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Spending four hours with mountain gorillas in Bwindi from Mbarara

Spending four hours with mountain gorillas in Bwindi from Mbarara

Spending four hours with mountain gorillas in Bwindi from Mbarara

Are you interested in spending four hours with mountain gorillas in Bwindi from Mbarara? Tourists in Mbarara can also book mountain gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park which is a home to more than half of the mountain gorilla population left in the whole world. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is home to the highest population of mountain gorillas that are left in the whole world. It’s located in the southwestern part of the country and getting to the park takes a single day by either air transport or by road transport.

The habituation of mountain gorillas in Bwindi is done among 2 semi habituated mountain gorilla families and these are Bushaho and Bikingi living in both Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors of the park. To habituate any of the mountain gorilla families above, you will have to first acquire a gorilla habituation permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority but of course, you can contact Africa Adventure Vacations limited and we secure it on your behalf.

Booking a gorilla habituation safari in Bwindi from Mbarara

Africa adventure vacations limited is one of the local tour companies in the country which are licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and does help travelers intending to visit Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in booking the gorilla permits. Travelers in Mbarara and would want to habituate mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can send us an email containing the days they would want to visit the park and we shall use those dates to check for the availability of the gorilla permits with the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Once the dates give have permits available we shall get to you quickly and send you an email containing details of how you can send your money to use. Once you have sent the money and we have received it, we shall go ahead and book for you the gorilla permits. We normally advise our clients from Mbarara that if they are interested in spending four hours with mountain gorillas in Bwindi from Mbarara, they need to do so 3-4 months in advance in order to avoid disappointments reason being the permits do sell out quickly and they are sold on first come first serve basis.

Mountain gorilla habituation in Bwindi from Mbarara

Tourists from Mbarara nee3d to know that mountain gorilla habituation is only done in Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors and therefore we do advise them to book accommodation in the area of the habituation in order to make it in time at the briefing point. On the day of habituation, the trekkers need to wake up very early in the morning and move to the briefing point where they will meet the rangers.

At the briefing points, the trekkers are taught how to behave throughout the process of habituation. It’s from here that the trekkers are grouped not exceeding 4 people according to UWA rules and then the ranger guides lead them into the jungle to search for the mountain gorilla families to be habituated. During the search, the trekkers get opportunities of seeing different park animals such as bush pigs, elephants, duikers, giant forest hogs, buffaloes, different bird species, and several plants.

Upon meeting the semi habituated gorilla family which is either Bushaho or Bikingi, the 4 hours according to UWA start counting and during these fours, the trekkers are allowed to male practices that can make mountain gorillas get used to human presence, they are allowed to take photos, and during these same hours, you will be watching them do daily activities such as playing, hunting, nesting, and this will help you learn more about their habits.

How much are the gorilla habituation permits for tourists in Mbarara?

The gorilla habituation permit prices have always been the same no matter the location of the tourists so people in Mbarara will get the gorilla habituation permits at the same price as others. According to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the gorilla habituation permits for Bikingi and Bushaho families cost $1500 foreign non-residents, $1000 foreign residents, and shs750,000 citizens of East Africa. The gorilla habituation permits will allow a tourist from Mbarara to be around the semi habituated mountain gorilla family for a maximum of 4 hours while making the mountain gorillas get used to human presence

What is the best time to visit Bwindi for mountain gorilla habituation from Mbarara?

Tourists interested in visiting Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for mountain gorilla habituation from Mbarara can do so at any time of the year but there are some months that are better than the rest. The dry months are the best for mountain gorilla habituation therefore we advise those in Mbarara to do the habituation in June to September and December to February.

During the above months, there is little and sometimes no rainfall, the trekking trails in the park are less muddy and not slippery, the vegetation is always thin giving clear views of the park animals and the rods leading to the sectors are passable. Tourists who can’t get time to travel in the dry season can also visit the park for habituation in the rainy season and this will help them benefit from the huge discounts on accommodation facilities.

During the rainy season, the tourists should know that the roads leading to the park are impassable, rainfall is too much, the trekking trails are muddy and slippery, and the vegetation is thick hence giving unclear views of park animals and bad photography. Tourists from Mbarara intending to visit Bwindi for habituation in the dry seasons are advised to book their habituation permits in advance of 3-4 months because the permits sell out quickly during that season.

Accommodation on a gorilla habituation safari in Bwindi from Mbarara

Tourists in Mbarara intending to visit Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for mountain gorilla trekking don’t have to worry about where they are going to sleep because Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors of the park have well-constructed accommodation facilities ranging from budget to mid-range to luxury options with where to stay depending on your budget. Tourists who are willing to book themselves the accommodation need to book the accommodation in the sector they are going to sleep in.

The accommodation in Nkuringo and Rushaga sector includes Nkuringo Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla havens lodge, Bwindi Back Packer’s Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Crested Crane Bwindi Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Nshongi Camp, Four Gorilla Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, and Rushaga Gorilla Camp

What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?

Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla habituation, Chimpanzee trekking and habituation, birding, golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga national park, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking and spending four hours with mountain gorillas in Bwindi from Mbarara can be done at any time of the year.