Top things to do in Ruhija sector after gorilla trekking; Ruhija sector is one of the sectors located in the eastern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park in Rubanda district. Gorilla trekking is the major activity in Ruhija sector that involves moving deep into the forest in search of the habituated gorilla families and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Ruhija sector is the home of four habituated gorilla families namely Mukiza family, Oruzogo family, Kyaguriro family and Bitukura family. There are a number of interesting activities in Ruhija sector that visitors can engage in after gorilla trekking including,
Top things to do in Ruhija sector after gorilla trekking
Bird watching in Ruhija sector
Ruhija sector is one of the best birding areas in Bwindi impenetrable national park in that it’s a home of about 400 bird species hence making Bird watching is one of the top things to do in Ruhija sector after gorilla trekking. During bird watching, you will be accompanied by a well-trained bird guide and follow well maintained birding trails like Mubwindi swamp trail and bamboo trail where you will be able to spot different bird species like African green broadbill, red chested fluff tail, frican shrike flycatcher, dwarf honey guide, blue headed sunbird, African goshawk, ross’s turaco, African paradise flycatcher, helmeted guinea fowl, grey crowned crane, purple breasted sunbird, archers robin chat, mountain masked apalis, strange weavers, handsome francolin, Rwenzori turaco, Rwenzori batis, common buzzard , African pygmy kingfisher, Mackinnon’s shrike Carruthers cisticola among others.
Nature walk/ hiking in Ruhija sector
Nature walk is an interesting activity in Ruhija sector where you will be able to explore the park on foot with the company of an armed park ranger and experienced park guide who is well conversant with different trails like bamboo trail and Mubwindi swamp trail. During the guided nature walk, you will get up-close and personal with different primates, animals, view variety of bird species, colorful butterflies, listen to sweet sounds of bird species singing in trees, relax your mind, enjoy the cool breeze among others.
Community tour in Ruhija sector
Community tour is one of the top things to do in Ruhija sector after gorilla trekking. During the community tour, you will be able to interact with the Bakiga and Batwa/ pygmies who used to live in the forest before it was gazetted as a national park, learn about their culture, history, way of living, visit their homesteads, iron smelters, farmlands, craft shops where they sell handcraft items like beads, baskets, sandals, bags, listen to ancient stories, taste their local dishes, listen to traditional entertainments inform of music, dance and drama among others.
Best time to visit Ruhija sector
Ruhija sector can be visited all year round though the best period is during the dry season in the months of June to September and December to February. During the dry season there is less or little rainfall in the national park therefore access roads to Ruhija sector, gorilla trekking and nature walk trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy.
How to get to Ruhija sector
Ruhija sector is located in the Eastern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park and can be accessed by road transport means whereby you will drive from Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and then to the park headquarters which takes about 8 to 9 hours’ drive.
Ruhija sector can also be accessed by air transport means whereby you will book scheduled or charter flights from Entebbe international airport to Kihihi airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters by road. Booking a flight to Bwindi impenetrable national park is the best option for visitors who don’t like travelling long distances and flights can be booked through your trusted tour operator.
Where to stay in Ruhija sector
There are a number of accommodation facilities in Ruhija sector where you can stay during the safari. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and luxury including Ruhija Community Rest Camp, Bakiga Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge, Broadbill Forest Camp, Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort and Campsite among others.
For more information about the top things to do in Ruhija sector after gorilla trekking, you can reach out to us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website to book an affordable gorilla trekking package.