Rushaga Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Rushaga Sector is a gorilla trekking in the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is the habitat to Mountain gorillas in Uganda. Rushaga is one of the four gorilla tracking regions of Bwindi forest. Bwindi national park is of the four world heritage sites in Uganda and is divided into 4 trekking regions. The regions include Nkuringo Sector also found in the south of the park. Others are Buhoma Sector in the north and Ruhija Sector in the eastern side of vast Bwindi forest. Rushaga is the region with the biggest number of habituated Gorilla families totaling to five in number.
Rushaga Gorilla Families
- Nshongi Gorilla Family
- Busingye Gorilla Group
- Kahungye Gorilla Family
- Bikyingi gorilla group
- Bweza Gorilla Group
- Mishaya family
- Rwigi Gorilla Family
- Kutu Gorilla Family
Rushaga region is one of the best gorilla trekking regions in Bwindi forest because of its many gorilla families. Each gorilla group means 8 gorilla permits are allocated to it per day. This means the more the gorilla families in Rushaga, the higher the number of gorilla permit. It is not common to fail to get a permit in Rushaga region when other sectors of Bwindi have none. Due to the area’s many families, chance of securing a permit are always higher. It is also in Rushaga sector where one of the groups reserved for gorilla habituation experience are found. Bikyingi gorilla family in Rushaga is available for gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi.
The other group of gorillas in Uganda for the same experience is Bushaho gorilla family in Nkuringo region of Bwindi forest. Nkuringo and Rushaga are all found in the south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A gorilla permit for habituation experience in Uganda costs USD 1500 only and you qualify to see and stay with the mountain gorillas for four full hours in the wild. Only 4 persons are allowed per group for every trek. All gorilla permits in Uganda are sold by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
Rushaga Gorilla Trekking
Gorilla trekking in Rushaga sector is among the most enjoyable adventures of the gorilla tourism. Being in the south of Bwindi, Rushaga is more accessible from Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. Uganda gorilla trekking from Kigali is done mainly with the gorilla families of Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors in the south and with Ruhija in the east of the impenetrable park. Rushaga sector has the biggest number of mountain gorilla families and more gorillas than any other gorilla tracking region of Bwindi forest. Rushaga region is also reachable easily by taking a scheduled or chartered flight from Entebbe to Kisoro Airfield from when, travelers can transfer by road to the park. Driving by road from Entebbe or Kmapala to Rushaga is also a common practice especially when guests prefer enjoy Uganda’s beauty in the countryside.
The good thing is that Rushaga is always an option for booking gorilla permits in Uganda especially when other regions of Bwindi have shortages. Since the area has many gorilla families, it makes it as a last resort in case other areas are fully booked. A gorilla permit in Uganda is at USD 700 per person which is far cheaper compare to Rwanda, whose permit is at USD 1500. The price difference offers convenience to for guests who fly into Rwanda and trek gorillas in Uganda than going to Volcanoes National Park. Secure a permit and enjoy the gorilla varieties of Rushaga, which is a pillar of Uganda’s gorilla tourism.