Gorilla Habituation Experience in Africa/Uganda Safaris

Gorilla Habituation Experience in Africa/Uganda Safaris : Gorilla habituation is an ultimate experience where you can spend more time with gorillas. However, the best act of training wild gorillas on how to get used to the sight of people. This experience involves in different groups of trained people like the researches, trackers, conservationists and rangers among others. They are under training for a period of about 2 to 3 years to complete this habituation experience. Therefore, it is a learning experience one wouldn’t have missed on his safari journey to Africa/Uganda, it has just recently become a stable activity started by the ‘’UWA’’ Uganda Wildlife Authority on a small scale.

This fabulous experience is kindly restricted with a maximum of 4 people per trek per day. Thus a travelers interested to take park in Gorilla habituation experience, we recommend him to book for gorilla habituation permit in advance like 6 months before your time of arrival mostly during the months of December to March and July to October.

However, Gorilla habituation experience can only be done in Uganda except the three countries where mountain gorilla trekking can be conducted such as Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Gorilla habituation activity can be carried out in Uganda –Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park that harbors with over 21 habituated gorilla families that are stipulated in four gorilla sectors that is Rushaga, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Buhoma sector. Among the four gorilla sectors Rushaga was set aside as the gorilla families available for the trained habituation. This is the process where travelers get to understand the gorillas deeper and individually, know their memorable behaviors and getting chance of naming every single one of them. If noticed by the researchers that mountain gorillas are fully trained and can face people’s sights for a while, then a mock exercise is done as a way of testing to prove the facts. When they complete the process which involves in journalists, scientists, park rangers, the gorilla group then is available for trekking.

Gorilla habituation experience is a full day activity that starts early in the morning after your aroma coffee tea with delicious snacks. Then your driver guide will pick you with your packed lunch since it’s a ful day activity and be dropped to the park headquarters for a short briefing about the dos and don’ts of gorilla habituation in the forest. Then after meet the ranger guide in a group of four ‘’4’’ people to locate you to Rushanga sector where gorilla habituation takes place within the park ,make sure that you put on your rubber hiking shoes for your safety, not forgetting to carry a digital camera fully charged ,binoculars to help you view various beautiful bird species as you hike through interesting forest trails escorted with researchers, park rangers ,scientists has you get samples from them for study purposes .

 Gorilla Habituation Experience in Africa/Uganda Safaris
Gorilla Habituation Experience in Africa/Uganda Safaris

Once you locate the family ,you will be given four hours to spend with them as you watch them playing around, grooming their younger ones ,feeding and putting their nets high on tree branches during evening hours as you enjoy memorable photography. Unlike Gorilla trekking that limits trackers to interact with the gorillas which is an hour.

What is the cost Gorilla Habituation Experience ‘’GHEX’’ in Africa/Uganda Safari?

Gorilla habituation experience which can only be done on Uganda safari/pearl of Africa ‘’full day activity’ ’a permit cost USD1,500 per person per day, despite for gorilla trekking an hour in Rwanda costing USD1 500 per person per day. This has lead a number of tourists to do their gorilla trekking in Uganda because it is less cheap than for Rwanda, Uganda gorilla trekking permit cost USD700 per day per person and Congo gorilla trekking is less cheap compared to the two countries costing USD400 per day per person in a group of 8 people. In Uganda gorilla habituation experience can be done in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, gorilla trekking in both Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla national park, it’s a blessing Uganda to host two gorilla national parks located in the same region. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda can be conducted in Volcanoes national park and Virunga national park in Congo.

 Gorilla Habituation Experience in Africa/Uganda Safaris
Gorilla Habituation Experience in Africa/Uganda Safaris

What to carry with you on Gorilla Safari in Africa/Guideline SOP

Insect repellent

Water proof jackets

Energy eating snacks, lunch and mineral bottled water

Long comfortable shirts and trousers.

Guideline SOPs /Rules of the Park

Wear your face mask

Always sanitize your hands once more before you head out for the trek

Take temperature screening

Keep ten-meter distance to reduce the chances of transmission of diseases such as Coran virus.

Smoking and eating in the presences of gorillas   is not allowed

 If your ill do not attempt to go for trek because these great apes are 98% of DNA to humans so it is very easily to transmit our dearly mountain gorillas.

Before accessing to the park you have to be tested negative.

Flash discs are not allowed only digital cameras are allowed.

Time allowed with gorillas is 60 minutes.

Do not litter rubbish in the park rather go back with it.

Always keep your voice low and follow instruction given by the park ranger

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