We specialize in securing gorilla permits, even during the months of June to September when it’s usually challenging due to high demand. Many travelers flock to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park during this time, causing services and gorilla permits to sell out quickly. However, our expertise and connections allow us to secure permits and provide top-notch services for your luxury gorilla trekking experience. Contact us now to book your trip.
Located in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Rushaga is a hidden gem that offers a unique gorilla trekking experience. With five habituated gorilla families, it boasts the largest number of gorilla families in any sector of the park. The terrain in this region is relatively easy to trek, making it an ideal destination for both experienced and first-time trekkers.
Rushaga can be easily accessed through Kisoro, which makes it a convenient tracking point for those travelling from Kigali. The habituated families in this region include Busingye, Bweza, Nshongi, Mishaya, and Kahungye, which are all available for tracking and open to tourists. Additionally, it’s the only region in Bwindi that offers Gorilla Habituation Experience with two families, Bushaho and Bikyingi, currently going through the process.
Apart from gorilla trekking, Rushaga also offers a chance to experience the unique culture of the Batwa community through their visitation programs. At Trek Africa Expeditions, we can organize a guided tour of the Batwa community for those interested in cultural encounters.
Get in touch with us to book your luxury gorilla tour to Rushaga during the high season and experience the beauty of this hidden gem.
Planning a luxury gorilla safari to Rushaga? Don’t forget to secure your gorilla permits well in advance. We recommend booking your permits at least 3 to 4 months before your intended safari date. This is especially important during the high season, as permits tend to sell out quickly on a first-come, first-served basis.
A gorilla permit is a requirement for trekking mountain gorillas in Rushaga. The cost of a permit is USD700 for foreign non-residents, USD600 for foreign residents, and 250,000 Uganda Shillings for East Africa citizens. This permit grants you the opportunity to spend one hour with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi.
Contact Trek Africa Expeditions to learn more about how to secure your gorilla permits for tracking in Rushaga well in advance. We are here to help you plan a memorable luxury safari experience in Uganda.
When planning a luxury gorilla safari holiday to Rushaga during the high season, it is crucial to consider where you will be staying. To have an unforgettable and comfortable experience, we highly recommend staying in luxury accommodations. Fortunately, Rushaga has a range of luxury lodge options to choose from, such as Gorilla Safari Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, and Gorilla Heights Lodge, among others.
Booking with Trek Africa Expeditions guarantees a full board meal basis during your stay in any of these lodges. Indulge in delicious meals while enjoying the breathtaking scenery and unparalleled hospitality. It is a perfect way to unwind after an adventurous day of trekking mountain gorillas.
Choosing a luxury accommodation will elevate your experience to a whole new level of comfort and style. So, book your stay with us and make unforgettable memories in the lush forests of Rushaga.
When planning your luxury gorilla safari to Rushaga, it’s essential to consider the mode of transportation that will give you maximum comfort during your journey. At Trek Africa Expeditions, we recommend traveling in 4×4 Land Cruisers, which provide a smooth and comfortable ride on the sometimes bumpy roads to Rushaga. Additionally, for those looking to cut down on travel time, flying to Kisoro Airstrip is a great option. This shortens the long 8-9 hour drive from Entebbe/Kampala to just a 2-hour drive from Kisoro to your luxury lodge in Rushaga.
Gorilla trekking in Rushaga requires proper planning, including what to wear for a comfortable and safe experience. It is important to pack the right gear, such as a long-armed sweater, waterproof hiking boots, and a raincoat. Additionally, you should avoid wearing very bright or black and blue colors, as they may attract Tsetse flies or scare away the gorillas. Instead, neutral colors are recommended. You should also bring a mosquito repellent, sunscreen, binoculars, and gardening gloves to ensure a successful and enjoyable trek. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture memories of the once-in-a-lifetime experience, but remember to keep the flash off to avoid disturbing the gorillas.
If you’re planning a gorilla trekking adventure in Rushaga, there are two options to get there: by air or by road.
By Air: The fastest and least tiring way to get to Rushaga is by air. Aero Link, a domestic airline, offers both scheduled and chartered flights to Kisoro Airstrip, which is the closest airstrip to Rushaga. While there are no direct flights to Rushaga, you can be dropped off at Kisoro and picked up by a professional guide who will take you to your lodge. The drive from Kisoro to a nearby lodge in Rushaga is about 2 hours. Passengers should check in 90 minutes before their scheduled departure time, and note that the baggage allowance is 15 kilograms per person. Excess baggage is charged at $3 per kilogram. Private charters are also available for those with different timing requirements and routing needs. If you’re traveling with infants below 2 years old, they can travel for free, while children above 12 years old are carried at 70% of the adult fare.
By Road: Rushaga can also be accessed through the main highway road from Entebbe/Kampala, which takes approximately 8-9 hours to drive. The road passes through Kabale town before reaching Rushaga. Additionally, the park can be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda, which takes about 4-5 hours to drive. Regardless of which option you choose, getting to Rushaga is worth it for the unforgettable gorilla trekking experience.
Rushaga in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a year-round destination for gorilla trekking, but it’s important to keep in mind that it’s a tropical rainforest and can receive rain at any time. The ideal time to go gorilla trekking is during the months of June to August and December to February, when the forest experiences the lowest rainfall and is less slippery. However, if you plan to visit during March to May or November, when there is higher rainfall, you can take advantage of discounted accommodations at some lodges.