What Is Gorilla Habituation Experience in 2024-Uganda

where can i go gorilla habituation experience 2024-uganda

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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.


The gorilla habituation experience involves trackers, researchers, conservationists, and 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 a stable activity, introduced by the Uganda Wildlife Authority on a small scale. Gorilla habituation experience only restricts a maximum of four travelers per day. Those interested in gorilla habituation are advised to book six months prior to their travel date. 


Gorilla habituation is only done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the Rushaga sector.

Unlike normal gorilla trekking, which requires travelers to spend an hour interacting with these mountain gorillas, the gorilla habitat experience permits travelers to spend 4 hours in the presence of mountain gorillas. As one spends more time with mountain gorillas, it costs US$1500 per person interested in the gorilla habituation experience, and normal gorilla trekking costs US$700. Click here for gorilla trekking tours 


Gorilla habituation doesn't exist in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the 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 the Habinyanja gorilla family, the Mubare gorilla family, and the Rushegura family, all in Buhoma sector, in the northern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park; the Mishaya gorilla family; the Bweza gorilla family; the Nshonji gorilla family; the Kahungye gorilla family; the Busingye gorilla family, located in the south of the park in Rushaga sector; and the Nkuringo gorilla family.


Oruzogo gorilla family, Kyaguriro gorilla family, and Bitukura gorilla family in the Ruija sector However, only two mountain gorilla families are set up at Rushaga for Gorilla habituation experiences.



When is the best time to go Gorilla habituation experience in 2024?

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park can be best visited in the 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 rainfall amounts, which makes the trekking trails slippery and muddy, making it kind of hard to participate in gorilla trekking and nature walks.