Gorilla Habituation Experience is a new picking activity operated in Bwindi Forest Rushaga sector. The activity is similar to Gorilla Trekking but differs in away that GHEX is carried on Gorilla families that are not yet friendly to human beings in Bwindi Forest National Park
Gorilla Habituation Experience
is a process where wild mountain gorillas are trained to get used to people. Gorilla Habituation Experience may take between two to three (2-3) years to be completed and during this time, researchers keep on visiting an identified Wild gorilla group on a daily basis. They get to learn more about individual gorillas and the way they behave.clients spend more time 4 hours or so with mountain gorillas compared to gorilla trekking which is restricted to only one hour.
With time, these gorillas get used to these researchers and in the long run, each individual gorilla is given a name. Once researchers are sure that these mountain gorillas can be trekked, they then introduce a mock exercise where some few people who may include scientists, journalists start visiting it. Once such a gorilla family has passed mock exercise, then it is opened for Gorilla Trekking Exercise.
Every day, 4 Gorilla permits are issued to Trekkers at 1500USD per Gorilla permit. You may secure your Gorilla Habituation Experience permits in advance with us
Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Forest during a Uganda Tour
Gorilla Habituation Experience call is carried out on Gorilla Families in Rushaga Sector of Bwindi Forest National Park Uganda. Some of the Gorilla Families for Habituation Experience adventure include Bikyingi Gorilla group. It is situated in Rushaga region in the southern Uganda Bwindi Forest was put a side for Gorilla Habituation Experience – GHE in Uganda, apparently Byikyingi group has 1 silver back, 9 adult females 2 sub adults and 9 infants. Another Gorilla group is Bushaho gorilla family.
Bwindi Forest national park has about eleven habituated gorilla families which include Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura in the Northern section of the park called Buhoma, then Bitukura, Oruzogo and Kyaguriro in the Eastern Part of Bwindi in Ruhija, Nshongi, Mishaya, Busingye, Bweza, Kahungye in Rushaga and then Nkuringo Gorilla Family all in the Southern sector.
Two gorilla families have been put aside for gorilla habituation experience and are located in the Nkuringo and Rushaga side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Its for this reason that gorilla habituation safaris can only be done in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Gorilla Habituation Experience costs USD1500 per permit and guests are allowed to stay with the gorillas for 4 hours and If you book a permit for gorilla habituation, you will be allowed to spend four hours with mountain gorillas under habituation. These four hours excludes the time you spend to reach the gorillas.
The activity starts at 7:30am and briefing is done much earlier unlik gorilla trekiing which starts at 8:30am
Currently gorilla habituation experience can be possible in Rushaga located on the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It is thus not possible in Bwindi Buhoma or Ruhija side of the forest. This is because currently, it is only in Rushaga that we have two mountain gorilla families being habituated as compared to other regions which do not have gorilla families under habituation. For those interested in this experience should be ready to go to the south and book accommodation closer to Rushaga since this activity requires an early start.
What is inclusive in Gorilla Habituation Experience permit
This includes rangers, researchers and spending four hours with mountain gorillas under habituation. It also includes park entrance fees for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
For an exciting experience one should carry the following
Boots,Trousers, Long sleeved shirts, A rain coat, A jacket, A flash free camera, Insect repellents, Trekking stick (can be hired at the trekked point)
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