One of the four mountain gorilla trekking regions in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is Rushaga. Today we will look at how many Rushaga gorilla permits are available for gorilla trekking safaris daily, how manh habituated mountain gorillas do reside in this side of the impenetrable bwindi forest, how to book Rushaga gorilla permits, and why rushaga region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now popular compared to other regions such as Buhoma, Rushija and Nkuringo.
About Ruhjia region and Rushija gorilla permits
Ruhija gorilla region for gorilla trekking as well as gorilla habituation experience is located in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Par. It is located and found in Kisoro district in the southern part of Uganda. Rushaga gorilla region is easly accessed through Rwanda via Chanika boarder and the drive from Rwanda-Uganda boarder is about 2-3 hours making it easier to to access through Kigali Airport compared to when one used Entebbe International Airport. People interested in booking Rushaga gorilla permits have a chance to reduce on the drive time if Kigali Airport is used. Rushaga region can also be easily accessed by the daily flights which land in Kosoro airstrip. Scheduled and chartered flights from Entebbe to Kisoro Airstrip daily and only in the morning due to weather and altitude of the area. Most of these flights to Rushaga region of Bwindi take 2-3 hours making it easier to access these region which is home to most mountain gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Rushaga gorilla groups and Rushaga gorilla permits
Rushaga region in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has the highest number of habituated mountain gorilla groups for gorilla trekking and one for gorilla habituation experience. Fiver habituated mountain gorillas reside in these region resulting into fourty (40) rushaga gorilla permits that are available for gorilla treks daily. Among these mountain gorilla families available for gorilla safaris and holidays include, Nshongi, Mishaya, Busingye, Bweza and Kahungye. This therefore means that Rushaga region of gorilla trekking attracts more tourists interested in gorilla trekking compared to other regions of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Why Rushaga gorilla permits were not popular before
Rushaga mountain gorilla trekking area and Rushaga gorilla trekking permits never used to be popular until of recent when we are seeing many tourists and tour operators opting to book rushaga gorilla permits compared to other regions such as Buhoma, Nkuringo and Rushija. One of the major reason as to why Rushaga gorilla permits and Rushaga region as a whole were not popular was because of the distance involved from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala to the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It takes 9-10 hours to drive from Entebbe to Rushaga region of Bwindi. This therefore meant that Rushaga would not compete with other regions like Ruhija in the east and Buhoma in the north. The second reason why Rushaga gorilla treks were not popular was because of the bad and poor roads to kisoro and rushaga as a whole. Roads were normally in bad conditions making it hard for tour operators and tourists to commute in this route to Kisoro and Rushaga. The other reason which used to hinder tourists and tour operators from booking rushaga gorilla permits was that “it was believed that rushaga gorilla families were hard to trek partly because of terrain as well as mountain gorillas of this region being in hilly areas that needed extra energy.
Reasons why Rushaga gorilla permits and regions are now popular
Accessing Rushaga region in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now very easy in whichever way you look at it. The road from Entebbe to Kisoro is fully tarmacked making it easy to drive to this part of the country. Even the murram road from Muko to Rushaga is normally maintained making it easy to access rushaga gorilla region for gorilla trekking. Being closer to Uganda-Rwanda chanika boarder, Rushaga is now one of the easiest region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to be accessed by anyone who flies in through Kigali Airport. One can fly in through Kigali airport and drives approximately 2 hours to Chanika boarder and then from Chanika boarder to Rushaga is another 2-3 hours making it easier to access. One of the most import reason why rushaga gorilla permits have become popular of recent is the untimely increase in the price of Rwanda mountain gorilla permit price from USD750.00 to USD1500.00 per permit per trek. With the increase of Rwanda gorilla trekking permit price for Volcanoes National Park left many people who used to trek Rwanda mountain gorillas with no option but to opt for Rushaga, Rushija and Nkuringo in Uganda. The reason why tourists used to book Rwanda mountain gorilla permits was because of the few hours involved in accessing volcanoes National Park. But due to the price of Rwanda gorilla permits at USD1500 per person per trek, those people who still don’t like driving long distance are now looking at trekking Uganda gorillas through Kigali International Airport and Rushaga being one of the areas close to Rwanda stood to benefit from this.
It also means that because many people are now looking at Uganda as the most feasible destination for gorilla trekking, even Rwanda tour operators are now selling Uganda since their country is nolonger affordable and the nearest place to Rwanda being Rushaga, there is now stiff competition for Rushaga gorilla permits and Rushaga gorilla treks making Rushaga one of the most sought after region for gorilla trekking. The introduction of the joint East Africa Tourist visa has also played well in favor of Rushaga gorillas. With only USD100 per visa, tourists can now move from Rwanda to Uganda and Rwanda freely. This east African tourist visa can be obtained at any entry point in countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. Thus both Uganda and Rwanda tour operator are now operating Rushaga gorilla safaris from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and then to Kigali to make it easier for clients. Encounter Africa safaris is one of the few companies that have professionally and successfully organized Uganda gorilla safaris via Kigali and our clients reviews on trip advisor as well as safari bookings speak volumes.
The other reason making Rushaga gorilla permits and Rushaga gorilla safari tours attractive to tourists and tour operators both from Rwanda and Uganda is that its only in southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that one can enjoy gorilla habituation experience holidays. The introduction of gorilla habituation experience which gives tourists up to four hours with mountain gorillas under habituation makes Rushaga and Nkuringo more attractive than other regions where this is not offered. Besides the above, tourists now find it more affordable and reasonable to come to Uganda even through Rwanda to do gorilla habituation experience at USD1500 per person for four hours than booking Rwanda gorilla treks in volcanoes national park at USD1500.00 for one hour. The above reason can thus sum up some of the few reasons that are making Rushaga gorilla treks and Rushaga gorilla trekking permits more attractive to individual tourists and tour operators. Contact Encounter Africa safaris for your Rushaga gorilla safari holiday anytime.
Booking Rushaga gorilla permits to track Rushaga Bwindi gorillas
Just like any other mountain gorilla permits, Rushaga gorilla permits are booked and reserved through Uganda Wildlife Authority park headquarters in Kampala. As earlier noted, 40 Rushaga gorilla permits are available for bwindi gorilla treks daily. All you need to do is to contact Encounter Africa with dates you intend to trek rushaga gorillas, we will check availability through our online gorilla permit facility provided to us by Uganda wildlife authority and we advise you accordingly. Once you are okay with the dates, we will book them for you and invoice you for your permit. We do book gorilla permits for only those who book all inclusive tours and Uganda Safari holiday with us to include, accommodation and transport to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Lodges to consider when you book Rushaga gorilla permits and safaris
Because of the so many Rushaga gorilla permits available for gorilla trekking safaris and tours daily, many investors have moved to invest in Lodges around Rushaga, Kisoro and Lake Mutanda from where individuals can stay to trek Rushaga gorillas. Rushaga region has both Budget, Mid Range as well as Luxury Lodges for you to choose from. Those looking for Luxury Rushaga gorilla lodges should contact Encounter Africa Safaris to check availability with Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge or Chameleone hill lodge. For Mid Range, there so many Lodges that Include Rushaga Gorilla Cam, and Rushaga Haven Lodge.
We welcome all our our clients to read the above information in order make a right decision before booking Rushaga gorilla treks and gorilla trekking permits to see Rushaga gorillas in the near future. Encounter Africa Safaris remains you most trusted tour operator in Uganda and Beyond and will be glad to organize and book for you gorilla safari tours and holidays to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and other destinations in Uganda and Rwanda.