Bwindi Gorilla Habituation Experience
Bwindi Gorilla Habituation experience is one of the second done activities in Bwindi Impenetrable national park which allows travelers to stay with their closest cousins in a maximum of 4hours in their nature habitats as we compare it to 1-hour gorilla trekking expedition. Gorilla habituation experience is a hallmark of activity carried out on safari Uganda and leaves you with quite a memorable experience in lifetime. This incredible experience can only be done in Bwindi impenetrable national park and its great pleasure that in East Africa Uganda is the only blessed country where one can be able to find such an outstanding activity conducted in one of its famous national park. Bwindi Impenetrable national park which is famous is home to the highest number of great mountain gorillas in the world and above all, is located in the south western part of Uganda approximately 500 km from the capital city of Uganda ‘’Kampala’’ to reach the main destination and by air transport can take 2hours from Entebbe Airport by domestic flight Aero link to Kihihi Airstrip which is the nearest Airstrip to Bwindi.
However, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is a home to mountain gorillas which can be habituated in four gorilla sector namely Rushanga, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Buhoma sector where 19 gorilla families can be encountered. Among the four gorilla sectors found in Bwindi impenetrable national park Rushanga sector is the only famous sector where visitors can be able to enjoy this gorgeous Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable forest. To note, Rushanga sector is positioned in southern Uganda Bwindi forest in Rushanga region and it was appointed aside for habituation experience –‘’CHEX’’ in Uganda, since this activity involves in visiting one of the gorilla family in Bwindi forest, as Gorilla habituation experience which can be conducted in Rushanga sector where you be able to habituate in Byakyingi gorilla group which is led by 1 silverback, 9 adult females, 2 sub-adults and 9 infants and another gorilla groups in the sector is known as Bushaho gorilla family.
Facts about Uganda Gorilla Habituation experience
This is an unforgettable experience where one can be to participate in and spend more time hours with these gentle mountain gorillas as we compare to gorilla trekking which is restricted to only 1 hour.
Gorilla habituation Experience is a process where mountain gorillas are trained to get used to people. That is why Rushanga sector was selected as the only area where gorilla habituation experience can be carried out, it’s because gorillas of these sectors are trained between two to three years in order to be completed as researchers keep on visiting this wild gorilla group on daily basis through vaccinating the sick gorillas and also to take care of them. And as they as being catered for the researcher they get to learn more about individual gorillas and the way they behave in the montane rain forest of Bwindi.
By the time, these gorillas get used to these researchers and each individual gorilla is given a name. When the researchers confirm that these mountain gorillas can be trekked, they then introduce a new system of mock exercise where some prominent people can first visit this gorilla group who may include scientists, journalists and visiting it. Once such gorilla family has passed through mock exercise, then it can be officially opened for Gorilla habituation experience.
Travelers who wish to engage in Bwindi Gorilla habituation experience can book as early as possible because at Uganda wildlife Authority offices gorilla trekking permits are limited in number and especially in peak season the demand for purchasing a permit is high maybe during low season when you can get it even at the last minute. In Bwindi impenetrable national park two gorilla families have been put aside for gorilla habituation experience and such two famous areas including Nkuringo and Rushanga sector. And it’s for this reason that gorilla habituation Experience can only be done in the southern part of Bwindi National Park.
Gorilla habituation experience is an activity done in the midst of the jungle in one of the habituated gorilla family with a maximum of 4 hours given to trekkers to watch these gentle apes on how they behavior in the forest, see them playing around, enjoy the great view of the green environment as you also take photoshoot for your memorable encounter in lifetime.
What is the cost of Bwindi Gorilla Habituation Experience?
To any travelers before embarking to Uganda gorilla safari, this could be the first question in your mind because you cannot access Bwindi impenetrable forest without holding a gorilla permit.
In other word, Uganda Gorilla habituation experience costs USD1500 the same price to Rwanda gorilla trekking activity. Now why don’t you just grab this opportunity in Uganda at every cheap rate for your gorilla habituation permit and spend with gorillas for 4 hours as compared to 1-hour gorilla trekking and in Uganda gorilla trekking permits are sold at USD700 per person per group.
How long do you spend with gorillas during GHX in Uganda?
If you Obtain your Gorilla permits for mountain Gorilla Habituation, you will be allowed 4 hours as a time given for Uganda Gorilla Trek under habituation. And these 4 hours excludes the time you spend to reach the gorillas in their nature habitants.
When does gorilla habituation experience Start
Unlike gorilla trekking which begins at 8:30 am, mountain gorilla habituation starts at 7:30 am after briefing is done as early as possible for you to start your trekking experience.
Can ‘’GHX’’ carried out at any region of Bwindi Forest.
Ideally, Gorilla habituation experience can only be done in two gorilla sectors of Bwindi that is the Rushanga and Nkuringo sector.
This activity can be done in one of the gorilla family in this sector since there are two mountain gorilla families being habituated as compared to other regions with no gorilla families under habituation.
It is more advisable for our client who may visit Bwindi on Gorilla habituation experience to always tell their tour operator to book their accommodation facilities near to Rushanga or Nkuringo sector since this activity requires an early start. To other sectors of gorillas found in Bwindi can only favor Gorilla Safaris like Gorilla trekking experience.
What inclusive in Gorilla Habituation Activity.
This includes; rangers who lead you to Bwindi forest trailhead to trek mountain gorillas, researchers who gives you more information about gorillas, and the 4 hours spend with mountain gorillas under habituation, plus the park entrance fees for Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
How different is Uganda gorilla trekking from GHEX?
Gorilla trekking permit per now still costs USD600 but by 1st July 2020, it will be costing USD700 person per group. The time given to trekkers is only 1 hour with habituated mountain gorillas.
Gorilla Habituation experience permits cost USD1500 per person per day in order to be allowed to spend 4 hours with mountain gorillas still under habituation. This activity can only take place in regions where mountain gorilla is under habituation namely Rushanga where you trek in new gorilla group of Bushaho and Bikingi which are under habituation.
What is the minimum age for Habituating Gorillas?
The minimum age for trekkers in mountain gorilla habituation experience is 15 years old and above.
The booking guideline remain the same to those of Gorilla trekking Uganda.
There is a limited number of six people allowed to participate in Uganda Gorilla habituation experience.
The time is now to book your Gorilla habituation permits for you to have encounter in everlasting experience to pearl of Africa and you can book with us Achieve global safaris for your truly humbling experience.