Bwindi Gorilla Habituation experience is the second best-done activity in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park which permits travelers to stay with the human’s closest relatives for a maximum of 4 hours in their natural environment compared to an hour mountain gorilla trekking expedition. Gorilla habituation experience is a thrilling activity done on a primate safari to Uganda that leaves travelers with a memorable experience that lasts for a lifetime. Gorilla habituation’s incredible experience can only be carried out in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park which offers the greatest pleasure in East Africa.

Fly-in Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

 Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park is famous because of accommodating the highest number of giant mountain gorillas in the world. Bwindi is impenetrable and is all situated in the south western Uganda which is about 500 km away from Entebbe or Kampala, Bwindi can be approached by both Air and road transportation, it takes approximately 8-9 hours’ drive to reach the main destination and by air transport, it may take 2hours from either  Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip by a domestic flight operated by Aero link to Kihihi Airstrip the nearest Airstrip to Bwindi then your driver guide picks you up. 

 Bwindi impenetrable forest national park harbors mountain gorillas which are habituated in four different gorilla sectors namely Rushaga sector of Bwindi, Ruhija sector, Nkuringo sector, and Buhoma sector where the 19 gorilla families can be experienced from. Among the four mountain gorilla sectors located in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park but of all the four famous sectors only the Rushaga sector offers the gorgeous Gorilla trekking habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Rushaga sector is perched in the southern part of the Bwindi forest.

Fly-in Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

 Rushaga sector was set aside for mountain gorilla trekking habituation experience – ‘’CHEX’’ in Uganda.  Gorilla habituation experience can only be done in Uganda which involves travelers visiting one of the habituated gorilla families in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi forest, Gorilla habituation experience can only be conducted in the Rushaga sector where travelers are allowed to habituate with the Byakyingi gorilla family for four good hours, Byakyingi gorilla family led by 1 famous silverback, 9 adult female gorillas, 2 sub-adults and 9 infants and another mountain Gorilla family habituated in Rushaga sector is known as Bushaho gorilla family. 

Facts travelers should know about Uganda Gorilla Habituation experience

Gorilla habituation experience offers unforgettable encounters when travelers participate in and spend more time with the giant mountain gorillas in the jungle compared to the normal mountain gorilla trekking which only takes an hour.

Gorilla habituation Experience is the process when mountain gorillas are taught to get used to humans. That was the reason why the Rushaga sector was appointed as the only sector where mountain gorilla trekking habituation experience is done, it’s because gorillas of Rushaga sectors are taught from between 2-3 years for the habituation process to be completely done where researchers keep visiting the habituated wild gorilla family on a daily basis while vaccinating the sick mountain gorillas and also to take good care of them. And gorilla habituation process also caters for the researchers to learn more about individuals in that particular mountain gorilla family.

When these gorillas are now used by the researchers each individual in the habituated mountain gorilla family is given a name. When these researchers approve that the mountain gorillas are ready to have trekked, Uganda wildlife Authority then introduces a new system which is in kind of mock exercise where they use prominent people to first visit this particular mountain gorilla group including scientists, researchers, and journalists visiting it. Once the mountain gorilla family passes through the mock exercise, then that mountain gorilla family can be officially opened for the Gorilla habituation experience.

Travelers who are interested in engaging in Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park are advised to book as early because Gorilla habituation permits at Uganda Wildlife Authority offices are limited and mostly in the peak season gorilla habituation permit demands are so high that may be in the low season that is when travelers can get it easily.

Gorilla habituation experience is a tourist activity that is done in the middle of the African jungle in one of the habituated mountain gorilla families with only a maximum of 4 hours provided to trekkers to watch the mountain gorillas in their natural environment, travelers are allowed to eye witness mountain gorillas eat, play, build their nests as well as enjoying the great views of the green wonderful environment as take a photoshoot with mountain gorillas for your memorable encounter in Uganda.

How much does Bwindi Gorilla Habituation Experience cost?

 Uganda Gorilla habituation experience only costs USD1500 per trek which is the same price as the normal mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Now, why can’t a traveler grab this opportunity in Uganda which is affordable for most travelers interested in gorilla habituation trekking permits and spend more hours with the mountain gorillas compared to 1-hour mountain gorilla trekking and Uganda’s normal mountain gorilla trekking permits are at USD700 per person trekking.

How long do travelers spend with the gorillas during GHX in Uganda?

If you have Obtained the mountain Gorilla trekking permits for the Gorilla Habituation experience, travelers are allowed to spend 4 hours with the gorilla’s Trek under habituation experience. And the 4 hours exclude the time travelers spend searching for mountain gorillas in their natural environment.

When does gorilla habituation experience begin

Unlike the normal mountain gorilla trekking experience which starts at 8:30 am, the mountain gorilla habituation experience starts at 7:30 am after the morning briefing regarding the rules and the regulations for mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.

Can mountain Gorilla trekking habituation experience be carried out in other sectors of Bwindi Forest?

Ideally, Gorilla habituation experience can only be carried out in one sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park called the Rushanga sector.

It is more advisable for travelers interested in visiting Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for a Gorilla habituation experience to tell their trusted tour operator to book for them the accommodation facilities near to Rushaga sector Gorilla habituation experience requires an early start. To other remaining sectors for mountain gorillas located in Bwindi only favor the normal mountain gorilla safaris like the mountain Gorilla trekking experience.

What is inclusive of Gorilla Habituation experience Activity.

Gorilla habituation experience includes; rangers who lead travelers to Bwindi impenetrable forest trailhead to trek the endangered mountain gorillas, researchers who give travelers more information about these mountain gorillas, and travelers are given a maximum of 4 hours to stay with mountain gorillas that were habituated, Gorilla habituation experience price includes the park entrance fees for Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park.

What is the accepted age for Gorilla Habituation Experience?

The minimum age for gorilla habituation experience trekkers is 15 years of age and above. Gorilla habituation experience offers a limited number of four people to participate in the Uganda Gorilla habituation experience.