is about 4-5 hours’ drive through the Uganda-Rwanda border at Katuna. After passing through Kabale town for lunch, you’ll proceed to Ruhija for your gorilla trip.
For those who prefer air transport, you can take a domestic flight to Kihihi Airstrip, which is located in Kanungu district. The flight takes about 2 hours and upon arrival, you can take a 1-hour drive to the Park. Whichever means of transport you choose, the journey to Ruhija sector is an unforgettable experience that you will cherish for a lifetime.
If you’re planning to visit Ruhija sector in Bwindi Forest National Park, there’s no need to worry about where to stay. Ruhija offers a wide range of accommodation options that can cater to any budget. Whether you’re on a tight budget or looking for luxury, there is something for everyone.
For those on a budget, there are several options such as Gorilla Mist Camp, Gift of Nature Lodge, Trekkers Tavern Cottages, and Broadbill Tented Forest Camp. These accommodations offer comfortable and affordable lodging options for backpackers and budget-conscious travelers.
If you’re looking for mid-range accommodations, Bakiga Lodge is a great option. It offers a beautiful view of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and comfortable rooms with all necessary amenities.
For those seeking a luxury experience, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge is an excellent choice. It offers luxurious and spacious rooms, delicious meals, and a range of activities to make your stay unforgettable.
Alternatively, you can also choose to stay in Buhoma region lodges or campsites which are near Ruhija sector. No matter where you stay, you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning beauty of Bwindi Forest National Park and its amazing gorilla families.
Trek Africa Expeditions is a locally owned and run tour operator based in Uganda, committed to offering sustainable and life-changing experiences to visitors to East Africa. We are registered by the Uganda Tourism Board and are proud members of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators.
One of the main reasons to book your gorilla trekking safari with Trek Africa Expeditions is our excellent relationship with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). This allows us to secure gorilla permits and make all necessary arrangements for your trek, ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable experience.
Our team of experienced guides are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love for the natural beauty of Uganda with visitors, ensuring you have an unforgettable adventure. And with a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including budget, mid-range, and luxury options, we can help you find the perfect place to stay during your gorilla trekking safari.
But don’t just take our word for it – Trek Africa Expeditions is highly rated on Trip Advisor and Safari Bookings, with many satisfied customers who have enjoyed our tours and safaris. Contact us today to start planning your gorilla trekking adventure in Ruhija Region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.