Best time to go to Rushaga sector

Visitors wishing to go to Rushaga for gorilla habituation process and other tourist activities can do so during the gorilla  June to September and December to Feb

What Other Activities You Can Do In Rushaga After Gorilla Habituation Experience.

What other activities you can do in Rushaga Bwindi after the gorilla habituation experience? For visitors who have ever been in the Rushaga gorilla trekking sector, you know how fantastic the gorilla habituation experience is in this sector. However, some of the clients have asked about other activities that they can engage in especially after gorilla habituation experience, at Africa adventure vacations, we are reliable and committed to providing answers to several questions you inquire from us.

What to know about Rushaga in Bwindi National Park

Rushaga is indeed the only gorilla trekking sector in Bwindi impenetrable Forest National park with the highest number of habituated gorilla families. Rushaga is situated in the southern region of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and it is the only sector where habituation experience is conducted. Other than gorilla habituated gorillas families, the Rushaga gorilla trekking region presents two semi habituated families that are open for gorilla habituation experience and this means that only eight gorilla habituation permits are available for this particular activity spending four hours in the forest. Remember that each habituation experience trek allows a group of 4visitors. Basing on this information, it can be seen that the gorilla habituation experience is one of the best activities that tourists have engaged in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

Rushaga in Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park is a key sector for gorilla trekking not only in Bwindi but in Uganda as a whole. The Rushaga sector gorilla trailhead is situated in southwestern Uganda at the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rushaga is part of the four sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you can go trek and see endangered mountain gorillas in their natural environment in the world, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is gifted as the only park with half of the only remaining mountain gorillas in the world making in popular as the best Mountain Gorilla Trekking destination. In Rushaga one of the best sectors for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest Park Uganda has got 7 habituated gorilla families and these include the Busingye gorilla family, Bwera Gorilla Family, Nshongi Gorilla family, Bikyingi Gorilla Family, Mishaya Gorilla family, and Kahungye gorilla family, and Mucunguzi Gorilla family. Each of these groups is allowed 8 visitors per day and this means that there 56 gorilla trekking permits that are sold each day in the Rushaga sector trailhead in Bwindi. Like other sectors, Rushaga offers travelers a chance of a Batwa cultural experience especially for those who are interested in it.

Yes, despite such an amazing activity, there are other different activities that you can do in Rushaga other than the gorilla habituation process and these include the following;


Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park has numerous bird species that have facilitated the activity of bird watching. Visitors can engage in birding walks where they will be able to identify and spot over 400 bird species registered in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. From the Lodge, you can organize a full day for their activity of bird watching in the Bwindi forest especially in the Rushaga gorilla trekking region. Birds are extremely many and visitors are advised to come along with a birders guide book to be able to sport some of the bird species. While in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, You will be able to spot the following birds species among others; Black-billed, Strange, Banded Prinia, Crowned Hawk-Eagle, Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters, Dwarf Honeyguides, Blue-throated Roller, White-headed Woodhoopoe, Bronze-winged Pigeon, Kakamega, and Cabanis’ Greenbuls, Augur Buzzard, Ruwenzori, and Ross’s Turaco, Double-toothed, and Yellow-spotted Barbets, Red-chested Owlet, Jameson’s and Woodhouse’s Ant-peckers, Grauer’s Warbler, Western Violet-backed, Stuhlmann’s, and Sharpe’s Starlings, Red-throated Alethe, Elliot’s, and Olive Woodpeckers, Olive and Mountain Thrushes, Red-chested Owlet, Olive and Mountain Thrushes, Western and Yellow-rumped tinker bird, Stuhlmann’s, Northern Double-collared, Red-chested Owlet, Ruwenzori Hill Babbler, Narina, and Bar-tailed Trogons, Northern Double-collared, and Regal Sunbirds, Mackinnon’s Shrike, Luther’s, Gray-green, Many-colored, and Lagden’s Bush-shrikes and others.

Guided nature walks

You can as well engage in forest nature walks in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park especially in the Rushaga Gorilla trekking sector after participating in Gorilla Habituation Process. Still, you can take a tour at Lake Bunyonyi for a dugout canoeing and visit different historical islands as you get more stories about them and how they were formed. Still, visitors can visit Lake Mutanda for Island tours. Tree species can as well be seen while on nature walk safaris.

Local community encounters

You will be able to interact with the Batwa people and learn their culture, learn how they live, eat and listen to their stories of how they were once food gathers and hunters before they were evacuated from the park since the park is located within the Batwa community. You can as well reach out to community schools teaching young children and any kind of support or donation to such community development will be highly appreciated.

Reaching Rushaga gorilla trekking sector

Rushaga can be accessed by both road and air transport bit of course for luxury gorilla trips,  but since we are planning a luxury gorilla trekking safari in Rushaga then we recommend that you use air transport since it is quicker and so luxurious. The domestic air companies in Uganda include Aero link Uganda limited and fly Uganda. The companies operate both chartered and scheduled flights from Entebbe or Kajjansi airfield to Kisorio Airfield and then with help of our guide you will be transferred to the Rushaga region at your favorite lodge. It is about two hours from Kisoro airstrip to the Rushaga gorilla trekking sector in Bwindi. Visitors can also drive for about 9 hours on the road from Kampala/Entebbe international airport. Though using the road is long, the journey is entertaining and enjoyable as there is a lot to see on your way on the road.

Best time to go to Rushaga sector

Visitors wishing to go to Rushaga for gorilla habituation process and other tourist activities can do so during the gorilla  June to September and December to months and these the years will less rainfall fall and this makes the trails within the park accessible for visitors doing gorilla trekking, gorilla habituation experience, birding, and other activities as articulated.

Where to stay in Rushaga as you enjoy gorilla trekking and habituation tour?

Rushaga Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park has got various accommodation facilities where you can stay based on your interests and budget. There are budget accommodation facilities, midrange accommodation facilities, and upmarket or luxury accommodation facilities. Visitors on budget and a mid-range budget can stay at Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Four Gorilla Lodge, you can as well stay at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge among other accommodation facilities. Accommodation facilities in Rushaga are very many and you need to make you’re booking as early enough to ensure you get a better accommodation facility to stay at during your gorilla trekking trip in Bwindi starting from Rushaga Gorilla trail Head. These accommodation facilities can be fully booked especially during the peak season calling you to book in advance.

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