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Ruhija is located in the Eastern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the sector is home of 4 Gorilla families that is Bitukura family, Mukiza family, Kyaguriro family and Oruzogo family and all are available for tracking, Is it possible to block all permits and trek Ruhija gorillas exclusively alone. The region stands at an elevation of over 2350 meters above sea level making it the coldest area in Bwindi. Gorilla trekking is the main activity in Ruhija, however it also offers excellent hiking opportunities and has charming trails for those interested in nature walks like the Rwamunyonyi peak.
Are you are you interested in trekking Mountain gorillas in ruhija sector of Bwindi exclusively alone and you are wondering if it is possible to block all permits in advance for this region, yes this is very possible with Eco Adventure Safaris. Trekking mountain gorillas exclusively alone will give you an opportunity to see mountain gorillas in ruhija, Bwindi forest privately that is a given travel group alone or as an individual. For you to block all permits and trek ruhija gorillas exclusively alone you can either pay 100%, 70% or 30% in advance the total of each permit. Each gorilla permit costs USD700 for Foreign non residents, USD600 for Foreign residents and 250,000 Uganda Shillings for East Africa Citizens and this gives an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi.
Important things to consider when planning to block all permits and trek ruhija gorillas exclusively alone
Booking and securing all the gorilla permits for ruhija in advance
Ruhija sector has 4 Gorilla groups open for trekking and with this there are 32 gorilla permits available for sell every day for trekking in this region. For you to trek ruhija gorillas exclusively alone you will need to block all these permits in advance so that no other tourists books in to trek in the same region. For you to block these permits you can either pay 100%, 70% or 30% in advance the total of each permit. Each gorilla permit costs USD700 for Foreign non residents, USD600 for Foreign residents and 250,000 Uganda Shillings for East Africa Citizens and this gives an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi. We recommend you book your gorilla permits atleast 3 to 4 month prior your gorilla safari date. This is because during high season permits sell out in advance on first come first serve basis. Contact us here for more details on how to book all gorilla permits for tracking in ruhija in advance.
Fully booking a given lodge in ruhija to stay in it exclusively alone
This is very important to consider when planning trek ruhija gorillas exclusively alone, for you to have a great experience and comfort during your private exclusive gorilla safari. Ruhija has few lodge options from which you can choose from and options. Luxury options include Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge, Bakiga Lodge and budget options include broad bill tented camp, Trekkers Tavern Cottages and Agandi Eco Lodge. You can as well opt to stay in the close sector Buhoma and trek gorillas in Ruhija here options include Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge and Silverback Lodge among others.
Comfortable travel to Ruhija
You should consider travelling in 4×4 Land cruisers this will give you comfort on the road to Ruhija. There is also an option of flying to Kihihi Airstrip which is close to Ruhija; this will help cut the long drive from Entebbe/Kampala which is normally 8-9 hours drives to only 1-2 hours drive that you spend from Kihihi Airstrip to your lodge in Ruhija.
What to wear during Gorilla Trekking in Ruhija
You might be probably wondering what to wear for your trek, below is a compiled list on what to wear;
- A long armed sweater since the park gets cold
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- Water proof hiking boots
- A hat and sun glasses depending on the weather though this is optional
- Cameras and long lasting batteries since photography are very important to keep your memories alive. Always remember to keep our flash off.
- A pair of Binoculars. This will help you to see the vast birds Bwindi impenetrable forest has among other primates
- Gardening Gloves; these will help you when you a holding onto trees are branches through the trek.
- A rain coat; Since Bwindi impenetrable forest is rainforest, the rain is unpredictable so to be on a safer side, you will be required to carry along a coat.
- A mosquito Repellent; since it is a forest, it has different dangerous insects so its advisable to carry it along or wear it
- A sun screen; Well this is optional but depending on the season, it might get too hot and you end up getting sun burns on your skin so to avoid that, you will need a sun screen.
- You should not wear very bright colors since this will charge or scare away the gorillas.
- Black and Blue colors are also not recommended since they attract Tsetse flies So I would recommend neutral colors.
How to get Ruhija Sector for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
By Air: You can get to Ruhija by air which is faster and less tiresome. Aero link is a domestic airline offering both schedule and charter flights to Kihihi Airstrip from where you connect to Ruhija. There is no direct flight to Ruhija but you can be dropped off to Kihihi Airstrip where you will be picked up by our professional guide and dropped at your lodge. The drive time from Kihihi to a nearby lodge is approximately 1 hour.
By Road: Ruhija can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will pass through Kabale town and proceed to Ruhija. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 4-5 hours drive.
What is the best time to trek Gorillas in Ruhija.
The best time to trek Gorillas in Ruhija is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this is makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of mountain gorillas and golden monkeys given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown.
Why book your exclusive private gorilla trekking in Ruhija with Eco Adventure Safari.
Eco Adventure Safaris takes pride in customizing tailor made safaris. It has a very diligent and trust worthy team. Your queries are answered within 20 minutes by our team of professional tour consultants. These consultants will make you a travel plan for you, answer to all your questions and make sure all your services are booked in advance for you to avoid inconveniences. We also have very knowledgeable safari guides depending on your language preferences. Feel free to contact us for exclusive gorilla trekking options to Ruhija.