Gorilla Habituation in Bwindi
Gorilla Habituation in Uganda
Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the only park in the world that offers the gorilla habituation experience in its Rushaga area where a small number of tourists are allowed to spend more time with mountain gorillas during their habituation
A Gorilla habituation experience involves clients spending more time with mountain gorillas and that is why it is called a 4 hours trek compared to gorilla trekking which is restricted to only one hour. Mountain gorilla habituation experience involves clients moving with researchers, experienced guides to spend more time and see how gorillas are habituated.
They are at times shy and the moment they sense any animal or human being nearby, they have to hide in the dense canopy.
Spotting them becomes a challenge. So if you move with an experienced guide, the gorilla will not hide away from you while on the habituation experience. Am sure this is what you like to have.
The best time for gorilla habituation in Uganda is the dry and warm months of June, July, and August, Mid September, December, January and February.
During these months, there is less rainfall that is likely to interrupt your whole day gorilla habituation experience. The forest is less slippery and as such you are able to move well while in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
A maximum group of four people participate in the habituation experience and groups spend four hours with the gorillas.
The cost of the gorilla permit habituation experience is USD $1500 per trekker for almost the whole day ( 4 Hours with Gorillas ) so individuals interested in the experience must have a reasonable degree of fitness to participate.
The fee includes a guide and park entrance fees. There only 2 groups that are currently habituated- Biking and Rushaho Gorilla Families.
You should book for the permit at least 6 months in advance if you need to experience a gorilla habituation experience in any of your Uganda safari trips.