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3 Days Gorilla Habituation Experience

The 3 days gorilla habituation experience takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is home to half of the population of the world remaining mountain gorillas. Gorilla habituation is a process of training mountain Gorillas to live closer to people as they continue with their day-to-day lives, and this process takes up to 3 or more years. The process involves exposing the gorillas to prolonged human presence around them.

The gorilla habituation experience is different from gorilla trekking because you spend more hours, about 4 hours with gorillas compared to one hour of trekking. It offers more engaging opportunities to learn about the gorillas and the permit for this activity is $1500. Gorilla habituation is done at Rushaga sector and only 4 participants are allowed.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

On the first day of your safari, you will be picked by the driver / guide from either Kampala or Entebbe depending on your location and begin the journey to Bwindi Impenetrable forest after briefing.  You will have midway stopovers to check out the beautiful countryside and take great photos at the equator crossing. You will blessed with amazing scenery of hills, valleys, cattle and locals among others on as you head to Bwindi. The Gorilla habituation process takes place in the southern sector of Bwindi. You will transfer to your hotel for relaxation, dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2:  The Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi

You will have an early breakfast before heading for briefing at the park offices. While there, you will join other tourists and be informed about what to expect during the gorilla habituation experience. After the briefing you will start trekking into the forest accompanied by Rangers, Trackers and Researchers. You will be with the primates for four hours as you learn more about the gorillas.  As you track the gorillas, you will encounter several forest creatures including birds, butterflies, smaller primates and insects. Listen and observe what the researchers are doing. You may be asked to participate in making gorilla calls, gathering samples or naming group members. After spending your four hours with the primates, you will go back to the lodge for rest and relaxation.

Day3:  Transfer back to Kampala

Wake up early and take your breakfast as you wait for the Guide/Driver to start the long journey back to Kampala or to Entebbe depending on your schedule. You will once again have stops at the equator crossing and also for lunch.

End of safari



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