The Perfect 3 Days Gorilla Habituation Experience Itinerary

The Perfect 3 Days Gorilla Habituation Experience Itinerary in Bwindi starting from Entebbe or Kampala.

Itinerary Overview: 3 Days Gorilla Habituation Experience

Spend more time with gorillas on 3 Days Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park starting from Entebbe/Kampala. Gorilla habituation offers a 4 hours experience among a group of Wild Gorillas that are not yet fully habituated within the Rushaga sector.

Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi forest are first habituated before they are introduced to Gorilla trekking tourists. The Gorilla habituation process where Wild Gorillas are tamed to get used to human presence takes about two to three years. After habituation the Gorillas are tamed and can behave “normally” in the presence of a trekking group.

All habitats with Mountain Gorillas have fully habituated gorillas unlike Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that has groups that are not fully habituated and therefore tourists can join for the habituation experience. Conservationists, researchers and rangers will take you through the habituation process.

A maximum of 4 hours spent in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas during habituation. This means more time with the Gorillas than trekking that offers maximum 1 hour.  During this process, individuals get to know much more about Mountain Gorillas, behaviors and a lot about their lifestyle.

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 Tour Summary

  • Safari starts with pick up and ends with drop off in Kampala
  • Gorilla habituation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • 4 hours will be spent with the Mountain Gorillas
  • Transfers will be by a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Accommodation before and after trip can be arranged on request at an extra cost

What you need to know

  • Accommodation is provided as included 
  • Pack the right clothes
  • Tour available all year round
  • Minimum age for tour is 15 years 
  • Gorilla habituation permit is included in the cost (USD 1500.00 each)

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Itinerary Highlights: 3 Days Gorilla Habituation Experience

  • Day 1: Road transfer from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 2: Gorilla habituation in Rushaga Bwindi
  • Day 3: Return from Bwindi to Kampala at place of residence
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Detailed Itinerary: 3 Days Gorilla Habituation Experience

Day 1: Road transfer from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

On day one of your safari to Bwindi, an allocated tour guide from Kabira Gorilla Safaris will be at your place of residence or hotel for pick up. When he or she arrives and introduces themselves to you, then you will board your safari vehicle for the drive to Bwindi forest. The drive starts early morning.

Before crossing the equator line just about 80 Km from Kampala you will stop at the equator for about 30 minutes for photography as well as some geographical experiments at the world’s center line.

The drive continues southwards with lunch at a restaurant in Mbarara town. Arrival at a booked accommodation facility will be in the evening. Check in and have dinner at the hotel where you spend the night.

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Options

Luxury: Four Gorillas Lodge, Gorilla Leisure Lodge

Mid-range: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Day 2: Gorilla habituation in Rushaga Bwindi

Mountain Gorilla habituation in Uganda

Wake up very early on this day of your habituation experience, have breakfast at the hotel, and carry packed lunch. Your driver guide will ensure the drive to the Rushaga sector headquarter. Here you receive a briefing on the dos and don’ts of Gorilla habituation in Bwindi.

You then head to the jungle to meet the Gorilla family that you will watch for four hours. During this time the rangers will tell you a lot about the group. After the 4 hours of habituation experience, you then trek back to the park headquarters where you meet the guide to return to your hotel.

You stay at the previous hotel where you relax and have dinner.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Return from Bwindi to Kampala at the place of residence

On the last day of your trip, wake up early morning, have breakfast, and then embark on a return drive to Kampala. There won’t be any stop for an activity during the drive, however, you will stop for lunch in Mbarara. On arrival in Kampala, your driver guide will drop you off at your place of residence or hotel.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

End of the 3 Days Gorilla Habituation Experience

Cost Inclusions

  • Uganda Gorilla habituation permit 
  • Accommodation & meals as indicated
  • 4×4 safari vehicle
  • A professional English speaking knowledgeable driver guide. 
  • Bottled drinking water on board

Cost Exclusions 

  • International flights & Visas 
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Any changes to the itinerary 
  • Laundry


  • 4×4 safari land cruiser for luxury travelers
  • 4×4 safari van for budget travelers

Safari Route: 3 Days Gorilla Habituation Experience

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