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Why trek mountain gorillas of the Ruhija sector

Ruhija is one of the four gorilla trekking sectors in the eastern part which made up Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Why trek mountain gorillas of the Ruhija sector

Why trek mountain gorillas of the Ruhija sector? Ruhija is one of the four gorilla trekking sectors located in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park Uganda. Mountain gorillas are the key factor that attracts most of the travelers in this sector. The Bwindi impenetrable forest is made up of 4 sectors and Ruhija is among them others are Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south and in the north there is the Buhoma sector. Ruhija sector is home to four gorilla families which includes the Kyaguliro gorilla family with 7 members, the Bitukura gorilla family with 12 members, the Mukiza gorilla family with 13 members, and the oruzogo gorilla family with 15 members, they all open for tourism. It is the only sector in Bwindi with the gorilla family which is used for research.  The sector has 32 gorilla permits are available and each gorilla family is visited by only 8 people per day at the same time.

Trekking the mountain gorillas of the Ruhija sector is one of the most interesting adventure experiences like in other gorilla zones of Bwindi forest. Ruhija sector is already for 32 trekkers every day, as there are 32 gorilla permits available.

Apart from gorilla trekking, the Ruhija sector is also used for forest walks. On your gorilla safari in the Ruhija sector of Bwindi, Spare some time and participate in a forest walk. Where you get an opportunity to explore the forest and also enjoy the calm natural environment as well as encounter other wildlife animals such as duikers, forest pigs, butterflies, bats, reptiles, elephants, forest hogs, leopards, duikers, bats, and various monkey species.

Ruhija sector is among the best spot for birding, with over 23 endemic bird species to the park. Expect to see birds like black bee-eater,  Chapin’s Flycatcher, Dusky Twin Spot, short-tailed warbler, Western Green Tinkerbird, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, African emerald, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Africa Green Broadbill, Africa wood owl, Black-breasted Barbet, Handsome Francolin, strange weaver,  and among others.  Birders do not forget to carry a binocular for spotting every bird and our guide is experienced with everything about Bwindi forest so he will help you to explain and identify the names of birds.

Visit the Batwa and Bakiga community villages

you will get an opportunity to know more about their traditional forest life, culture, and norms. This activity is led by the Batwa people hiking deep into the forest while explaining to you their initial forest practices such as collecting honey, hunting, picking medicinal herbs. Then, you go back to their homes in the evening and entertain yourself with dances, songs, and storytelling are performed as a way of welcoming tourists in the community.

The possibility of seeing mountain gorillas in the Ruhija sector is 100%. Because there are four habituated gorilla families and 32 gorilla permits are available each day. Therefore, after obtaining, a gorilla permit expects to see the gorillas.

How to access the Ruhija sector.

Ruhija sector can be reached from the capital Kampala via Kabale town for about 8-9 hours’ drive. Tourists are recommended to use a 4×4 vehicle due to its muddy and bumpy.

You can access this sector from Kigali-Rwanda through Kabale for like 3-4 hours’ drive.

If you do not want to take long hours in the way, can use a flight but there are no direct flights to Ruhija. One can fly from Entebbe international airport to the Kihihi airstrip and then transport from here for just 2 hours to the Ruhija sector.

Lodges and Hotels in the Ruhija sector.

If you’re planning to do gorilla trekking in the Ruhija sector, do not worry about where to stay because this sector is surrounded by various safari lodges which offer high-quality services through excellent food and sleeping services. The lodges are range from luxury, mid-range to budget. These are some of them as briefly discussed below;

Agandi Eco lodge. It is among the most visited lodge by gorilla trekkers in the Ruhijja sector. It is informed of Ugandan-style accommodation which is constructed with local materials and art. They offer Wi-Fi, 2 self-contained units with a shower and toilets, a dining room, 1 campfire place for listening to music, listening, and discussing in the evening after gorilla trekking. Other activities to do after gorilla trekking are visiting the Batwa community, bird watching, guided nature walks, and so on.

Broadbill forest camp is positioned in the East near the Ruhija sector, for budget visitors. The broadbill offers 4 tents which are self-contained with single, double and twin. It has a restaurant and a bar with all types of drinks which are all ready to serve. Besides gorilla trekking, other activities to do while staying here are bird watching, guided nature walks, you can visit the Batwa community.

Bakiga Lodge is for mid range tourists looking for an adventure experience with beautiful views of the Bwindi forest. It offers 6 family cabins and two twin tents and they are all self-contained with en-suite bathrooms. The lodge offers Wi-Fi internet, flush toilets, showers, solar, and others.  other tourist activities to do while staying at Bakiga lodge are bird watching, guided nature walks, forest walks, participating in craft-making dancing, signing together with the Batwa people.

On your vacation, visit Uganda for a gorilla safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Ruhija sector is an exceptional sector to complete your dream of seeing Ugandan gorillas, you can do nature walks, visit the Batwa people, watching birds all give you an unforgettable time in your entire life. For more information about gorilla trekking in the Ruhija sector of Uganda, please contact Africa Adventure Vacations.

Reasons to book with Africa Adventure Vacations.

Traveling to a new place is so exciting and it is one of the greatest experiences one can ever encounter. You get a chance to encounter the food, culture, and natural resources of the area. Africa Adventure Vacations is the best tour operator that can help you experience all the amazing cultures in Africa plus the authentic wildlife. Africa Adventure Vacations can help you to save money and restless nights trying to look for where to go. We are experienced and well informed and passionate about what we do. Africa Adventure Vacations is locally raised and has got a business license. We are quick to respond to any kind of questions from our clients. We have got the best tour packages and pricing. Our company can afford the group size that you would like to come along with.