Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through Uganda Wildlife Authority introduced mountain gorilla habituation experience to all interested clients effective 1st January 2014. All those interested in gorilla habituation experience pay USD1500.00 per person. Gorilla habituation experience allows you to spend four hours with mountain gorillas still under habituation.. According to Uganda Wildlife Authority, two gorilla families have been put aside and dedicated for this experience in Rushaga region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
About habituation experience safaris
With gorilla habituation experience safaris, clients get to spend more time (up to four hours) with mountain gorillas still under habituation compared to normal gorilla trekking which is restricted to only one hour per person per trek. It true that gorilla trekking can take three quarters of the day but this involves trek to and from the gorillas but the actual time spent with the gorillas for observation and photography is only one hour. With mountain gorilla habituation experience, clients will be moving with experts/those who habituate gorillas, spend more time and see how gorillas are habituated. This experience is likely to attract more tourists since your spend more time (Four hours) compared to those interested in doing two treks. The only difference is that those going for this experience should expect to visit semi habituated mountain gorillas which can decide to hide, behave in a manner which is not usual and the experience can be stopped upon advise from researchers. For more information about gorilla habituation experience safaris, kindly read frequently asked questions or contact one of our consultants at WILDLIFE TOURS AFRICA. We book gorilla habituation experience permits and so much more. All those interested in Gorilla habituation safaris for 20118-2019 should contact us for more details.
Booking Gorilla habituation experience bwindi permit
All those interested in gorilla habituation experience safaris must book their permit through Uganda Wildlife Authority. Gorilla habituation experience permit costs USD1500 per person per trek and entitles you to up to four hours with mountain gorillas. When contacted, WILDLIFE TOURS AFRICA will check availability of these permits on UWA system, reserve them on your behalf, invoice you to enable you make payment and we will buy or secure your gorilla permit as soon as money is on our bank account. Once we have secured your gorilla habituation experience permits, we will send you scanned copies of receipts for your records and perusal.
Gorilla habituation is a process where wild mountain gorillas are trained to get used to people (Not actual definition). Gorilla Habituation may take between two to three 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. 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 trekking.
WILDLIFE TOURS AFRICA organized gorilla habituation experience safaris to Rushaga and Nkuringo. Our safaris can start from Entebbe or Kigali and are all inclusive of permits, transport, accommodation and services of an English speaking guide. We are highly reviewed on Trip advisor.
Bwindi Impenetrable 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, Nshonji, Mishaya, Busingye, Bweza, Kahungye in Rushaga and then Nkuringo Gorilla Family all in the south. At the moment, eighty eight gorilla permits are available for purchase from Uganda Wildlife Authority. 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.