Mountain Gorilla Habituation involves making them familiar around human beings. The habituation experience takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park gives you more than just a glimpse at the mountain Gorillas but a whole different story with these endangered creatures. The Habituation Experience is only offered in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda which shelters over 500 mountain Gorillas. And this has made Uganda one of Top Tour Destinations in Africa.
Time spent with the gorillas
Habituation experience gives you a lot more time than just trekking since you have to involve in the Gorilla Habituation itself. You will observe researchers from Uganda Wildlife Authority as they go about their daily duties around the Gorillas; monitoring and recording their behavior.
Gorilla habituation takes two to three years training them to get used to the presence of human beings without altering their behavior. This process allows you to be with Mountain Gorillas for up to 4hours as compared to the 1Hour of Gorilla Trekking making it so rewarding. A group of only 8 people is allowed to visit a particular gorilla group per day.
Gorilla habituation experience also give you a chance to learn about the naming of these endangered creatures and to take more pictures as long as your camera Flash is turned off to avoid upsetting the Gorillas.
Gorilla Habituation Experience Rules
Gorilla Habituation rules are much/less similar to those of Gorilla tracking with a few exceptions. Here are some of the rules to follow;
• The number of visitors per group is 6 members, prior booking (6months to your trip) is advised to avoid any inconveniences on your safari to Uganda
• camera flash is kept off to avoid upsetting the Gorillas
• Avoid touching the Gorillas as they could easily get startled and charge at you
• Make sure that you are in good health to avoid spreading the disease to the Gorillas. For example, they can easily catch a cold if you have it.
• Cary enough packed food and water to avoid starving while in the jungle.
Cost of a Habituation Experience Permit
Gorilla Habituation Experience Permit is currently at USD1500 per permit in Uganda and tourists are allowed to stay with the gorillas for 4 hours. The cost is different from the Gorilla Trekking Permit which costs USD600 and the time to spend with Gorillas is strictly 1 hour. It is advised to book in time have your permit secured in about Six months to your trip to avoid any inconveniences. The permit includes rangers, researchers and spending four hours with mountain gorillas under habituation.
Habituated Gorilla families
20 Gorilla Families have been habituated and are open for Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, these Families are; Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura, Katwe, Nkuringo, Bushaho, Bitukura, Mishaya, Oruzogo, Nshongi, Kahungye, Bweza, Busingye, Kyaguriro, Bikyingi, Christmas, Mukiza, Kutu, Rwigi, and Mucunguzi gorilla family.
In Conclusion, as you plan your safari to Uganda, consider having an amazing trip with the closest contact with Mountain Gorillas in the jungle. Gorilla habituation Experience is a rare activity in Rwanda and Congo and can therefore be only experienced in Uganda. And please note that not all gorilla families are available for the habituation experience.