What to do on your 4 days safari to Ruhija sector?
What to do on your 4 days safari to Ruhija sector? Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park has a lot of activities travelers can do on a 4 days safari in the park. Some of the activities include gorilla trekking, Batwa cultural experience, birding and nature walks as we shall explain to you below. Ruhija sector is part of the famous Bwindi impenetrable forest national park famous for harboring mountain gorillas. Ruhiha sector is home to gorilla families such as Orugozo gorilla family, Bitukura gorilla family, Kyaguriro gorilla family, and Mukiza gorilla family that are open for trekking at any time of the year. The 4 days safari in Ruhija sector will give you an opportunity to get used to the surroundings and most of the activities because you will be doing them at your own pace.
Activities to do in Ruhija on a 4 days safari
The following are to things to do on your 4 days safari to Ruhija sector;
Gorilla trekking in Ruhija
Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is one of the places to trek mountain gorillas in the world. The sector is home to over 4 habituated mountain gorilla families that are open for trekking at any time of the year. Mountain gorilla families in Ruhija sector are Bitukura gorilla family, Orugozo gorilla family, Kyaguriro gorilla family, and Mukiza gorilla family. Gorilla trekking in Ruhija needs one to have a valid gorilla trekking spermit from Uganda wildlife authority a body in charge of all national parkas in Uganda. You can book a permit directly from the Uganda wildlife authority or from a trusted tour operator like Africa Adventure vacations at a fee of $700 foreign non-residents, $600 foreign residents while East Africans park shs250,000.
Gorilla trekking in Ruhija sector begins in the morning at 8 with a briefing where a group of trekkers are taught about the rules and regulations of the trekking activity. After the briefing, the rangers pair trekkers into 8, and each group is given a ranger guide to lead them into the forest to search for these mountain gorillas. during the search for mountain gorillas, there are opportunities of seeing some of the park animals such as elephants, buffaloes, duikers, birds, and different tree species. after locating mountain gorillas, 1 hour is given to trekkers to be around mountain gorillas as they learn about their habits and take photos.
Batwa cultural experience in Ruhija
Batwa cultural experience is one of the most interesting things to do while on a 4 days safari in Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. The Batwa used to live in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park of southwestern Uganda before the government evicted them out of land to protect mountain gorillas that were going to extinction as well as the forests. The Batwa cultural experience is led by people from the Batwa who move you around the forest demonstrating for you how they used to live in the forest, gather fruits and hunt, hunt using bows and arrows, and how they used to use different plant species as medicine. They will entertain you through traditional dances and drama and will explain to you how they slowly adopted the way of living of other people outside the park. you will have a chance to see their way of dressing and you can also taste their local foods.
Birding in Ruhija sector
There are over 350 bird species in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park that means there are chances of seeing most of these birds in Ruhija sector. The best birding spot in Ruhija sector is Mubwindi swamp. Birding in ruhija sector is led by UWA guides who are well informed about different bird species and some of the birds likely to be seen in ruhija sector are Lagden’s Bush-shrike, Dusky Crimson-wing, Strange Weaver, Regal Sunbird, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Collared Apalis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Turaco, Wood Warbler, Handsome Francolin, Handsome Francolin, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Neumann’s Warbler, Blue-headed Sunbird, Turner’s Eremomela, Green-headed Sunbird, Evergreen Warbler, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Cassin’s Honeybird, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Cardinal Woodpecker, Grauer’s Warbler, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Common Bulbul, Compact Weaver, Coppery Sunbird, Dark-backed Weaver, Dusky Crested Flycatcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Stripe-breasted Tit, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Red-headed Malimbe, Fork-tailed Drongo, Great Blue Turaco, Grey Apalis, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Green Crombec, Grey-headed Sparrow, Crowned Hornbill, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Brown Woodland Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Montane Masked Apalis, Dusky Tit, Green Hylia, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Yellow-crested Helmet Shrike, Grey-throated Barbet, Tiny Sunbird, Green-throated Sunbird, Grey-backed/Green-backed Camaroptera, Rwenzori Nightjar, Grey-headed Negrofinch, White-breasted Negrofinch, and Honeyguide Greenbul among others.
Nature walks in the Ruhija sector
Ruhija sector is made up of tropical and subtropical forests with more than 324 tree species. The nature walks in Ruhija are led by a UWA guide who takes you around the forests showing you different tree species, water sources, swamps, birds, and animals such as monkeys, chimpanzees, forest elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, and duikers among others. The nature walk is done by children above 6 years of age and costs $30, foreign non-residents, $15 foreign residents while East Africans pay shs10,000.
Where to sleep on your 4 days safari to Ruhija sector?
Ruhija sector of Bwindi has a lot of accommodation facilities where one can stay during a safari depending on their budget. The accommodation facilities in Ruhija sector range from budget to mid-range to luxury options such as Gorilla Mist Camp, Cuckooland Tented Camp, Bakiga Lodge, Ruhija campsite, Broadbill Forest Camp, Ruhija Community Rest Camp, Ruhija Safari Lodge, Gift of nature lodge, Agadi Eco Lodge, and Trekkers Tavern among others.
What is the best time to visit Ruhija sector on your 4 days safari in Bwindi
Ruhija sector of Bwindi can be visited at any time of the year but the best time is the dry season when there is little or no rainfall. The dry season happens from June to September and December to February in the country. The advantage of visiting the Ruhija sector in the dry season is that you find the vegetation thin giving clear views of animals and better photography, the trails are less muddy and the roads leading to the sector are passable.
What to book with Africa Adventure Vacations?
Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by Uganda Tourism Board and a member of 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, birding, game drives, hiking, nature walks and community tours among others. Booking can be done at any time of the year.