The Uganda gorilla habituation experience cost per permit is USD 1500 for a chance of spending about 4 hours on a mountain gorilla habituation experience. The gorilla habituation experience permit is much more expensive than the Uganda gorilla trekking permit since you spend much more time in the forest during habituation.
There’s no such an exhilarating way of learning about the elusive mountain gorillas than with a Gorilla habituation experience. Bwindi Forest in Uganda is the only national park where the gorilla habituation experience can be undertaken by tourists.
It is an opportunity to meet a group of wild gorillas that haven’t been fully habituated and therefore behave like they would before getting familiar with humans. This is a better way of learning the lifestyle of the mountain gorillas within their natural habitat.
Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda is a gorilla safari activity in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Gorilla habituation can be defined as the process of getting mountain gorillas familiar with the presence of human beings by spending time around them till they are fully not bothered about the presence of humans (habituated) and can go on with their daily lives.
Habituation is done in the Rushaga sector of the Bwindi forest of southern Uganda which hosts 51% of the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas. Bikyingi gorilla group is one of the gorilla groups where tourists can have a habituation experience. The group has 21 individuals with 1 silverback, 2 sub-adults, 9 adult females, and 9 infant gorillas. Gorilla habituation is also experienced with the Bushasho gorilla group.
A gorilla habituation process in Uganda may take about 2-3 years for the gorillas to get fully familiar with the presence of human beings. To get to this stage, researchers and gorilla doctors visit the gorillas every day to learn more about the individual gorillas and their behaviors.
With some good time, these gorillas get used to researchers’ presence and can even get closer to them. After the study of each gorilla individual, they then receive a name.
Following this period, a mock exercise is carried out where several people including scientists, journalists, and others start visiting the gorilla group. If the gorillas pass the mock exercise then they are referred to as fully habituated and are opened to the public for mountain gorilla trekking.
The minimum age for a gorilla habituation experience is 15 years, just like for gorilla trekking. The rules and regulations for both activities are almost the same with a few slight alterations that the guides will explain to you as you head out for the trek.
The advantage of the gorilla habituation experience is that clients spend about 4 hours with the mountain gorillas which is more time to learn about these rare apes only living in their natural habitat.
Habituation is available daily and starts at 7:30 a.m. local time, unlike gorilla trekking which starts at around 8:30 after the briefing. If you are going for the mountain gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Forest National Park then you must be ready to wake up early and be at the park headquarters by at least 7:00 a.m. You, therefore, have to spend the night in an accommodation facility within the Rushaga sector since you will have to wake up much earlier.
To have a gorilla habituation experience you need to book your permit as early as six months before the trekking date since the permits are few. You do not have to worry, do this at least months early by contacting Acacia Safaris Uganda for all of your bookings.
Since the experience can only be had in Uganda, don’t worry about missing out, you can still include the activity whether before or after a Rwanda gorilla tracking tour, Kenya safari, or Tanzania wildlife safari.