The Ultimate Mountain Gorilla Habituation Safari Itinerary
The Ultimate Mountain Gorilla Habituation Safari Itinerary with Arrival and Departure at Entebbe International Airport.
Itinerary Overview: Mountain Gorilla Habituation Safari
4 Days mountain gorilla habituation safari in Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers a memorable 4 hours experience with a group of wild gorillas. A Gorilla habituation experience is only available in the Rushaga sector of the Bwindi forest.
Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi forest is 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 which 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 which offers a maximum of 1 hour. During this process, individuals get to know much more about Mountain Gorillas, their behaviors, and a lot about their lifestyle.
This 4 days mountain gorilla habituation safari in Uganda starts with a pickup and drop off at Entebbe International Airport which is Uganda’s International Airport. Other activities that can be included are a Kampala city tour and a visit to the equator line.
But wait, let me tell you something:
- 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)
Itinerary Highlights: Mountain Gorilla Habituation Safari
- Day 1: Arrival, pick up from Entebbe International Airport and transfer to hotel
- Day 2: Road transfer from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Day 3: Bwindi Gorilla habituation in the Rushaga sector
- Day 4: Return from Bwindi to Entebbe International Airport for departure flight
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Detailed Itinerary: Mountain Gorilla Habituation Safari
Day 1: Arrival, pick up from Entebbe International Airport and transfer to hotel
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, an allocated safari guide from Kabira Gorilla Safaris will be there for your pick-up. The guide will be easily identified as he or she will be carrying a placard with the client’s name in the waiting area. After meeting and greeting, the guide ensures your drive to a hotel in Kampala.
Depending on the time of arrival, if you arrive early then including a short city tour can be one way to get introduced to the Ugandan lifestyle. Arriving at the booked hotel, check in, have dinner, and spend the night there. Your guide leaves you with instructions on what time you are expected to wake up the next day.
Meal Plan: Dinner
Luxury: Serena hotel/Sheraton hotel
Mid-range: Metropole hotel/Cassia Lodge
Day 2: Road transfer from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After early morning breakfast at the hotel, your guide will be at your hotel to pick you up for the drive to Bwindi forest. 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 continued 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
Luxury: Four gorillas lodge
Mid-range: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge
Day 3: Bwindi Gorilla habituation in the Rushaga sector
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-hour on 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 4: Return from Bwindi to Entebbe International Airport for departure flight
On the last day of your trip, wake up early morning, have breakfast, and then embark on a return drive to Entebbe International Airport for a departure flight. There won’t be any stops for an activity during the drive, however, you will stop for lunch in Mbarara. Drop off at Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight marking the end of 4 days of mountain gorilla habituation safari in Uganda.
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch
End of the 4 Days Mountain Gorilla Habituation Safari in Uganda
- Uganda Gorilla habituation permit
- Preferred activities at Lake Bunyonyi
- Accommodation & meals as indicated
- 4×4 safari vehicle
- A professional English speaking knowledgeable driver guide.
- Bottled drinking water on board
- International flights & Visas
- Any changes to the itinerary
- 4×4 safari land cruiser for luxury travelers
- 4×4 safari van for budget travelers
Safari Route: Mountain Gorilla Habituation Safari in Uganda
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