Rushaga Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

Rushaga Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi …

Rushaga Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in 2016.

What is the Best Spot in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorilla Trekking? The answer – Rushaga – Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and not only for Gorilla Trekking but for the Gorilla Habituation Experience of 04 hours with the Mountain Gorillas. Birding, Hiking, Village Visits and Cultural interactive experiences including hands-on craft-making.

Rushaga has the most Gorilla Families along with nearby Nkuringo that you can track in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  The southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is also one of the most scenic areas of the park, has great lodging in and around the South of Bwindi Forest and lots of things to do and see.

2016 hold a lot of promise for the South of Bwindi Forest, in particular for Rushaga and also for Nkuringo. More and more Tour Operators, Visitors and Tourists are also eyeing the Rushaga and Nkuringo areas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Some even state that the Rushaga – Nkuringo will overtake the popular and original gorilla tracking area in Uganda – Buhoma.


Rushaga Best area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest:

The Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was the first spot for gorilla treks in Uganda.  Rushaga and Nkuringo came along years later, however most habituated for gorilla trekking groups are now located in the South of Bwindi Forest.

Add on top of that two other gorilla families being habituated presently in the Rushaga area and the South Bwindi areas are the place to come to for Gorilla Trekking.

Gorilla Trekking is for many the experience of  a lifetime and Rushaga is the best place for a gorilla trek with more permits for trekking than any other area in Bwindi Forest.


Gorilla Habituation Experience in the Rushaga Area:

There are two groups being habituated in the Rushaga area and you can join the researchers, trackers, and others in spending four hours with a gorilla family, add the hike to the group and back out again and you have a full-day activity that will stay with you for a long time to come.

Permits are 1,500 usd and the number of permits is limited to 4 permits for a group of gorillas being habituated in the Rushaga area of the park.

It takes a bit more planning in regards to when to do the activity because of limited permits available.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience is not to be missed in 2016, available only in Uganda and only in the Rushaga area of the park.


Rushaga – Nkuringo – Easy Access from Rwanda:

It is a 10 hour journey from Entebbe Airport in Uganda to the Rushaga area of Bwindi Forest.  What most do not realize that it is only a 3-hour drive from Kigali airport to the Rushaga Area.

Our Combined Rwanda – Uganda Safaris have become more popular where visitors track Mountain Gorillas in both Rwanda and Uganda along with other Things to do and see in both countries.

When you access Uganda to visit the Rushaga area of Bwindi Forest you can take advantage of the East African Visa which allows you access to both countries plus Kenya.

Rushaga – easy access from Kigali Rwanda – another reason to visit Rushaga.


Fly-In Gorilla Trekking Safaris:

The Rushaga area of Bwindi Forest can be easily accessed from Entebbe or Kampala by taking a flight to Kisoro – the flight is one of the more scenic ones in Uganda and includes views of the Virunga Volcanoes – Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mutanda.

The flight is 1 1/2 hours long and then it is a short drive to the Rushaga or Nkuringo area to your lodge that you have chosen for your Gorilla activity in the area.

The flight back to Entebbe is just as easy for connection of a flight back to your home-country or continue your safari with us to other places within Uganda.


Lodging in the Rushaga and Nkuringo Area:

The choices for lodging in the Rushaga – Nkuringo area have increased over the years with the exclusive Clouds Mountain Lodge topping the list. Other upmarket choices include Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge  and Chameleon Hill Lodge overlooking Lake Mutanda.

Moderate Choices include Gorilla Valley Lodge, and also rooms at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Mutanda Lake Resort.

Budget – Moderate Lodging is also available at the Travellers Rest Hotel in the town of Kisoro.

Other Budget options can be arranged in the town of Rubuguri which is near to Rushaga and Nkuringo.


Hiking Trails in and around the Rushaga Areas of Bwindi Forest:

Hiking Trails abound in South Bwindi Forest such as the Kapata Trail which is an easy 3 hour trail where you combine, nature, local history and culture.

The Kara Ridge Trail is moderate in difficulty where you have Panoramic Views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Rubuguri.  This trail takes in local culture, traditions including the original People of the Forest – the Batwa People.

The Six-Hour 360 degree trail is a bit more challenging – the views will make up for it as you can look into the Congo, Rwanda and surrounding Uganda.

There is also the Famous Trails through Bwindi Forest that either begin or end in Kisoro and include canoeing across Lake Mutanda.


Cultural Activities in the Rushaga – Nkuringo Areas:

 One activity not to miss is the Buniga Forest Walk with the Batwa Pygmies  who have lived in the area for over 500,000 years and were the original people of the Forest.
There are Village Walks, Home Visits – hands on Craft activities – the list is boundless.
Be sure to buy some locally made arts and crafts to take home.  It will benefit you and also the ones who made it and give income for their families.
If you are interested in more cultural activities, including dancing, drumming, jewelry making and like, let us know and we will facilitate your request.
The Buniga Forest Walk is a great way to get to know the Batwa People – the first People of the Forest… 🙂

Add – Ons to your Gorilla Trekking in Rushaga Area:

There are many places you can add-on to your Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rushaga both in Rwanda and in Uganda.
In Uganda, in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest you are near some of the Major Parks and Places that attract visitors from far and wide from places to relax and chill out like Bunyonyi to Volcano Climbing the Virungas in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
From the tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha to Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest – all are possibilities to add on to your Mountain Gorilla Trekking Expedition.
You can easily spend 10 days plus in this part of Uganda plus Rwanda and see and do things you cannot do elsewhere in East Africa.

Rushaga Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – is the perfect gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience location in Uganda. Easy access from Rwanda and of course from Uganda especially when you include other parks that cut long-drive times or fly…you will enjoy Rushaga.


If you would like to include Rushaga – Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in your safari with us – Please let us know.