Gorilla Habituation Experience

gorilla habituation experience

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Gorilla Habituation Expedition doesn’t have any actual definition. However, it is simply known as an act of training the wild mountain gorillas to get used to the sight of human beings.  Gorilla habituation experience involves trackers, researchers, conservationists, and the park rangers, when you find gorillas you are permitted to spend four hours with them. Gorilla habituation takes approximately 2 - 3 years to be completely done, it is a learning process that has become stable activity introduced by the Uganda Wildlife Authority on a small scale. Gorilla habituation experience only restricts a maximum of 4 travelers per day, people interested in gorilla habituation are advised to book six months prior to their travel date. Gorilla habituation experience is only done in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park at Rushaga sector.

Unlike the normal gorilla trekking which subjects travelers to spend an hour interacting with these mountain gorillas. Gorilla Habituation experience permits travelers to spend 4 hours in the presence of the mountain gorillas. As one spends more time with mountain gorillas it cost US$1500 per person interested in Gorilla habituation experience and the normal gorilla trekking cost US$700.


Gorilla habituation experience doesn't exist in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it can only be done in Uganda at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park protects close to 11 habituated mountain gorilla families that include Habinyanja gorilla family, Mubare gorilla family, and Rushegura family all in Buhoma sector, in the northern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Mishaya gorilla family, Bweza gorilla family, Nshonji gorilla family, Kahungye gorilla family, Busingye gorilla family located in the south of the park at Rushaga sector, and the Nkuringo gorilla family. Oruzogo gorilla family, Kyaguriro gorilla family and Bitukura gorilla family in Ruija sector. However, only two mountain gorilla families are set at Rushaga for Gorilla habituation experiences.


Best time to go Gorilla habituation experience


Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park can be best visited in dry seasons that kick off from June to September every year, and from December, February, and early March which is the short dry season when less rainfall is received. Uganda’s rainy seasons come with heavy rainfalls amounts which makes the trekking trails slippery, muddy,  and hence making the tracking trails kind of hard to participate in gorilla trekking, and nature walks.