Ruhija to Masindi travelling by public transport
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Jun 19, 2013 9:18 AM Last Post By: kaz
Jun 18, 2013 9:52 AM
Ruhija to Masindi travelling by public transportI will be travelling independently in Uganda in July and I am needing some answers to a few questions. I have organised my gorilla trekking permit and will stay in Ruhija. How cold is it? I want to travel lightly and only pack the absolute necessary clothing. Is a parka, trainer shoes, sweat top and light weight cotton trou sufficient? After the gorilla trek I plan to go on to Lake Bunyonyi (stay at Geodomes) and after that to Kibale Forest as I want to go chimp tracking. I reserved a room at Kibale Primate camp, but they do not arrange chimp tracking. Do I need to arrange it through UWA or are there local guides.? What is the difference between a $50 chimp tracking fee and $150 fee? Is it necessary to book the chimp tracking permit now or can I do it a few days before the tracking? Will I need transport to get to the starting point of the chimp tracking from Kibale Primate Camp? After the chimp tracking I will go on to Ziwa Rhino camp and then I am looking at doing a 3 day Murchison Falls NP tour with Red Chilli. They will collect me from Masindi. Is it easy to use public transport / local transport (bus/matatu/bodaboda) to make my way from Ruhija to Geodomes to Primate Camp and up to Masindi? Any other recommendations appreciated.
Jun 19, 2013 2:53 AM
1I trekked gorillas in Ruhija last month but I stayed in Kisoro. I hired a piki for the day and the piki driver brought me back to Kisoro. From Kisoro, the Post Bus leaves for Kabale (Lake Bunyonyi) at the ungodly hour of 5 in the morning. Not sure about other buses. If not the bus, public car also seems to be another popular option among the locals. I kept asking where I could get a matatu to Kabale but lots of different people just kept directing me to the cars. It's Ush 13,000. I didn't see any matatus in Kisoro.
Jun 19, 2013 9:18 AM
2Shared taxis go from Kabale to Lake Bunyonyi on market days, otherwise you may need a private hire or a boda boda. They leave from the taxi park on the right hand side as you arrive from Kisoro. You could try asking at Amagara Guesthouse in Kabale if they have a vehicle going, they are connected to Byoona Amagara so it may help that you will be staying there - and it will be a much more comfortable ride! If you need to stay in Kabale, I'd recommend Amagara rather than Edirisa, which is OK, but very noisy.
I visited Kibale NP in December 2011 and it was not necessary then to book the chimp walks in advance, it was pretty quiet. You could book direct at the UWA office in the park, but I didn't see any $50 option, maybe that's something new they've introduced? If you are staying at the Primate Lodge, it's right in the park where you start the tracking.
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