Bakiga Lodge Ruhija sector of Bwindi – Gorilla families in Ruhija region
Bakiga lodge Ruhija sector – The Ruhija sector is situated in the Eastern side of Bwindi Impenetrable national park and it harbors four gorilla families namely; the Bitukura Gorilla family, Oruzogo family, Mukiza family and Kyaguriro family. Though the Kyaguriro family was habituated, its main purpose was for research and only 6 visitors are allowed to visit this group per day but with prior permission from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
How to get to Ruhija sector
Ruhija is situated between Buhoma sector to the north and Kibale forest National Park to the east, making it easily accessed from parts of north and south and connects 218km to Queen Elizabeth national park.
By road, Ruhija can be accessed from Entebbe/ Kampala via Kabale or from Kampala via Rukungiri, Kihihi, and Butogota then to Ruhija. A 4×4 vehicle is required for the journey due to the bumpy and muddy nature of roads.
By air, there is no direct flight to Ruhija but one can fly to kihihi airstrip, and then drive two hours get to Ruhija.
Bakiga Lodge Ruhija sector
This is a luxury safari lodge, situated in the Ruhija sector of Bwindi national park, just a few minutes’ drive from the Gorilla Trekking meeting point.
Its 8 hours and 42 minutes (459.5 km) via Masaka Road and Kabale – Mbarara Road.
Built on top of a beautiful valley overlooking Bwindi forest, Bakiga lodge is a wonderful accommodation for visitors looking for a real African experience with great views of Bwindi impenetrable forest. It’s an Eco Lodge because the timber used to construct this Lodge was sourced locally in Ruhija, from sources that are environmentally friendly. The lodge also offers Wi-Fi internet to all guests for communication convenience.
This is a non-profit safari lodge, where part of the Bakiga Community Project is a registered NGO in Uganda and a registered charity in the UK.
The Lodge offers 6 family Cabins and 2 twin tents, all self-contained with en-suite bathrooms and spectacular views.
Relax in comfort around the fire place or at the bar after your Gorilla Trek or bird watching tour.
Impact of the lodge on the environment:
The lodge collects all its water from rain harvesting tanks built at the facility. This water is used for client showers, flushing toilets, washing beddings, cooking and cleaning the lodge.
The lodge currently has 9 water harvesting tanks. All flush toilets and showers are connected to septic tanks, to avoid polluting the underground aquifers.
Electricity at the lodge is generated by solar panels installed on the roof of the lodge.
The steep grounds at the lodge have been terraced and planted to help avoid soil erosion.
Activities to do
.Bird watching tours
.Guided hikes in the Forest
.Guided walks to the famous Mubwindi Swamp in Bwindi Forest
.Relax and enjoy the breathtaking views from the lodge
.Enjoy performances of dance and song by local children
.Participate in community based activities such as; dancing, crafts making, singing and paying a visit to the trading center