Rushaga Sector Of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Rushaga sector of bwindi impenetrable forest national park


Rushaga sector of Bwindi is among the four sectors that add up Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park. Rushaga region is situated in the Southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.


 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park accommodates over 400 mountain Gorillas which makes more than half of the total mountain gorilla population left worldwide, Rushaga sector of Bwindi offers the highest number of mountain gorillas from five different mountain gorilla families, not like other sectors of Bwindi offering three mountain gorilla families or less hence making Rushaga sector one of the best-done sectors in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for mountain gorilla trekking and the only sector where mountain gorilla habituation experience is done in Uganda. Mountain Gorilla families in the Rushaga sector include; Busingye gorilla family, the Bweza gorilla family, the Kungye gorilla family, the Nshongi gorilla family, and the Mishaya gorilla family.


Gorilla Trekking in Rushaga sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Rushaga sector of Bwindi accommodates the highest number of habituated mountain gorilla families compared to other sectors of Bwindi, Rushaga sector Bwindi offers 40 mountain gorilla trekking permits per day compared to other remaining three sectors. although, travelers are advised to kindly book their mountain gorilla trekking permits early enough, at least three months prior to their travel dates, tourists can easily suggest a particular mountain gorilla family that he or she would like to trek. therefore, tourists can choose a mountain gorilla family that matches their body fitness in order to avoid exhaustion since mountain gorilla trekking involves moving while searching for mountain gorilla family deep in the tropical forest, some travelers may wish to see more than one mountain gorilla family, it’s also possible. During your mountain gorilla trek, you will be escorted by the guides and the park rangers due to the fact that they know more about mountain gorillas like how gorillas are handled and they are well vast about the forest such as where these mountain gorillas are located in a particular hour because mountain gorillas move from place to place within the forest while searching for food. Each mountain Gorilla family in the Rushaga sector has a silverback leader that helps to determine each Gorilla movement each day and the daily activities within the family. As you trek mountain gorillas in the forest searching for the habituated mountain gorilla family, you may be able to spot a variety of bird species within the forest singing, colorful butterflies, black and white colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, other unique creatures, and the beautiful sceneries within this dense tropical forest.


Travelers should know there are only a total of eight mountain gorilla trekking permits which means that only (8) people are accepted to trek a particular mountain gorilla family and Uganda’s age limit for mountain gorilla trekking is just 15 years, with that view children below this age is not allowed to trek mountain gorillas as well as mountain gorilla habituation experience. In order for the traveler to go mountain gorilla trekking, every tourist needs a mountain gorilla trekking permit which costs $700 only.


Gorilla Habituation Experience in Rushaga sector 

Mountain Gorilla trekking is done in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi as well as gorilla habituation experience where tourists are permitted to spend more time with gorillas compared to the normal mountain gorilla trekking where tourists only spend an hour interacting with mountain gorillas. Therefore, with the gorilla habituation experience, tourists spend four hours interacting with the habituated mountain gorillas, and only a total of four people are accepted to spend time with that particular mountain gorilla family per day.


Currently, only two mountain gorilla families are under habituation in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, habituated mountain gorilla families include; Bikyingi, and Bushaho.  in other words, these mountain gorilla families are trained to get used to human presence in their natural environment. Mountain gorilla habituation experience permit goes for only $1500 per person.


How to access the Rushaga Sector of Bwindi 

Right from Entebbe or Kampala, you can travel via Mbarara, Kabale districts to the Rushaga sector which takes approximately 8-9 hours. travelers may choose to reach Rushaga by flight from Entebbe Airport to Kisoro Airstrip. Aerolink offers morning flights that are normally scheduled for this trip to Kisoro then you proceed to the Rushaga sector. 

Traveling to the Rushaga sector of Bwindi impenetrable offers tourists a chance of spotting the chained Volcano Mountains from a far distance such as mount Muhavura and Mount Gahinga. Rushaga also offers beautiful sceneries such as Lake Bunyonyi interlocking spur.


Rushaga sector offers a variety of tourism activities besides mountain gorilla trekking that attracts more tourists such as mountain biking, hiking, bird watching, and / nature walks, therefore all these activities allow tourists to view other unique creatures such as many bird species, colorful butterflies, mammal species such as chimpanzees, squirrels, black and white colobus monkeys, and fantastic waterfalls. Rushaga sector takes tourists for cultural experiences to the Batwa and Bakiga communities where travelers may be able to encounter different cultural activities within these communities.