Gorilla habituation experience is a process by Gorillas are made to get used to the sight of humans before they are free and opened for Gorillas trekking the activity involves spending more time with the Gorillas compared to the normal Gorillas trekking which is only given one hour to spend with the Gorillas. The time begins from when you have an encounter with the Gorillas in their natural habitat, but the normal exercise can last for 30 min to 7 hours depending on the current location of the particular Gorillas family you will be trekking on that day of Gorillas trekking.
Gorillas habitation is an activity that is only opened in Rushaga sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, clients on Gorillas habituation, are given four hours with the Gorillas, Rushaga is located in the southern part of Bwindi also harbours Gorilla habituated families opened to Gorillas trekking. The main difference between Gorilla trekking and Gorilla habituation is that Gorillas trekking is for one hour while Gorilla habituation is spending four hours with the Gorillas. not only that, trekkers are active participants in the habituation process that is naming of Gorillas, making calls, observing and studying their behavior, trekkers also get enough time to ask all the questions and they will get the answers form different categories of people that is the researchers, rangers and scientists who have the knowledge for Gorillas. These group of people keep visiting an identified Gorilla family on a daily basis, this exercise can last for 2- 3hours until when the Gorillas are used to the sight of humans are free for Gorilla trekking.
This safari experience is worth the money paid for the activity, for any traveller taking part in Gorilla habituation process, will be required to have a Gorilla habituation permit which costs $1500 per person taking part in the habituation process. Its an incredible experience as you get to spend more time with the mountain Gorillas. The minimum age required for Gorilla habituation is 15 years and above any one below the age is not allowed to trek Gorillas or participate in Gorilla habituation experience. Gorilla habituation, registers over 50% of the clients participating in the activity. Although expensive, the experience you get after this activity is worth the many. Visitors are advised to secure their permits 6 month in advance prior to Gorilla habituation since the permits get sold out quickly and Uganda wildlife authority issues only 8 permits each day for Gorilla habituation and only 4 people are allowed doe each gorilla family. These particular Gorillas are not yet used to humans so few people are required to visit them to reduce on the congestion and the Gorillas may also feel disturbed.
Within the Rushaga sector, there are several lodges both midrange, budget and luxury lodges offering accommodation to clients visiting the park for Gorilla trekking and Gorilla habituation experience. Including; Rushaga Gorilla Haven, Ichumbi gorilla lodge, Chameleon Hill lodge, Rushaga Gorilla camp and others offering quality services ranging from housekeeping, security, waiters and waitresses, chefs preparing both local and international dishes. You are assured of the best of your stay while in Rushaga sector of Bwindi for Gorilla habituation experience.
How to reach the park
There several ways of reaching to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, the park can be accessed by road or by air transport. By road, you take on private vehicle or through the registered tour operators that will organise transport for to and from the park after the Gorilla habituation safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest at Rushaga sector. The journey begins from Kampala or Entebbe airport on arrival and transferring to Bwindi national park, the drive time covered is a bout 8-9 hours depending on the enroute stop overs, the drive is quite long, but it’s worth it as you will spot some of the tourist attractions along the country side. You can also take domesticated chartered flights operating flights on daily basis from Entebbe international airport to Kisoro or kihihi airstrip