Gorilla Habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks involves transformation of wild and dangerous mountain gorillas to human friendly and trekkable gorillas.Spend over 4 hours in the jungle as you witness the transforming process making it a unique adventure from Gorilla trekking.
Gorilla Habituation Experience is Majorly carried out in Bwindi Sectors in Uganda and intended to supplement gorilla Trekking. This ultimate safari answers almost every question on Mountain Gorillas. The activity can be supplemented with other activities like game drives, hikes visiting cultural groups among others depending on the days of the trip/safari.
Gorilla Habituation Experience-Uganda
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 trek, they then introduce a mock exercise where a 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 Impenetrable Forest
Gorilla Habituation Experience 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 the Bikyingi Gorilla group. It is situated in the Rushaga region in the southern Uganda Bwindi Forest was put aside for Gorilla Habituation Experience – GHEX in Uganda, apparently Byikyingi group has 1 silverback, 9 adult females 2 sub-adults and 9 infants. Another Gorilla group is the 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 permit costs USD1500 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 the mountain gorillas under habituation. These four hours excludes the time you spend to reach the gorillas.
The activity starts at 7:30 am and briefing is done much earlier unlike gorilla trekking which starts at 8:30 am
Currently, gorilla habituation experience can be possible in Rushaga located in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It is thus not possible in Bwindi Buhoma or Ruhija’s 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 that 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.
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 raincoat, A jacket, A flash free camera, Insect repellents, Trekking stick (can be hired at the trekked point)