Trek with mountain gorillas in Ruhija sector – Ruhija sector is the Eastern Gorilla tracking region of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, is one of the four sectors of Bwindi National Park where the mighty Mountain Gorillas live. The sector complements the other three sectors of Buhoma in the North, Rushaga and Nkuringo in the South, which together make up the mighty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Ruhija sector is a home to four famous habituated Mountain Gorilla families of Mukiza, Bitukura, Kyaguliro and Oruzogo Gorilla families which offers great tracking experience to travellers. Those who have trekked mountain Gorillas in Ruhija sector testify that it is the most interesting sector for Mountain Gorilla tracking. Like in other Gorilla groups, each Gorilla family is open to eight visitors daily hence 32 Gorilla permits available every day.
Besides Gorilla tracking, Ruhija sector is good for nature/forest walks. These are usually done in the early mornings and evening starting from different points. A forest walk takes travellers to enjoy the peaceful, calm natural environment as well as a high chance of meeting other animals such as Baboons, monkeys and Forest pigs which make your safari more enjoyable.
Bird watching is another activity you should not miss out of your Gorilla safari to Ruhija. Bird watching is well done during the forest walks and travellers enjoy the sweet singing of bird species up in the trees. Expect to see birds like African emerald cuckoo, White tailed blue flycatcher, Short tailed warbler, Yellow eyed black flycatcher, Kivu ground thrush, Africa blue flycatcher, Black bee eater, Yellow eyed black flycatcher and garners warbler. Binoculars are highly recommended for closer views of birds even those at afar distance.
Also, endeavour to visit Batwa and Bakiga community villages to learn more about local traditions, norms and cultures. Experienced local guides will walk you through banana plantations, and other gardens, which make it more interesting, lead the community trails. On reaching the local people, travellers are allowed to take part in local activities such as doffing, preparing local food and other house works that are part of the community. Traditional dances, songs and poems are performed as a way of welcoming travellers to the community.
Regarding access, Ruhija sector is easily accessed from Kabale district. The distance is roughly 26 kilometres off Kabale-Kisoro highway taking roughly 1 hours’ drive from Kabale. Those who are using public transport are advised to hire private cars since no buses drive direct to Ruhija. The strenuous hike to Ruhija sector require travellers to be physically fits and highly determined but the experience is life changing and memorable.
If you are tracking Mountain Gorillas in Ruhija sector, you are assured of excellent food and sleeping services. Luxury, midrange and budget lodges have been established in Ruhija to ensure travellers comfort and safety in this region. The popular lodges in Ruhija include Four Gorillas Lodge, Ruhija Safari Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Bakiga Lodge and Broadbill Forest Camp among others. However, travellers are reminded of the difference in lodge prices depending on the quality of the service and the status of the lodge.
Conclusively, Ruhija region is an exceptional sector to visit on your Uganda Gorilla safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Trek Mountain Gorillas, do nature forest walks, Bird watching birds visit local communities in Ruhija sector all rewarding you with a memorable life changing experience in Uganda. Great Adventure Safaris helps you trek with mountain gorillas in ruhija sector with guaranteed gorilla permits.