A Guide to the Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Uganda
Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda. Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda involves a team of individuals like trackers, researchers, conservationists, and rangers who take 2-3 years to have a group of Mountain Gorillas fully habituated.
Bwindi forest is the only place in Africa where one can have a Gorilla Habituation Experience. There isn’t a specific definition of Gorilla Habituation Safari – Uganda. However, it can literally be explained as a process of training wild Mountain Gorillas to get used to the presence of human beings.
The process involves a team of individuals like trackers, researchers, conservationists, and rangers who take 2-3 years to have a group of Mountain Gorillas fully habituated. During the process, the team visits these wild Gorillas each day and each individual Gorilla is given a name.
After the wild Gorilla Habituation process, the group is put through a mock exercise where a few people visit the Gorillas.
If the group passes the mock exercise by portraying what is expected of fully habituated gorillas, then they are open for Gorilla trekking Holidays
Unlike Gorilla trekking where a total of 8 people trek a single-family, only 4 persons can go for Gorilla Habituation Adventure Safari a day. This makes it necessary to permit bookings as early as possible; at least 6 months prior.
A maximum of 4 hours was 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, behaviors, and a lot about their lifestyles.
Two (2) Gorilla families in the Bwindi forest have been set aside for Habituation Experiences. Bikyingi gorilla family in Rushaga sector is one of the families available for Gorilla Habituation. The group has 1 silverback, 9 adults, and 9 infant gorillas.
Bushasho Gorilla family is the other group that is set aside for habituation still within the Rushaga sector.
Gorilla Habituation Experience permit in Uganda costs US$ 1500 for each person valid for one day. The minimum age is 15 years for an individual to purchase a permit for Gorilla Habituation in Bwindi Forest National Park.
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