Gorilla permits for the Ruhija sector in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
Are you looking for gorilla permits for Ruhija sector in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park? Trekking mountain gorillas in Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be done at any time of the year. The sector is one of the 4 in the park and is found on the eastern side of the park near Buhoma sector. 4 mountain gorilla families are available for trekking in Ruhija sector each day and to trek any of these you need to secure a permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Ruhija sector can be accessed from any direction let it be Kampala/Entebbe or Rwanda and reaching the sector takes a single day because by road transport from Entebbe/Kampala it’s 8-9 hours, Kigali its 4-5 hours, and by air its 2 hours. If you are interested in visiting Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, you can contact Africa adventure vacations limited to organize for you a full safari
Gorilla families in the Ruhija sector
Ruhija sector is home to some of the 19 habituated gorilla families that are found in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. The sector alone is a home to 4 fully habituated gorilla families with each gorilla family led by a dominant silverback. The gorilla families of Ruhija sector include Orugozo gorilla family, Bitukura gorilla family Kyaguriro gorilla family, and Mukiza gorilla family. To trek any of the 4 mountain gorillas in Ruhija sector, you will need to have a valid gorilla trekking permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority which we do advise you to book in advance of 3-4 months in order to avoid disappointments.
Gorilla trekking permits in the Ruhija sector
With 4 habituated mountain gorilla families, the Ruhija sector has 32 gorilla trekking permits every day available for tourists to book and trek these apes. The permits are 32 simply because only 8 people are allowed to trek a single mountain gorilla family on a daily basis. The permits for Ruhija sector can only be sold to people above the age of 15 years old.
How to book a permit for Ruhija sector and spend 1 hour with mountain gorillas?
Africa adventure vacations is a licensed tour company in Uganda that helps travelers with booking gorilla trekking permits before they come into the country. While in the process of booking a gorilla permit, we do ask a client the date he or she is likely to travel and once we have got the dates, we do use them to check for availability of the permits with the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Once the permits for the Ruhija sector are available on the given dates, we do send you an email containing ways of payments and once you have paid and we have received the money, we go ahead and book you a permit after there send a scanned copy to you for your records and confirmation. You can also book for yourself a gorilla permit by contacting Uganda Wildlife Authority
How much is a single gorilla permit in the Ruhija sector?
A permit is a simple document that allows travelers to be around mountain gorillas for either 1 hour or 4 hours. There is only gorilla trekking in Ruhija sector and a single trekking permit goes for $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents, and shs250,000 for East African citizens. If you are planning to visit Ruhija in the dry season, we advise you to book your trekking permit in advance of 3-4 months to avoid disappointments since permits are sold out on a first come first serve basis.
Spending 1 hour with endangered mountain gorillas in the Ruhija sector
Ruhija sector is one of those places where a traveler can spend time with mountain gorillas only if they have valid documents. On the day of gorilla trekking in Ruhija, trekkers are expected to be at the briefing points very early in the morning in order to have a briefing from the park rangers. During the briefing, they are taught about the dos and don’ts of the gorilla trekking activity, grouped, and then given rangers to lead them into the jungle.
Searching through the different trails of the sector, the trekkers have opportunities of meeting different park animals such as elephants, duikers, forest hogs, buffaloes, monkeys, birds, and different plant species. After several hours of searching and finding mountain gorillas, the 1 hour starts counting and the trekkers are allowed to take photos, watch the mountain gorillas do daily activities like playing, hunting, nesting, and learning more about their habits.
Accommodation options on a gorilla safari in Ruhija sector
There are several accommodation facilities in and around Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park where tourists on a safari in this area can have a comfortable stay. These accommodation facilities do range from budget to mid-range to luxury options and they include Bakiga Lodge, Gorilla Hills Eco-Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Cuckooland Tented Camp, Ruhija Campsite, Mutanda Lake Resort, Broadbill Forest Camp, Ruhija Safari Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Gift of nature lodge, Agadi Eco Lodge, Karungi Camp, Ruhija Community Rest Camp, and Trekkers Tavern among others.
What is the most appropriate time to visit Ruhija sector?
Ruhija is open every day which means that tourists can visit this area at any time of the year. Although the sector can be visited at any time of the year, there are months that are better than the rest and these are the drier months. The drier months are the best for a visit in the Ruhija sector and these are June to September and December to February. During these dry months, the rainfall is little or not there at all, the vegetation in the park is thin, the trekking trails are dry and the roads leading to the park are passable.
Travelers can as well visit Ruhija sector for mountain gorilla trekking in the rainy season and they will have the benefits of huge discounts on accommodation facilities. The rainy months are October to November and March to May and are characterized by little or no rainfall, the vegetation is always thick giving unclear views of the park animals, the trekking trails are muddy and slippery and the roads leading to the park are impassable.
How to get to Ruhija sector of Bwindi
Travelers can get to Ruhija sector in just a single day. There are 2 ways of getting to the sector and the fastest one is air transport which is done by AeroLink Uganda and Fly Uganda. The flights start from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport and head out to Kihihi airstrip in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park taking only 2 hours. From the airstrip, a safari guide will transfer you to the park or to the lodge in a few minutes.
Travelers can also get to Ruhija sector in Bwindi in 8-9 hours by using Kampala/Entebbe – Masaka – Mbarara – Kabale road. After reaching Kabale, they will branch off to Ruhija taking a few hours. this journey is long but you will have breathtaking views of the countryside, meet local people, different physical features and much more. Those tourists that are in Kigali Rwanda can use Cyanika and Katuna birder to get to the Ruhija sector in just 4-5 hours.
What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?
Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla habituation, Chimpanzee trekking and habituation, birding, golden monkey trekking, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking gorilla permits for Ruhija sector in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be done at any time of the year.