Are you planning and interested in doing your gorilla trek in Rushaga during the high season, yes it is possible with Encounter Africa Safaris. We have mastered the art in securing gorilla permits even if it tends to be hard especially during the high season in the months of June to September every year. During this time there are always many travelers interested in booking gorilla trekking in Bwindi and this makes the services and gorilla permits sell out making it had for travelers to get gorilla permits.
Rushaga sector is located in the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable National Park, Rushaga is a home for 5 Gorilla Families which is by far the largest number of any sector and its gorilla families being easy to trek due to the nature of terrine in the region. Rushaga can be easily accessed through Kisoro and becomes straightforward tracking point for those travelling from Kigali. The habituated families in this region include Busingye, Bweza, Nshongi, Mishaya and Kahungye which are all available tracking and open to tourists. Also, this is the only region in Bwindi that offers Gorilla Habituation experience with two families Bushaho and Bikyingi currently going through the process. The sector, also like Buhoma and Ruhija sectors, offers a chance of the Batwa community visit experience for those interested in cultural encounter.
When organizing a luxury gorilla safari holiday to Rushaga we recommend you book your gorilla permits atleast 3 to 4 month prior your gorilla safari date. This is because during high season permits sell out in advance on first come first serve basis. You need a gorilla permit to be allowed to trek mountain gorillas in Rushaga, this costs USD700 for Foreign non residents, USD600 for Foreign residents and 250,000 Uganda Shillings for East Africa Citizens and this gives an opportunity to spend one-hour encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi. Contact us on how to book gorilla permits for tracking in Rushaga in advance.
This is very important to consider when organizing a luxury gorilla safari holiday to Rushaga during high season, for you to have a great experience and comfort during your safari it is great to stay in luxury accommodations. Rushaga has luxury lodge options for you to choose where to stay and these include Gorilla Safari Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge and Gorilla Heights Lodge among others. All these lodges have three meal plans when you book your safari with Encounter Africa Safaris, u a guaranteed a full board meal basis
You should consider travelling in 4×4 Land cruisers this will give you comfort on the road to Rushaga. There is also an option of flying to Kisoro Airstrip which is close to Rushaga, this will help cut the long drive from Entebbe/Kampala which is normally 8-9 hours drives to only 2-hour drive that you spend from Kisoro to your lodge in Rushaga.
You might be probably wondering what to wear or need for your trek, below is a compiled list on what to wear;
By Air: You can get to Rushaga by air which is faster and less tiresome. Aero link is a domestic airline offering both schedule and charter flights to Kisoro Airstrip from where you connect to Rushaga. There is no direct flight to Rushaga but you can be dropped off to Kisoro where you will be picked up by our professional guide and dropped at your lodge. The drive time from Kisoro to a nearby lodge in Rushaga is approximately 2 hours. Passengers are always required to check in 90minutes before the scheduled departure time on you flight. It is also important to note that aero links baggage is 15kilograms per person and an excess is charged at 3usd per kilo. There also private charters available for client’s that have different timing requirements and different routings too. You might also want to travel with your kids which are free for an infant below 2years old. Children above 12years are carried at 70% of the adults fare.
By Road: Rushaga can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will pass through Kabale town and proceed to Rushaga. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 4-5 hours drive.
Rushaga located in Bwindi impenetrable forest is open for trekking all year round but it is also important to note that the forest is a tropical rain forest and can receive rain at any time. The best months to track gorillas include; June to August and December to February since they receive the lowest rainfall and the forest is less slippery. On the other hand, when you happen to travel during March to May and November there are chances of higher rainfall, you will be able to get discounts from some lodges for your accommodation.
Founded in 2003, Encounter Africa safaris takes pride in customizing tailor made safaris. It has a very diligent and trust worthy team. Your queries are answered within 20minutes by our team of professional tour consultants. These consultants will make you a travel plan for you, answer to all your questions and make sure all your services are booked in advance for you to avoid inconveniences. We also have very knowledgeable safari guides depending on your language preferences. some Luxury Gorilla safaris and these include; the 2-day Gorilla Fly in safari, the 3-day Gorilla Fly in safari, 4 Day Gorilla fly in safari, it all depends on your preference. Feel free to contact us.