Gorilla habituation is a process by which wild mountain gorillas are trained to get used to human presence. The training period is between two to three years where these wild animals are trained to be friendly to humans. Researchers and visitors keep on visiting them so as they get familiar to human lifestyle and behaviors and in the long run they are given names for easy identification. The gorillas are then tested by journalists, scientists and some other visitors and when they pass these test, they are confirmed for trekking. Gorilla habituation is carried out in southern Bwindi in Rushaga-Nkuringo sector and visitors are allowed to stay with the animals for 4 hours.
Visitors interested in this experience should book as early as 6 months before the actual date especially in the months of December to March, July and October when competition is stiff.
Only a maximum number of 4 visitors are allowed in to the park for the experience per day and a fee of US $1500 is charged.
Gorilla habituation experience has the same rules as the ones for trekking activity apart from the difference in the time spent and number of people to see the gorillas. The experience includes researchers, trekkers, conservationist and rangers who can give you first hand information about the habituated gorilla family.