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Rushaga is the Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Posted by on October 31, 2020

Rushaga has become the best area for Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – 10 Gorilla Families.

Rushaga – Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda


Rushaga is the Best Area for Gorilla Trekking – Where is the Best Spot in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorilla Trekking? The answer is that Rushaga is the Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It is the only area for the one-of-a-kind Gorilla Habituation Experience of four hours with the Mountain Gorillas. Add to that Birding, Hiking, such as the Waterfall Hike, Village Visits, and Cultural interactive experiences, including hands-on craft-making.

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 many things to do and see. (There is only one Luxury Lodge at present.)

Is Rushaga – Best Area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest? The Future holds a lot of promise for the South of Bwindi Forest, particularly for Rushaga and 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 famous and original gorilla tracking area in Uganda – Buhoma.

The Main Reason why Rushaga is so popular is accessibility.  It is only a 4-hour drive from Kigali and permits are only 600 USD (700 USD after July 1, 2020) compared to Rwanda’s 1500 USD – for 1500 USD in Rushaga, you get 4 hours with a gorilla family compared to 1 hour in Rwanda for the same price  – the choice is yours.


Rushaga – Best area for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest:

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

For many, Gorilla Trekking 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. Here you have a wide array of choices for length and toughness of trek.

The Rushaga area has a variety of terrain. There is a trail that will be just right for your level of fitness.

Sedan Chairs are available with porters in cases of trekkers with a disability.


The Rushaga is the only area in Bwindi for the Gorilla Habituation Experience.

One group is 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. 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. The number of permits is limited to 4 permits for a group of gorillas being habituated in the park’s Rushaga area.

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

The Gorilla Habituation Experience is not to be missed, 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.


Rushaga – Nkuringo – Easy Access from Rwanda:

It is a 10-hour journey from Entebbe Airport in Uganda to the Rushaga area of Bwindi Forest. 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 Rwanda and Uganda and 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 and the Gorilla Habituation Experience home.

Flying into Rwanda and Trekking in Uganda has become the choice of most of our Clients.


Lodging in the Rushaga and Nkuringo Area:

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

Moderate Choices include Gorilla Valley Lodge and 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 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, 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 the 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.

Hiking in and near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is becoming more the choice of many Trekkers.


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 to 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.

You can add many places 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 ten days plus in this part of Uganda plus Rwanda and see and do things you cannot do elsewhere in East Africa.

Rushaga is the Best Area for Gorilla Trekking. The only area for the Gorilla Habituation in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the perfect gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation location in Uganda. Easy access from Rwanda and, of course, from Uganda, mainly when you include other parks that cut the long-drive times, or you can fly.
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