Ruhija sector is one of the Bwindi impenetrable sectors that are situated in south western region of Uganda that harbors almost half of the remaining mountain gorilla population in the world. Ruhija sectors is situated in the eastern section of the Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and it co-exists with other sectors such as Rushaga sector in the south, Nkuringo sector in the south plus Buhoma sector in the north that are home to the habituated mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest.
Ruhija sector is characterized by cold weather and temperatures that are as a result of the hilly terrain hills plus the dense thick forest that dominates the park. Travellers in who trek in Ruhija sector have high chances of experiencing for in the morning hours and in the night hours it is extremely very cold while as the day time has cool temperatures.
Why trek in Ruhija sector?
Ruhija just like other sectors it has its own uniqueness that attract a number of travellers to trek in the sector despite the existence of other sectors in Bwindi forest that have the habituated mountain gorilla families.
Ruhija is home to about three habituated gorilla families which are open for gorilla tourism throughout the year, such as Nyaguriro family, Oruzogo family and Bitukura gorilla family. The gorilla trekking in Ruhija sector is open to all travelers who would like enjoy trekking in Ruhija sector and the Uganda wildlife Authority offers about 24 gorilla trekking permits for the sector for all travelers who would like to go gorilla trekking in Ruhija sector. Ruhija sector a maximum of 8 people are allowed to visit to mountain gorilla family just like in other sector.
Oruzogo gorilla family, this led by one silverback mountain gorilla and it is composed of about 23 individuals that were habituated in 2011 up today the family is open for gorilla trekking to all travelers that visit Bwindi impenetrable forest national park throughout the year.
Nyaguriro gorilla family, the family as about 20 individuals that are led by one silverback gorilla and it has an exciting history of the family members and it was habituated in 1995 thus its name Nyaguriro A and B.
Bitukura gorilla family, this is one of the new gorilla families that was habituated in 2007 and it was encountered near a river several time where it used to residence before it was habituated for tourism and it has 14 individuals that are led by a mature silver although the group has about 4 Silverback gorillas that are very calm and peaceful.
Gorilla trekking permits for Ruhija costs 700 USD per person and by June 2020 there be an increase in the gorilla trekking permit from 700 USD to 700 USD Per person per day and the permit is not reusable once used. Travelers will allowed be allowed to spend a maximum of one hour to with the gorilla family from the time you meet with the gorilla family. The gorilla trekking experience just like in other sector starts with briefing at the park headquarters at 7:00 before travellers begin to trek and during briefing the travellers are divided into groups of 8 people then assigned to two park ranger guides who will assist and guide during the trekking adventure in the Bwindi forest.
Other activities in Ruhija sector
There are other activities to enjoy in Ruhija sector besides the gorilla trekking experience that can add up on trek adventure in Bwindi forest national park. Such as nature walks or forest walk and bird watching which will give you an opportunity to enjoy the bird watching experience in the forest where travellers will have an opportunity to spot various bird species since Bwindi forest is one of the bets destination for the bird lovers, such as the dusky Crimson wing, the hornbills, bush shrike, fly catchers, the African harrier hawk the cinnamon-chested beef eater, African blue, common Bulbul among others.
Forest walks will also give travellers to encounter with other animal species that live in the Bwindi forest such as duikers, the elephants, the bush pigs the giant forest hogs, clawless otter, rodents, buffaloes the golden cats, yellow backed duiker, civet, black and white colobus monkeys, the L’Hoest’s monkeys, the olive monkeys among others.
Community visit is another activity that travellers can engage in after the gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi forest. Community visit will expose to travellers to encounter with the indigenous Batwa people who have settled at the edges of Bwindi forest but initially they used to stay in the forest. The travellers will get an opportunity to explore their life style through the cultural dances that will be presented by the batwa entertainments. Travelers will as well as encounter with the community projects by the local people that makes them participate in gorilla tourism such as the weaving projects, the art and craft making among others which they sell to a earn a leaving.
Accommodation facilities in Ruhija sector
There are a lot of accommodation facilities that travellers can use while on their trek in Ruhija sector, these range from luxury, mid-range as well budget options which provide good and comfortable facilities to all travellers in Ruhija sector such as Bakiga lodge, Ruhija gorilla lodge, trekkers Tavern lodge, gorilla mist camp, Agandi Uganda Lodges among others. All accommodation facilities offer international and local dishes to travellers and they have well trained staff that offers an international service to all travellers.
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