What is the best time for gorilla habituation experience in Uganda? – Spend more time with Gorillas
What is the best time for gorilla habituation experience safari? – There are a few experiences as powerful and moving as viewing wild Mountain Gorillas in the tropical rainforests of East Africa. Spread across Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Mountain Gorillas are the world’s most endangered apes and only around 1080 Mountain Gorillas remain.
Uganda is home to almost half of the world’s total population of Mountain Gorillas, and a Gorilla trek here offers the chance to spend up to one precious hour with a family of a habituated Mountain Gorilla family. However, for those who wish to enjoy more time with these fascinating creatures, Uganda also offers the rare opportunity to participate in a full day Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
You will have up to four spellbinding hours with a semi-habituated Gorilla family, accompanied by expert guides, researchers and trackers and truly it is one of the most remarkable wildlife adventures on the planet. Great Adventure Safaris provides you with some information you need to know about Gorilla Trekking and the Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda.
Unlike Gorilla tracking that limits one’s interaction with the Mountain Gorillas to only one hour, Gorilla Habituation allows you 4 hours in company of a semi-habituated Gorilla family with start counting when you reach the fresh trails from where they nested the previous night. Also you will spend a little more on a Gorilla habituation permit which costs USD1500 per person per trek compared to the one hour experience which costs USD700 per person per trek.
What is the Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda?
Gorilla habituation experience is the slow and gentle introduction of a wild Mountain Gorilla family of to the presence of humans. Wild Mountain Gorillas are habituated so researchers can study the species, treat them for sickness and injuries, protect them from hunters, and boost their conservation efforts with sustainable tourism. click on link to read more about how to habituate mountain gorillas
Two Mountain Gorilla families of Bukingi and Bushaho are currently being habituated in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. In order to become accustomed to the presence of humans, each Gorilla family has undergone a lengthy habituation process between 3-5 years managed by a team of expert researchers, conservationists, trackers and rangers.
National Park rangers start the habituation process by spending a short period of time with the Gorillas each day, maintaining a specific distance at the limit of the Gorillas’ comfort zone. Every few months they gradually increase the time and reduce the distance until they are certain that the Gorillas are ready for tourists to visit them.
Whilst the Gorillas are not yet completely habituated, they are used to trackers and rangers, but not to strangers or tourists. The Gorilla Habituation Experience will help to ensure that they will eventually become fully comfortable in the company of humans. By participating in the Gorilla Habituation Experience you are supporting the crucial work in habituating Gorillas and ensuring their survival. It is truly humbling to think that you will be one of the first humans to meet these Gorillas.
The experience offers a more relaxed and enriching encounter with the Gorillas. You will feel less rushed and you will have plenty of time to fully absorb this incredible wildlife experience. During your time with your Gorilla family you can immerse yourself in their world as they continue to go about their daily lives, feeding and interacting with each other, under the watchful gaze of the mighty silverback.