Ruhija is uniquely a home to the best 3 family groups of gorillas. This is one of one four sectors with mountain gorillas found in Bwindi impenetrable national park. The other sectors include: Buhoma, Nkuringo and Rushaga.
Since it’s all well known that Uganda alone has a half of the remaining great apes of the mountain gorilla’s species. While on your Ugandan safari, you can do gorilla trekking safari in either Mgahinga gorilla national park or Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. In Bwindi impenetrable forest, it is subdivided into four regions of Ruhija, Rushaga, Buhoma and Nkuringo. The other remaining countries in East Africa offering habitants to Mountain gorillas and making the other half of them remaining on earth include Democratic Republic of Congo at Virunga national park and Rwanda at Volcanoes national park.
Ruhija section of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is found in the eastern part of the park. Ruhuja section comprises of 3 family groups of gorillas that include Bitukura family group, Kyaguriro family group and Oruzogo family group. All these groups give 24 people to gorillas from this sector 8 people in each family group. The people interested in tracking gorillas in this region have choice to determine which family group to do gorilla trekking on depending on the availability of the gorilla permits.
Exceptionally, Ruhija sector has a hilly topography covered with dense forest of Bwindi impenetrable national park, its weather is accredited with stunning breezes, characterized by fog that is witnessed all the day with morning being too cold, afternoon being cool and evenings and nights very cold. This is a rationale as to why the accommodation facility provide bottled warm water for the guests in their beds to keep warm. Given that only 24 people can do gorilla trekking activity here, Ruhija promotes ecotourism and reduces impacts on environments than any other sector in Bwindi impenetrable forest including its immediate neighbors sector Buhoma. Just like any other sector on Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park, travelers who wish to track gorillas in Ruhija as well pay US$ 700, US$500 and US$71 for non-foreign residents, foreign residents and east African and Ugandan nationals. Welcome to the home of the great apes the mountain gorillas.
Activities in Ruhija Sector
While staying in the Ruhija sector for gorilla trekking, visitors also have an opportunity of visiting and supporting the communities around the park area. There are different community projects set up and have enabled the locals to get involved in tourism as a source of income to their families by simply doing projects like making of crafts, baskets weaving, and beekeeping, these have supported the local livelihood of the communities as source of employment some of whom are porters for gorilla trekking in the park. Visitors who visit these projects are also given an opportunity to participate in these activities and also participate in the entertainment provided by the community as a way to make them feel your involvement in their activities. The community projects help to generate a balance between the environment, wildlife conservation and sustainability development in the Bwindi at large. Show some love to the guardians of these forests.
The Batwa community experience
For yet another thrilling funfilled experience, do not to miss encountering with the Batwa people while on your visit to the Ruhija sector. The Batwa are the indigenous people of Bwindi forest who were evicted from the forest when gorillas were discovered and introduced in the park in 1991. A visit to the Batwa rewards visitors with an understanding of their cultural lifestyle, norms, and traditions while still the forest which includes hunting, making local herbs, beekeeping for honey, and entertainment through songs and dances. You can’t dare to miss this exhilarating momentous time with the Batwa pygmies. Reach to us at Jewel safaris for an enriching activity here with the Batwa community.
Forest walks/nature walks
There is no other better way of getting closer to the real beauty in this forest of Bwindi in the Ruhija side. The unique activities that take you through the impenetrable forest bringing you nearer to the jewels and the kings of the jungles. A forest walk is a better way to discover the forest and its features like waterfalls, rivers, caves, and rocks. During the walk, you are given a ranger guide who will guide you through the forest. Learn about the tree species and expect to find some bird species located in the park in their sweet sounds singing up on the trees, also expect to encounter some animals in the forest. are you ready to reach a far deep into wilderness of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park at Ruhija sector? Well you can now contact us at Jewel safaris for the best adventurous safaris.
For bird lovers, Ruhija is one of the destinations with several birds and Ideal to fulfill your birding dreams and see the peculiar bird species. Ruhija is reported to have recorded about 25 bird species consisting off; hornbills, starred robin, bush shrike, Dusky Crimson Wing to mention a few. Visitors are highly advised to bring their binoculars for easier identification of the birds. This is everyone’s interesting activity to do after the gorilla trekking experience. Let us know your travel plans and we execute them in the pearl of Africa or anywhere in Africa.
For accommodation in this sector, we got you covered worry no more. We have our partners at Ruhija ready to make you feel the wilderness yet like at home.
Have you had time encountering with these great apes before? Then kindly reach to us at Jewel safaris Limited with your inquiry and we arrange your safari to any destination either In Congo’s Virunga national park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park or Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Welcome to the home of the mountain gorillas.