Gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is done in the four main sectors and Rushaga is one of the prominent regions were travelers on their gorillas safaris in Uganda spend their time trekking the rare mountain gorillas in the wonderful Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
Rushaga region is situated in the southeast of the Bwindi and it was opened for gorilla tourism in the year 2009 and positioned in Kisoro district. There are currently about 5 Gorilla groups which can trekked in this area and among these include NShongi, Mishaya, Busingye and Kahungye among others. The trail in this area takes visitors into the Centre of the Impenetrable forest straight to the south part of the park and here visitors can enjoy the views of various bird species as well as plant life while on their way looking for the gorillas. It lies between Kabale and Nkuringo for those coming from either Ruhija or Kampala.
Rushaga regions as well as the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are located at highest point in terms of altitude. The region is mainly occupied by high hills and this has resulted to subdivisions and separations of different habituated mountain gorillas in this area because the different groups have ended up occupying separate hills found in the region.
Due to the presence of many hills in the region, gorilla trekking is bit hectic because it involves hiking hills when searching for mountain gorillas because of these hills, however tourists on their gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda who have taken time to participate in gorilla trekking in this area are highly rewarded with great scenic views plus even enjoying the sights of the Virunga Massifs both in Uganda and Rwanda and Uganda and these involve views of the Mt. Mgahinga as well as Muhavura Volcanoes plus the oldest Mt.Sabinyo and the highest Karusimbi mountain, Bisoke among others. A visit in this area also offers opportunities to visitors to enjoy Lake Mutanda Uganda’s lava damned lake.
For visitors interested in gorilla trekking experience in this region should not worry about the lodges to sleep because the region has various places where visitors can stay while enjoying their Uganda gorilla safaris in Bwindi. The accommodations in this place can be got in Kisoro town in lodges like Travelers Rest Inn as well as Nkuringo Safari Lodge, Wagtail eco Camp, Nshongi Gorilla resort, Nkuringo Campsite and Nkuringo Gorilla Camp among others.
Tracking Rushaga Gorillas from Rwanda
Rushaga region can also be easily accessed from Rwanda via Katuna or Cyanika boarders. It is only 4-5 hours drive from Kigali, compared to the 10 hours from Kampala. In this case, you can supplement your gorilla safari in Rwanda with an extra gorilla trek in Rushaga area, located in southern Bwindi National Park (Uganda), only 120 minutes from Volcanoes National Park.