Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has been labelled the primate capital of the world endowed with over 13 species of primates including half population of the endangered mountain gorillas. The park also boasts with various tree species, flowering plants, mammals, butterflies, fern and so much more. Mountain gorillas are human close relative sharing over 95% DNA with humans, trekking gorillas is very expensive but a few who have encountered have testified to an unforgettable life experience with these close relatives.
Best area for trekking gorillas in Bwindi
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is divided into four sectors of Rushaga Sector, Nkuringo Sector, Ruhija Sector and Buhoma Sector. Determining the best sector for gorilla trekking is not easy because all this sectors have advantages and disadvantages and the chance of trekking in a certain area will depend on the availability of gorilla permits.
Rushaga sector of Bwindi has been labelled by many travelers as the best area for gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, this sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park offers the best scenic views. Rushaga sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has also been called the best sector for gorilla trekking because this is where tourists can do gorilla habituation from.
Gorilla habituation involves tourists joining researchers and rangers in the process of making mountain gorillas get used to human presence, this gives you an opportunity of spending four hours with a gorilla family hence Rushaga is the best area for gorilla trekking as you can combine gorilla habituation and gorilla trekking.
Rushaga sector of Bwindi is also the best area for trekking mountain gorillas because it contains the largest number of habituated gorilla families compared to other areas in the park hence the permits for trekking in Rushaga sector are not always scarce compared to Buhoma sector as there are many permits available in a day with eight families.
Rushaga sector is said to be the best region for gorilla trekking in Bwindi due to its accessibility, Rushaga sector can easily be reached from Kigali international airport in Rwanda within 4-5 hours and the permits here are also cheaper compared to volcanoes national park in Rwanda, you can pay the price of gorilla trekking in Rwanda for gorilla habituation in Uganda. Rushaga can easily be accessed from Kajjansi airfield or Entebbe international airport through Kisoro airstrip. Though travel by road to Rushaga from Kampala can be hectic the panoramic views on the way are simply priceless.
In conclusion, all the areas of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park offer different but unique experiences and gorilla trekking can be done at any sector. The choice of where to trek from depends on gorilla permits availability and tourists’ choice. Gorilla permits in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park cost $600 per person per trekking and this applies to all sectors of the park. Gorilla habituation permits cost $1500 per person. Children under the age of fifteen years or adults with infections like flu will not be allowed to trek gorillas.