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What to consider while booking a gorilla habituation experience in Uganda

What to consider while booking a gorilla habituation experience in Uganda 

What to consider while booking a gorilla habituation experience in Uganda

What to consider while booking a gorilla habituation experience in Uganda? For travelers who are interested in spending more time with the endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, there are a few things they have to consider while planning to book a gorilla habituation tour. The Uganda Wildlife Authority has introduced a gorilla habituation experience in 2014 for tourists who wish to spend more time with a mountain gorilla. This activity is carried out in the southern part of the Bwindi Forest, which is known as the Rushaga sector. There are different gorilla families in the Rushaga sector which are habituated and already tracked each day, but when it comes to gorilla habituation, there are two gorilla families which are still undergoing the process of habituation every day so that they get familiar with the presence of humans, and these groups are the Bushaho gorilla family and the Bikingi gorilla family. On your vacation, plan a gorilla habituation experience in Uganda and enjoy one of the amazing experiences in the wild.

Gorilla Habituation Experience

On tour in Africa, go to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda for one of the greatest safaris in the wild, which is known as the gorilla habituation experience. The habituation process is where a team of researchers, trekkers, and park rangers follow a group of mountain gorillas in order to make them familiar with the presence of humans in their natural habitats. The gorilla habituation process can take 2-3 years to make gorillas used to humans. Once this process starts, the park rangers, trekkers, and researchers have to follow that chosen gorilla group every day. Following a gorilla family helps them to learn more about their behaviors and nest at the end of the day. After a gorilla group gets used to researchers, trekkers, and park rangers, every member is given a name, and once they confirm that they can be visited, they introduce a mock exercise whereby a small group of tourists, including the park rangers and researchers, starts trekking them.

If this gorilla group has done with the habituation process, then they will be put on the list of gorilla families visited every day. Only four travelers are accepted to do the gorilla habituation experience per day. What to consider while planning a gorilla habituation process is permits. You have to book your permits in advance since there are two gorilla families used for this process and only four people are allowed to participate, which means there are only eight permits every day. Another reason why you should book earlier is that many tourists are visiting Uganda to do this activity. After you are done with your gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park, you will be given a certificate which appreciates you for completing the activity as well as your contribution to protecting mountain gorillas.

The impenetrable forest of Bwindi National Park, as well as the districts of Kanungu and Kisoro on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, can be found in southwestern Uganda.Bwindi forest is one of Africa’s oldest tropical rain forests, dating back 25, 000 years.In 1991, the impenetrable forest of Bwindi was turned into a national park, and in 1994 it was declared as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site. This incredible forest is home to over 350 bird species, 400 plant species, 300 tree species that are over 25000 years old, and 120 mammal species, including mountain gorillas, chimps, baboons, antelopes, forest elephants, and others.In the wild, gorilla trekking was started in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park of Uganda, and the forest is home to almost half of the few remaining endangered mountain gorillas on earth. Currently, Bwindi Forest has 18 habituated families which can be visited every day. Apart from Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are also offering gorilla trekking experiences.

When is the best time for booking a gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable national park Uganda

This activity can be done all year. But it is better during the dry season, which is from December to March and June to October, when the hiking trails are not too slippery and muddy, which makes the hiking experience excellent. You can also do gorilla habituation during the wet season when there is more food in the forest and primates are no longer moving long distances. Even in this season, primates look healthier and more beautiful. However, all hiking trails are used to being slippery and muddy, as it can rain for the whole day. Please note that the wet season is good for budget tourists since there is no high demand for gorilla habituation permits.

Price for gorilla habituation experience in the Bwindi Forest.

A gorilla habituation permit in Bwindi Forest costs $1500 for foreign nonresidents, while it is $1000 for foreign residents and 750,000 Ugandan shillings for East African citizens. This permit allows you to spend four hours in the presence of the endangered mountain gorillas while observing their behaviors. Only four travelers are accepted. A permit for spending 4 hours with the mountain gorillas is the same as the Rwanda gorilla permit for one-hour interaction with mountain gorillas. Africa Adventure Vacations will help you book and secure the gorilla permit until your arrival in Uganda for an unforgettable experience in the wild.

Booking a gorilla habituation experience in Uganda with Africa Adventure Vacations is very easy. What we need is you to tell us the date you wish and confirm the availability of permits. Then you will proceed to make your payments for the gorilla permits. Africa Adventure Vacations will be back to you with an invoice that shows you that you should proceed and make the payments so that we can confirm you are ready and we make bookings for your gorilla permit. Africa Adventure Vacations allows credit card payments and bank transfers, and if you can, cash too. If you decide to use a credit card, you will be charged 4% for each and every transaction that you make. After making your payments, Africa Adventure Vacations will send you a scanned copy of the receipts of payments and when it reaches time for your travel, we will pick for you the permits and one of our guides will present to you the original copy that you will have to show on the day of gorilla trekking. Remember that the fee for permits includes only the entrance fee to Bwindi Gorilla National Park and the services of the guide who takes you through the forest and also the four hours you spend with the gorillas. However, the permit does not include meals and accommodation, and transport varies on the days you spend from and to the park.

Reasons for booking with Africa Adventure Vacations.

Traveling to a new place is so exciting and it is one of the greatest experiences one can ever encounter. You get a chance to encounter the food, culture, and natural resources of the area. Africa Adventure Vacations is the best tour operator that can help you experience all the amazing cultures in Africa plus the authentic wildlife. Africa Adventure Vacations can help you to save money and restless nights trying to look for where to go. We are experienced, well-informed, and passionate about what we do. Africa Adventure Vacations is locally raised and has got a business license. We are quick to respond to any kind of question from our clients. We have got the best tour packages and pricing. Our company can afford the group size that you would like to come along with. Booking a gorilla habituation experience in Uganda can be done all year round.