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Are you planning a budget gorilla safari to Ruhija during low season, yes this is very possible with Eco Adventure Safaris? Low season months include April, May and November every year and during this time Uganda receives less or sometimes no tourists making many of the tourism services available and less crowds at the attractions hence many tourists tend to enjoy privacy during their safari in most of the Uganda national parks, activities and at attractions. Eco Adventure Safaris will also help you find best budget lodges where to stay in Ruhija sector during your budget gorilla safari to Ruhija during low season.
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 Planning a budget gorilla safari to Ruhija during low season
Booking your gorilla permits in advance for trekking in Ruhija sector
When planning a luxury gorilla trip to Ruhija during low season we recommend you book your gorilla permits atleast 3 to 4 month prior your gorilla safari date. Even though gorilla permits are always available during the low season we recommend you book in advance to avoid missing out on the last minute and inconveniences. 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.
Staying in budget accommodation in Ruhija
This is very important to consider planning a budget gorilla safari to Ruhija during low season, for you to have a great experience and comfort during your safari it is great to stay in luxury accommodations. Ruhija has many budget lodge options which include Broad Bill Tented Camp, Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Agandi ECO Lodge, Ruhija Campsite among others
Affordable and Comfortable travel to Ruhija
You should consider travelling in 4×4 this will Safari Van as a budget option to 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 your budget gorilla safari to Ruhija during low season
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 scheduled 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 at 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 your flight. It is also important to note that aero links baggage is 15kilograms per person and excess is charged at 3usd per kilo. There are also private charters available for clients 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 adult fare.
By Road: Ruhija can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which is approximately an 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.
Why book your budget gorilla safari to Ruhija during low season with us
Eco Adventure Safaris takes pride in customizing tailor-made safaris. It has a very diligent and trustworthy team. Your queries are answered within 20minutes by our team of professional tour consultants. These consultants will make 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 here about Planning a budget gorilla safari to Ruhija during low season