Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park 2023-2024; Gorilla habituation experience is an adventurous activity in Bwindi impenetrable national park where the wild mountain gorillas are trained to get used to human presence for trekking. Gorilla habituation experience is only done in Rushaga sector southern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park. Bwindi impenetrable national park is one of the most visited gorilla destinations located in southwestern part of Uganda in Kanungu district. The national park is famously known for harboring the highest number of mountain gorillas which are found in four sectors namely Buhoma sector in the north, Nkuringo sector in the south, Ruhija sector in the East and Rushaga sector in the south. Gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga sector takes a period of 2 to 3 years to be complete. During this period, a team of researchers, gorilla doctors, park guides and rangers keep on visiting and monitoring the gorillas under habituation process and once they are sure that the gorillas are ready for trekking, a mock exercise will be introduced where scientists and journalists visit the gorilla family. Once the gorilla group passes the mock exercise, it will be open to the public for trekking.
Gorilla habituation experience
Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations at the park headquarters. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the jungle with park rangers and an experienced park guide which takes the whole day. During trekking, you will be able to view other primates, bird species, mammals, different plant and tree species among others. Once the gorillas under habituation process are found, you will be allowed to spend four hours with them in their environment which gives you a chance to learn and monitor their behaviors, habits, watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, grooming young ones, engage in the naming process, take photos and record videos.
Cost of a gorilla habituation permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park 2023-2024
A gorilla habituation permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park costs 1,500 USD per person for foreign non residents, 1,000 USD per person for foreign residents and 750,000 USD per person for East African citizens.
How to book a gorilla habituation permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park
Gorilla habituation permits in Bwindi impenetrable national park can be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us with the date, month and year when you wish to engage in the gorilla habituation experience. After contacting us, we will check for permit availability on your desired dates and if there are permits available, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once we receive the money, we will acquire the permit on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.
Best time to go for gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park
Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season which is also known as the peak season in the months of June to September and December to February because during this period there is little or less rainfall in the national park therefore access roads to Rushaga sector and gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy.
Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park can also be done in the wet or low season during the months of March to May and October to November because during this period there are few travelers therefore the habituation permits will be easily booked.
How to get to Bwindi impenetrable national park
Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in southwestern part of Uganda and can be accessed by both road and air transport means.
When using road transport, tourists will drive from Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and then to Rushaga sector in Bwindi impenetrable national park which takes about 8 to 9 hours’ drive in a safari vehicle.
You can also access Bwindi impenetrable national park from Kigali Rwanda where travelers will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to Rushaga sector via Cyanika border in Kisoro or Katuna border in Kabale which takes about 4 to 5 hours’ drive.
When using road transport means, tourists will book scheduled or charter domestic flights from Entebbe international airport to Kisoro airstrip and then connect to Rushaga sector by road.
Where to stay during your gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park
There are a number of accommodation facilities where you can stay during your gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park including Four Gorillas Lodge, Ichumbi Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla CloseUp Lodge, Gorilla Leisure Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Homestay, Mutanda Lake Resort, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Bwindi Backpackers Lodge, Bweza Gorilla Lodge, Nshongi Camp among others.
Gorilla habituation experience is an exciting activity in Bwindi impenetrable national park that can be combined with chimpanzee trekking or chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale forest national park. You can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris for more information or to book affordable safari packages.