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Ruhija region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is yet another gorilla trail head available for gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Ruhija gorilla permits are available daily for tourists and tour operators to book and trek ruhija gorillas of Uganda. For along time Ruhija gorilla permits have been the second to sell out after tourists fully book Buhoma gorilla permits. There many reasons why ruhija gorilla permits and safaris are popular among tourists and we will handle one by one in this article.

Understanding Ruhija gorilla permits and Ruhija gorilla region

Ruhija region is one of the four sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda. Out of 400 mountain gorillas in the whole if Bwindi, some are resident in Ruhija region. Ruhija region is located in Kabale district and is in the eastern part of the Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Ruhija gorilla families and Ruhija gorilla permits

Out of the thirteen habituated mountain gorilla permits, three of the found in Ruhija region. These habituated gorilla families are Bitukura gorilla group, Oruzogo gorilla group and Kyaguriro gorilla group. These three habituated mountain gorilla families are open daily for trekking. Twenty four gorilla permits from three habituated ruhija gorilla groups are available daily for booking ruhija gorilla safari holidays. Encounter Africa safaris has access to Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permit data base and can at all times check availability and book for you permits and holidays or safaris to see ruhija gorillas. Watching ruhija gorillas just like any other region of Bwindi is an awesome experience that one should endeavor to book and participate in. Seeing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is becoming very popular and its in Uganda among other thre mountain gorilla locations that one can book a gorilla trekking trip to have an experience of a lifetime.

Booking Ruhija gorilla permits and Ruhija gorilla trekking holidays

As earlier mentioned, one needs a gorilla permit to see or watch one of the few habituated and endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Gorilla permits in Uganda are now allocated depending on the region where some of these habituated mountain gorilla groups are found. If you want to trek gorillas in the east of the forest, then you will have to book gorilla permits for Ruhija which is the only region in the east of Bwindi. If you manage to secure Ruhija gorilla permits, you will have an opportunity to trek eith Bitukura gorilla group, Oruzogo gorilla family and or Kyaguriro gorilla group. Uganda Wildlife Authority is the custodian of all National Parks in Uganda including Bwindi impenetrable National Park and as such is in charge of issues out ruhija gorilla permits just like other gorilla permits of other regions. If you are interested in trekking mountain gorillas in Ruhija should contact Encounter Africa Safaris to check availability of permits for your specific date. Should we find that the specific permits on you date, we will book them for up to seven days until you make payment. Encounter Africa safaris is one of the few tour operators who have access to Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permit data base and we can check availability, book you gorilla permits and collect them from the head quarters of UWA in Kampala. We only do this when you book an all inclusive gorilla trip, trek or holiday with Encounter Africa Safaris.

Allocation of Ruhija gorilla families to tourists who book ruhija gorilla permits

Initially all those interested in trekking ruhija gorillas and all the other regions of Bwindi Impenetrable National park would book gorilla permits for specific gorilla families in each region. For example 8 gorilla permits would be available for the three habituated mountain gorilla groups of Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguriro but with time, this had to change and now gorilla families are allocated per region. We now have Ruhija gorilla permits, Buhoma gorilla permits, Nkuringo gorilla permits and Rushaga gorilla permits. When booking gorilla permits with Encounter Africa, one of our tour consultants will definitely let you know which region will be available. This said and done, gorilla family allocation is now done on ground at each trial head of Bwindi National Park. You will be allocated a gorilla family of your interest if requested. Basically gorilla family allocation depends on the physical fitness and individual interest of tourists. Endeavor to explain to your driver guide in advance so that he is aware. Many tourists prefer easier gorilla treks and while this is possible, it is not guaranteed as sometimes mountain gorillas filming can start moving fast and you have to follow them up.

Accessing Ruhija gorilla region

Ruhija gorilla region is one of the easiest part to access by road. Located in the eastern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Ruhija region is about 8-9 hours drive from the Capital kampala or Entebbe. The drive has some nice scenic views en route to enjoy. You get a chance to stop at the equator, local drum makers, rolling hills and sites of the ankole long horned cattle. Most of the road section is tarmacked so few bumpy sections. Ruhija is also popularly accessed from Kigali Rwanda and its through Katuna boarder that one can drive 5-6 hours from Kigali to Ruhija region of Bwindi. With the increament of Rwanda gorilla permits from USD750.00 to USD1500.00 per permit per trek, Rwanda tour operators and tourists are now aiming at trekking ruhija gorillas through Rwanda or Kigali Airport in order to reduce on the long drives. The only disadvantage with ruhija gorillas is that it does not have a nearby air strip compared to Kisoro and Kihihi. Plans are in pipeline to create one in Kabale so that daily flights can be operated to facilitate fly in safaris to this region. All those interested in flying to Bwindi and to Ruhija in particular have to land in Kisoro or Kihihi and then drive to Ruhija for their gorilla trekking trip.

Booking Ruhija Lodges and Ruhija gorilla holidays

There many lodges in Ruhija region that can be booked by those interested in trekking ruhija gorillas. Ruhija region in the eastern side of Bwindi impenetrable National Park has both Budget and mid range accommodation properties and lodges for your overnight stay. Encounter Africa safaris recommends the below lodges for your Ruhija gorilla trip. In the high budget category, please contact Broad Bill Forest Camp and Trekkers Taven. In the midrange category, we have Bakiga Lodge as well as Ruhija gorilla safari Lodge. Depending on your choice and budget, Encounter Africa safaris will tailor your ruhija holiday with requested lodges for an everlasting experience. Ruhija gorillas can also be trekked from Kabale. Lake bunyonyi has several lodges once can use just incase they prefer to stay closer to a water body than a forest. Among choices available at Lake Bunyonyi include Bird nest, Crater Bay cottages and Overland Camp Bunyonyi.

Why book Ruhija gorilla permits and Ruhija gorilla watching holidays with Encounter Africa

From the word go, Encounter Africa safaris positioned itself as the leading tour operator specializing in primate and gorilla tours in Uganda. There is no doubt that our website is . We check availability and book permits and gorilla trekking holidays on behalf of our clients at an affordable and competitive prices. Our expertise in organizing Uganda safaris is un compared and this can only be seen on trip advisor and safari bookings. For more details about Encounter Africa Safaris kindly visit our website on

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