Rushaga gorilla habituation safari from Kigali, Rushaga region is situated within Bwindi impenetrable National Park, and is one of the four gorilla trekking sectors. Rushaga is the only sector with gorilla habituation experience and in this experience tourists visit semi-habituated gorilla family called Bikingi with 14 members. The semi-habituated gorillas can sometimes hide or behave in a way that is unusual, so some times the process can be stopped due to the guide’s advice. With company of the researchers and ranger guides, you start your gorilla habituation experience and the four hours start to count when you meet fresh trails of the gorillas like fresh broken tree branches, droppings, footsteps, it is like this because it is a process showing how the mountain gorillas are habituated, so you are going through the process.
We always advise our clients to spend a day before the actual experience at a place close to Rushaga region in south Bwindi as gorilla habituation experience starts very early in the morning. And you join other tourists, researchers and rangers to start your gorilla habituation experience. You will be let into the forest to search for the mountain gorillas that are still under habituation, the reason why you visit semi-habituated gorillas is that this is an experience and you must enjoy the process of making mountain gorillas used to human presence. The four hours start to count when you meet the fresh trails of mountain gorillas as they move they break tree branches, make some noise, and leave dropping, the researchers start to give you an informative talk with all the explanations as you count the hours, for your information unlike normal trekking where you start counting the one hour after meeting the mountain gorillas, with gorilla habituation experience, once you meet the fresh trails of the mountain gorillas the counting and the process starts.
Rushaga sector can easily be accessed from Kigali, and it is the shortest distance with approximately 4-5 drive hours, you can easily land in Kigali and transfer to Rushaga sector of Bwindi impenetrable National Park for your gorilla habituation experience that taking long drive on road from Kampala/Entebbe where you need approximately 8-9 hours’ drive to get to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. SO for those tourists that are not interested in long drives, you can take the idea of landing in Kigali and enjoy the four hours gorilla habituation experience.
Rushaga gorilla habituation safari form Kigali gives you an opportunity to experience two countries simultaneously as you n enjoy the city tours in Kigali and mountain gorillas in Uganda or you can decide to enjoy normal trekking in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and then cross over to Uganda for the habituation experience.
Rwanda doesn’t offer gorilla habituation experience but the cost of a normal one hour gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s volcanoes national park is $1500 per person per trek but in Uganda at the same cost, you get four hours of experience with gorilla habituation experience, so it is always better to have value for money and have what is worth your payment, this means that Uganda is pocket friendly and it is now possible to land in Kigali-Rwanda then trek mountain gorillas in Uganda where the costs are relatively cheaper.
We only offer all inclusive gorilla habituation packages with habituation permits, transportation, accommodation and meals and guiding services. We use 4×4 safari vans for budget and 4×4 land cruisers for mid-range and luxury safaris depending on the clients’ interests
Booking your Rushaga gorilla habituation safari from Kigali with Great Adventure Safaris makes it easy and simple for tourists visiting Uganda and Rwanda, all you need is to send us the dates, month and year when you would like to do the gorilla habituation experience, we will go ahead and check for availability of the habituation permits and all the services, once we get availability we will send you an invoice to make full payment for the habituation permits and then we pay for them to confirm your slots on this safari as permits are the priorities of the safari. You can only guarantee your gorilla habituation safari after securing the habituation permits, tourists are therefore advised to book there permits in advance at least 3-4 months before the actual date of experience. Note that gorilla habituation permits are few and on a high demand so you will need an early booking and secure your slot. Contact us now for your gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga region.