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Why trek gorillas in Rushaga Bwindi?

Why trek gorillas in Rushaga Bwindi?

Why trek gorillas in Rushaga Bwindi?

Why trek gorillas in Rushaga Bwindi?: Bwindi is one of the most visited national parks in the country located in the southwestern part of the country. The country has the highest number of mountain gorillas which has attracted thousands of travelers to the park who want to encounter animals said to be having more than 98% human DNA. The national park has been dived into 4 regions where gorilla trekking activities are done and these are Nkuringo, Rushaga, Ruhija, and Buhoma. Rushaga sector is one of the most visited regions and in this article, we are going to look at why travelers like it and a reason you should trek gorillas in that region.

Rushaga sector is located in the southern sector of Bwindi gorilla park in Kisoro district. The region is one of the most favorite regions to visit when intending to visit Bwindi national park for gorilla trekking activities. This is because the sector has the highest number of mountain gorilla families, the highest number of permits, and can be easily accessed compared to other trekking regions. Below are the reasons as to why you should trek gorillas in Bwindi.

Why trek gorillas in Rushaga Bwindi?

Rushaga sector has the highest number of gorilla families

One of the reasons as to why you need to trek gorillas in Rushaga Bwindi is that you got a variety of mountain gorilla families to trek. The sector or region has the highest number of mountain gorilla families that have been habituated for tourism purposes. Rushaga sector has 7 mountain gorilla families that have been habituated for trekking purposes and these include Bweza, Nshongi, Busingye, Mishaya, Mucunguzi, Rwigi, and Kahungye.

There are high chances of getting permits in Rushaga

The other reason you should trek gorillas in Rushaga Bwindi is that there are plenty of gorilla permits compared to other trekking sectors. With so many gorilla permits, it’s very rare to book a permit for Rushaga and fail to get one the fact that the sector has 7 mountain gorilla families open for trekking which implies 52 gorilla trekking permits and 1 gorilla family open for habituation implies 8 habituation permits. Travelers intending to visit Rushaga sector don’t have to rush booking the gorilla permits because they will always be available.

Rushaga sector is a centre of gorilla habituation activities

Gorilla habituation experience is another reason as to why you should trek gorillas in Rushaga Bwindi. The sector is one of two where mountain gorilla habituation an activity that enables travelers to be with mountain gorillas and make them used to human presence for four hours is done. Bikingi is the mountain gorilla family that has been kept purposely for gorilla habituation in Rushaga sector to enable travelers to be with mountain gorillas for more than one hour. The gorilla group can be trekked by a maximum of 4 trekkers that are accompanied by researchers and conservationists.

Rushaga can be easily accessed

Travelers need to visit Rushaga sector because the sector is one of those that can be easily accessed when using road transport most especially from Kigali. The region can be easily accessed from Kigali for the journey takes 4-5 hours when you use Cyanika border in Kisoro to cross to Uganda. Rushaga is also the nearest sector to visit from Kisoro town with the journey covering a distance of 31km.

A single room at Mutanda Lake Resort

A single room at Mutanda Lake Resort

Rushaga sector has a variety of accommodation facilities

Having a variety of accommodation facilities where travelers can stay is another reason as to why you need to trek the gorilla in Rushaga region. Rushaga region has the highest number of accommodation facilities in Bwindi where travelers can spend a night or more while on a safari. These accommodation facilities do range from budget to mid-range to luxury options and they include Gorilla Hills Eco-Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Wagtail Eco Safari Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Bwindi Jungle Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, Nsongi Camp, Rushaga Gorilla Resort, Mutanda Lake Resort, Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge.

Rushaga sector can be trekked at any time of the year

Travelers can trek gorillas in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi at any time of the year but there are months that are better than the rest. The dry months that occur from June to September and December to February are the best to visit Rushaga sector for they are characterized by little or no rainfall. The trekking trails are dry, vegetation is thin and short giving clear views of the mountain gorillas, photography is good and the roads leading to the park are in good condition.

Travelers most especially budget ones can visit the Rushaga region in the rainy season of March to May and October to November to enjoy the discounts on accommodation facilities because the lodge owners lower the prices to attract a few tourists in the park. The rainy season is however characterized by little or no rainfall that makes the trekking trails muddy and slippery, the vegetation is thick and tall giving unclear views of animals, photography is not clear and the roads leading to the park are in poor conditions.

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