Top things to do in Rushaga sector after gorilla trekking; gorilla trekking is an exceptional activity which involves tourists moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Rushaga sector is one of the four gorilla trekking sectors located in the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park. Gorilla trekking is the major activity in Rushaga sector that attracts big numbers of tourists and it offers other interesting activities that you can engage in after gorilla trekking including,
Top things to do in Rushaga sector after gorilla trekking
Gorilla habituation experience
Gorilla habituation experience is the second best done activity in Rushaga sector after gorilla trekking. Gorilla habituation is an adventurous activity where the wild gorillas are trained to get used to human presence for trekking. The habituation experience is only done in Rushaga sector and it takes a period of 2 to 3 years to be complete. Gorilla habituation experience starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations at the park headquarters. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the jungle with a team of park rangers, guides, researchers among others which takes a whole day. During trekking you will be able to view different wildlife species and once the gorillas are found, you will be able to spend four hours with them in their habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn and monitor their behaviors, watch them carry out their daily activities among others.
Bird watching is one of the exciting activities in Rushaga sector that you can engage in after gorilla trekking. During bird watching in Rushaga sector, you will be accompanied by an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species including Dwarf Honeyguide, African Harrier Hawk, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Collared Apalis, African Green Pigeon, Crowned Hornbill, Short Tailed Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Shelley’s Greenbul, African Wood Owl, Black Bee-eater, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Rwenzori Batis, Doherty’s Bush Shrike, Grauers Rush Warbler, Montane Oriole, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Kivu Ground-thrush, Regal Sunbird, Red Fronted Antpecker among others.
Guided nature walks
After gorilla trekking in Rushaga sector you can also engage is an interesting nature walk where you will be able to explore the park of foot with the company of an experienced park guide and armed park rangers to protect you from any danger. During the guided nature walk, you will be able to get up close and personal with different wildlife species, primates, listen to sweet sounds of bird species, enjoy the cool breeze, take beautiful pictures among others.
Batwa cultural tour
Batwa cultural tour is an interesting activity in Rushaga sector where you will get an opportunity to interact with the Batwa people, learn about their way of living, listen to their ancient stories how they used to live in Bwindi forest before it was gazetted, learn about their hunting and gathering skills, visit their local schools, health centers among others.
Best time to visit Rushaga sector
Rushaga sector can be visited anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February because during this period, there is less rainfall in the park therefore access roads, nature walk and gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable compared to the rainy season when the trails are muddy and slippery.
How to get to Rushaga sector
Rushaga sector is located in the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park and can be accessed by road transport means where you will drive from Kampala, via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and then to the park headquarters which takes about 8 to 9 hours drive.
Rushaga sector can also be accessed by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter flights from Entebbe airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip and then drive to the park headquarters.
Where to stay in Rushaga sector
There are various accommodation facilities ranging from budget, midrange and luxury where you can stay during your Uganda Gorilla safari in Rushaga sector including Four Gorillas Lodge, Ichumbi Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Bweza Lodge, Gorilla Leisure Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Hills Eco Lodge, Nshongi Camp, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Wagtail Eco Safari Camp among others.
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