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GORILLA HABITUATION EXPERIENCE

Gorilla Habituation Experience is an extra-ordinary primate experience offering tourists on Uganda safaris a lifetime chance to enjoy a complete 4 hours face to face with the massive mountain gorillas while in the wild. It becomes a second alternative for visitors to see mountain gorillas besides embarking on normal gorilla trekking. Enjoy more hours with the massive mountain gorillas by booking any of our exceptional habituation safaris.

What is Gorilla Habituation Experience?

Gorilla Habituation Experience

Gorilla habituation in itself doesn’t have exact definition, but it is a process where unhabituated gorilla families are trained to get familiar to human presence. Being a process, it takes about 2 year or more/less to follow the wild mountain gorilla family before it is opened officially for actual gorilla trekking.

During gorilla habituation, trackers, scientists, conservationists, etc get involved in the daily search for mountain gorillas. They give names to every individual for identification purposes and a gorilla group family can only be opened for tourists to trek if the tracker or researcher is sure that the group is indeed ready to be trekked. However, a mock exercise is done with few people undertaking a trek to visit the group to be opened for tourism.

Gorilla habituation Experience Vs Gorilla trekking

A normal gorilla trekking experience in Uganda includes hiking via the thick tropical forest to explore a habituated gorilla family. Upon locating the habituated gorilla group, you enjoy absolutely 1 hour observing the mountain gorillas.

For gorilla habituation, visitors search for semi-habituated gorilla groups and they enjoy 4 hours with mountain gorillas in what is termed as magical encounter.

Standard gorilla trekking permits cost USD700 per person and gorilla habituation permit are open for booking at USD1500 per person.

Frequent Asked Questions on Mountain Gorilla Habituation Experience

Gorilla Habituation Experience is only done in location in Africa and that is- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) a home to half of the world’s 1063 endangered mountain gorillas. In Bwindi Impenetrable Park, gorilla habituation is carried out in Rushaga sector in the Southern side. This is the region with several habituated gorilla families totaling up to about 20 groups including Busingye, Mucunguzi, Nshongi, Kyaguriro, Oruzogo, Bweza, Mishaya, Kahungye, etc.

A typical day of mountain gorilla habituation experience begins very early in the morning at 6:00am with briefing from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park experts/officials. After, you will be allocated to park guide/trackers to lead you through the long day gorilla trek and you will be exploring strictly the semi-habituated group. The length of trek to find a gorilla family all depends on gorilla group location, nature of habitat, visitor speed of walking, etc.

Gorilla habituation is done at any time of the year. However, it is better to visit Bwindi during the dry season when it enjoys favorable weather conditions. There are 2 drier seasons experienced each year in Bwindi- the long dry season from June to September and short dry spell from December, January to February.

  • Good and waterproof hiking boots
  • Hat
  • Plenty of drinking water
  • Sunglasses
  • Gardening gloves
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Trousers
  • Camera & extra batteries
  • Sweater
  • Rain jacket
  • Insect repellent, first aid kit, etc

Adventure Gorilla Safaris is happy to arrage for you all the necessary transport arrangement to Bwindi for a Gorilla habituation experience in Uganda. But if yiu must know, It is carried out in the far Southwestern side of the country. This extra-ordinary adventure is offered only in Rushaga sector the Southern gorilla sector of Bwindi, and it is accessible both by road and air. By road, travel for 8-9 hours on Masaka-Mbarara route and or 3-4 hours’ drive from Kigali to Rushaga via Katuna/Chanika border crossing. By air, flight from Entebbe to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip.

Mountain Gorilla Climbing a tree on a gorilla Habituation Experience
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