Organizing a gorilla trip to BuhomaJanuary 27, 2022
Organizing a gorilla trip to UgandaJanuary 27, 2022
Are you planning and interested in organizing a gorilla trip to Ruhija, yes it is possible with Eco Adventure Safaris. We have mastered the art making sure you secure the gorilla permits even if it tends to be hard especially during the high season during the months of June to September every year. During this time there are always many travelers interested in booking gorilla trekking in Bwindi and this makes the services and gorilla permits sell out making it had for travelers to do their treks in Ruhija forcing them to opt for other sectors in the park or even miss out on the planned date of their trek.
About Ruhija Sector
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. 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. This region also offers an opportunity for those staying in Buhoma to trek gorillas here especially in high season when Buhoma gorilla permits are sold out.
Important things to consider when organizing a gorilla trip to Ruhija
Booking your gorilla permits in advance for trekking in Ruhija sector
When organizing a gorilla trip to Ruhija 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. You need a gorilla permit to be allowed to trek mountain gorillas in Ruhija, this 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. Contact us here for more details on how to book gorilla permits for tracking in Ruhija in advance.
Where to stay in Ruhija
This is very important to consider when organizing a mountain gorilla trek to Ruhija, for you to have a great experience and comfort during your safari it is great to stay in luxury accommodations. Ruhija has few luxury lodge options which include Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge and Bakiga Lodge mid-range but offering luxury services as well, this thus forces many trekking Ruhija and interested in sleeping in luxury lodges to opt to stay in nearby lodges in Buhoma such as Bwindi Lodge, Gorilla Sanctuary Forest Camp, Bwindi Lodge, Mahogany springs 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 hour drive that you spend from Kihihi 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 the 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 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. Passengers are always required to check in 90minutes before the scheduled departure time on you flight. It is also important to note that aero links baggage is 15kilograms per person and an excess is charged at 3usd per kilo. There also private charters available for client’s that have different timing requirements and different routings too. You might also want to travel with your kids which are free for an infant below 2years old. Children above 12years are carried at 70% of the adults fare.
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 Buhoma. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 4-5 hours drive.
Best time to organize a gorilla trip to Ruhija
Ruhija is located in Bwindi impenetrable forest, the park is open for trekking all year round but it is also important to note that the forest is a tropical rain forest and can receive rain at any time. The best months to track gorillas include; June to August and December to February since they receive the lowest rainfall and the forest is less slippery. On the other hand, when you happen to travel during March to May and November there are chances of higher rainfall, you will be able to get discounts from some lodges for your accommodation.
Why book your mountain gorilla trek to Ruhija with Eco Adventure Safaris?
Eco Adventure Safaris is a local tour operator in Uganda, we take pride in customizing tailor made safaris. It has a very diligent and trust worthy team. Your queries are answered within 20minutes 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. There some Mountain Gorilla safari Package tours to Rushaga and these include; the 2 day Gorilla Fly in safari, the 3 day Gorilla Fly in safari, 4 Day Gorilla fly in safari, it all depends on your preference. Feel free to contact us about organizing a gorilla trip to Ruhija