Find things to do in Rushaga after gorilla habituation experience trek in Bwindi. Gorilla habituation is only done in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park between Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors. There are only 2 semi Habituated Mountain Gorilla groups open for this experience this means there are only 8 permits available everyday for gorilla habituation in Bwindi because gorilla habituation is done in a group of 4 tourists and other researchers. Are you interested in spending much more time with the Mountain Gorillas, then booking a Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari is the right choice for you, this gives you an opportunity to visit the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park and spend more time with them while in the forest during the encounter once you find them during your trek. Gorilla habituation is one of the main tourist activities in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, however there are other various activities and top things you can do in Rushaga after your gorilla habituation day tour and these include;
On Batwa cultural experience tour you will be guided by one of the Batwa guides giving you an opportunity to learn about traditional forest life of the Batwa in Bwindi Forest which is historically the home of the Batwa, you will also enjoy the traditional dances of the Batwa and Stone Age including making traditional fire among others.
The Nature walk is done in Bwindi forest it is a very exciting activity to do after your gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga which gives you an opportunity to learn more about tree species as well other wildlife species in the forest.
Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park is one of the best birding spots in Uganda home to an impressive 350 species. We recommend you carry your birding book in case you have limited safari time and you will identify some birds that visit the gardens of your Lodge. Bird species include Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill, the beautiful Regal Sunbird, and Archer’s Robin-Chat. Some of the many species you have a chance of seeing here include Black Goshawk, Augur Buzzard, Crowned Hawk-Eagle, Handsome Francolin, Olive (Rameron) Pigeon, Bronze-winged Pigeon, Black-billed, Ruwenzori, and Ross’s Turacco, African, Barred Long-tailed, and African Emerald Cuckoos, Red-chested Owlet, Narina and Bar-tailed Trogons, Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters, Blue-throated Roller, White-headed Woodhoopoe, Gray-throated, Double-toothed, and Yellow-spotted Barbets, Western and Yellow-rumpedTinkerbird, Thick-billed and Dwarf Honeyguides, Rufous-necked Wryneck, Tullberg’s, Speckle-breasted, Elliot’s, and Olive Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, Rock Martin, Black Saw-wing, Gray and Petit’s Cuckoo-Shrike, Ansorge’s, Kakamega and Cabanis’ Greenbuls, White-tailed Ant-Thrush, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Olive and Mountain Thrushes, Red-throated Alethe, Chubb’s Cisticola, Banded Prinia, Ruwenzori, Black-throated, and Black-faced Apalis, Olive-green Camaroptera, Grauer’s Warbler, Cinnamon and Black-faced Bracken-Warblers, Mountain Yellow Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Short-tailed Warbler, Red-faced Woodland-Warbler, White-eyed Slaty- Flycatcher, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Sooty Flycatcher, Chapin’s Flycatcher, White-starred Robin, White-bellied and Archer’s Robin-Chats, Ruwenzori Batis, White-tailed, and African Blue-Flycatchers, Pale-breasted, Mountain, and Gray-chested Illadopses, Ruwenzori Hill Babbler, Gray-headed, Western Violet-backed, Green, Green-headed, Blue-headed, Green-throated, Stuhlmann’s, Northern Double-collared, and Regal Sunbirds, Mackinnon’s Shrike, Ludher’s, Gray-green, Many-colored, and Lagden’s Bush-shrikes, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Slender-billed, Waller’s, Narrow-tailed, Stuhlmann’s, and Sharpe’s Starlings, Black-billed, Strange, and Brown-capped Weavers, Jameson’s and Woodhouse’s Ant-peckers, and Red-faced and Dusky Crimson-wings.
Local community visits through local villages will provide insights into the lives of the Bakiga and Batwa pygmy people living beside the Bwindi forest. Other activities to do in Rushaga after gorilla habituation experience trek include yoga at the Lodge, Mountain bicycle ride, volunteering which is done in the local community schools, projects and Butterfly watching which is done at night among others.
I only do gorilla Habituation Experience in the southern part of Bwindi that is between Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors, so for easy accessibility you will have to stay in lodges close to these sectors. Rushaga sector lodge options here include Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Rushaga Camp, Icumbi Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge and Gorilla Valley Lodge among others. You can as well stay in Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge and Lake Mutanda Lodge which is 45 minutes’ drive to the start point of the habituation trek.
The best time to do Gorilla habituation in Rushaga Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this makes it easier to travel to the park and gives you a clear view of mountain gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown
By Road; Rushaga sector can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which is approximately 8-9 hours’ drive. You will pass through Kabale town and proceed to Nkuringo and Rushaga from where you will start the gorilla habituation trek. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 4-5 hours drive.
By Air; You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip to access Rushaga sector in the southern part of Bwindi. Scheduled and chartered flights are available and operated by domestic airline operators of Aero link and Fly Uganda. You will need to plan with your tour operator for a transfer from the airstrip to the Lodge you are booked in for your stay.
Encounter Africa Safaris will help you book your gorilla habituation trek in Rushaga Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park contact us and we advise you on the booking process. We as well have different gorilla habituation safari packages to Rushaga sector of Bwindi ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury options that we can book for you including the gorilla habituation permits. Feel free to checkout our trip advisor reviews and read from a community of happy satisfied clients. With us, you can be rest assured of a memorable Uganda safari holiday. We are devoted to providing excellent service and customer satisfaction. Our team of excellent tour consultants is always willing to help answer all your safari questions. We guarantee you a great gorilla habituation tour in Bwindi with us.
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