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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda from Gatuna border, Gatuna town is a town in northern Rwanda, it is a border town that sits across from the town of Katuna, in neighboring Uganda. Gatuna border is the busiest border crossing in Rwanda. It handles most of Rwanda’s imports and exports since most imports and exports via the coast to and from Rwanda pass through Uganda. Due to increased commercial and tourist traffic, Gatuna is a fast-growing town. The border at Gatuna/Katuna is open 24 hours a day its location is about 80 kilometers, by road, north of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital and largest city. Gatuna boarder is about 3-4 hours’ drive to the Park headquarters of Bwindi impenetrable National Park.
Bwindi Forest National Park is located in the south western part of Uganda sharing border with Congo. It is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the world making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas as well as other activities. Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda sharing boarder with Congo, it is one of the only two national parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the world, it is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Forest National park is divided into different sections/sectors where you can do the Gorilla tracking experience namely Rushaga, Buhoma, and Ruhija and Nkuringo sector. You can spend your honeymoon, birthday, wedding anniversary and vacation in Bwindi impenetrable National Park from Gatuna Boarder.
What to do in Bwindi from Gatuna Boarder?
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda from Gatuna border
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is one of the best activities to do in the region, Gorilla tracking refers to moving in the forest to see/view a given habituated mountain gorilla family. Gorilla trackers/advanced team/rangers use many signs and methods to trace these gorillas before gorilla trekking takes place, the trackers wakeup very early every morning and go to the forest in search for these mountain gorillas. They use natural means to track them like clapping, making wild sounds. Once they find them, then they will communicate to the park headquarters and it’s then the guides after briefing the visitors on dos and don’ts, they will start to walk and trek in the forest as they are directed by the trackers. This gives you 99% chances of seeing the gorillas in their natural environment in Uganda.
The advantage of Gorilla Trekking in Ruhija sector Bwindi Forest National park is its terrain which is not too hilly and steep compared to Rushaga and Nkuringo in Bwindi Forest National Park. Ruhija sector has four Gorilla Families that is Bitukura, Oruzogo, Mukiza and Kyaguriro all families are open for Gorilla tracking however for you to secure a spot for trekking you will need to book in advance, the gorilla trekking permit costs USD700 per person for Non-Foreign Residents, USD600 for Foreign Residents and Shs.250, 000 for East African Citizens. The trekking permit only allows one hour of viewing of the gorillas though it is such a life time experience to encounter with the gorillas in Ruhija gorilla region of Bwindi
Batwa cultural experience
Cultural experience is one of the most interesting activities to do in Ruhija from Gatuna Boarder. Bwindi Forest National Park used to be inhabited by the Batwa people commonly referred to as the pygmies for many years until of recent when they were removed from the Bwindi Forest to the surrounding communities of Bwindi Forest National Park to ease mountain gorilla conservation and tourism. They will demonstrate how pygmies used to spend their time in the forest, where they used to stay, how they used to harvest wild honey as well as hunting. They will show off their dances and explain how they have managed to settle and enjoy normal life outside the forest. You can as well visit the rest of the community in the out skirts of the forest, the women groups that do crafts and sell food, the community schools and we encourage if you have any donation to support the children with clothes and scholastic materials. You will have a good time with the locals in Ruhija region of Bwindi
Birding in Bwindi
Most birding is done in Mubwindi swamp in Ruhija region, Bwindi Forest National Park is a home to various unique bird species including the Albertine Rift Endemic birds and it is a place to be for Bird watchers, Key bird species to spot on your birding tour in Bwindi National Park include Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dwarf Honeyguide, African Green Broadbill, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing. We do organize birding packages to Bwindi Forest National Park, with professional birding guides you are able to identify different birds.
Forest and Nature walks
Bwindi Forest National Park is made up of a tropical forest which is one of the oldest forests in the world existing for more of the past 250,000 years back; it has ancient tree species and some of them endemic to this forest. It is as well known to be impenetrable due to its thick canopy making nature walks enjoyable, on your nature walking safari in Bwindi Forest you will have a chance to learn about different tree species, spot different bird species as well have a chance to sight different animals including rare forest elephants if lucky, monkeys, baboons. The Mubwindi swamp walk and other walks to the streams and waterfalls is also activities in Bwindi.
Where to Stay during Gorilla Trekking in Uganda from Gatuna border.
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda from Gatuna border. Ruhija region has variety of accommodation places to stay based on your budget structure, with a budget, mid-range and luxury accommodations all available. For budget and camping Gorilla Mist Camp, Gift of Nature Lodge, Trekkers Tavern Cottages and Broadbill Tented Forest Camp while Mid-range accommodation we have Bakiga Lodge and Luxury accommodation we have Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge. Some travelers opt to stay in hotels/ lodges/camps in Buhoma region of Bwindi impenetrable national Park which is very close to Ruhija sector.
Why book Gorilla Trekking in Uganda from Gatuna border with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris is a local tour operator based in Uganda with its head offices in Entebbe. This company is run and owned by Ugandans. We specialize in life-changing experiences and sustainable tours and holidays to all East African countries. We are members of AUTO (Association of Uganda Tour Operators) and are registered by UTB (Uganda Tourism Board). We have a good and long working relationship with UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) making it easy to book your gorilla permits and all activities. We are as well highly reviewed on trip advisor. Contact us here about booking Gorilla Trekking in Uganda from Gatuna border