Rushaga – Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Posted by on May 23, 2017

Rushaga has become the best area for Gorilla Treks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Rushaga – Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Easy Access from Rwanda – 3 hour Drive


Where is the Best Spot in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorilla Trekking?

The answer – Rushaga – Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Rushaga - Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Rushaga has the most Gorilla Families along with the nearby Nkuringo area 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. New Lodges have sprung up, given more choices in and around the South of Bwindi Forest and lots of things to do and see.

Is Rushaga – Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest? The Future, holds a lot of promise for the South of Bwindi Forest, in particular for Rushaga and for Nkuringo. More and more Tour Operators, Visitors and Tourists are also eyeing the RuTshaga 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.

The Main Reason as to why Rushaga is so popular is accessibity.  It is only a 3 hour drive from Kigali and permit prices are only 600 usd compared to Rwanda’s 1500 usd – for 1500 usd you get 4 hours with a gorilla family compared to 1 hour in Rwanda for the same price as in Rwanda – the choice is yours.


Track-Mountain-Gorillas-RwandaRushaga – 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, is 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-rushaga-smallThe Rushaga is the only area in Bwindi for the Gorilla Habituation Experience

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 for the Gorilla Habituation Experience 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 out on, available only in Uganda and only in the Rushaga area of the park at the same price as Rwanda’s 1 hour with a Gorilla Family.


fly-rwanda-trek-ugandaRushaga – 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. Fly into Rwanda and Trek Gorillas in Uganda.

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 plus home of the Gorilla Habituation Experience.


fly-in-gorila-trekkng-safarisFly-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 to the town of Kisoro from Entebbe 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.

Flights are with Aerolink Airlines,  which is a part of Kenya Airways.


picking-a-lodge-rushagaLodging 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.  There is also the newer Bwindi Jungle Lodge along Lake Mulehe.

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.


nature-walks-hiking-lake-bunyonyiHiking 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.


Buniga-Forest-WalkCultural 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.

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 and the only area for the Gorilla Habituation 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 like to include Rushaga – Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in your safari with us, please let us know.