Rushaga sector is the most highly blessed sector with the highest number of gorilla families compared to other sectors. It is situated in the sourthern part of Bwindi in Kisoro district. Booking for a gorilla trekking permit should be done earlier so as to avoid interruptions during the trek with 40 trekking permits available every day at $600 throughout the year.
This sector harbors 5 gorilla families namely; Nshongi , Busingye, Kayungye, Bweza and Mishaya families. Trekking is done by 8 right aged healthy visitors in a group for a given gorilla family and one hour is spent with the apes minus the time taken to search for them.
Rushaga is well situated for gorilla trekking via Kigali, Rwanda through Chanika border. This is the greatest opportunity to trek gorilla in Uganda via Rwanda at a cheaper cost of $600 compared to Rwanda’s $1500 for a trekking permit.
Gorilla habituation also takes place in Rushaga where two gorilla families are being trained to friendly to humans and visitors pay $1500 for the activity and spend 4 hours with the apes unlike the one hour spent with the gorillas during trekking.
How to get there.
Rushaga can be easily accessed from Kigali through Chanika border. The journey is about 3 hours drive from Kigali to Rushaga.
From Uganda, Rushaga can be reached at from Kampala via Mbarara, Kabale to Rushaga (8-9) hours or fly from Entebbe Airport to Kisoro and proceed to Rushaga in a vehicle. This flight is arranged in the morning.
Activities in Rushaga.
Rushaga region has other wonderful activities which include;
Cultural activities, where you are able to visit the Batwa in Kisoro areas who lived in the area for over 200 years and once stayed in the forest with the animals. These pygmies will entertain the visitors with dance and songs as well as exposing their way of living. Visit the craft shop and the beer, juice and gin making company using bananas.
Bird watching is also done in this sector where different singing bird species are spotted. Rushaga’s topography which is hilly is amazing to see. The beauty of kisoro will make your stay in Uganda memorable forever.