Practical Gorilla Habituation Experience – Information – Tips – Advice

Posted by on March 11, 2017

Gorilla Habituation Experience – Information – Tips – Advice – Things you need to know

Practical Tips and Advice for a Experiential Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari

All you need to know about the Gorilla Habituation Experience


Practical Gorilla Habituation Experience – Information – Tips – Advice -An all-day (4 hours with the Gorillas) Gorilla Habituation Experience in the Rushaga area of Southern Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is different from a 1 hour with a Gorilla Family Trek. 

There are two Gorilla Groups being habituated, a process that takes up to two years.  There are only 4 spaces for visitors with each group compared to a normal group. It can take a bit more stamina since it is an all-day activity instead of 3 to 6 hours but more than doable by most.

Another Pure Life Experience – a Mountain Gorilla Experiential Adventure found only in Uganda and Kabiza Wilderness Safaris will give you a Hakuna Matata – Worry-Free Habituation Experience Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Over half of our clients opt for the Gorilla Habituation Experience over the normal trek and love the choice that they made.


Practical Experiential Gorilla Habituation Experience – Information – Tips – Advice


Gorilla Habituation Experience - Information - Tips - AdviceBest Time of Year for a Gorilla Habituation Experience:

A Gorilla Habituation Experience is an investment, 1500 usd for one permit, one wants to make sure that one goes on this activity at the right time of the year – what is the dry season or high season.

If you go during the dry or high season, it also means that spaces for your Gorilla Habituation Trek may not be there and choice lodges may already be booked.

Planning, is the key and we would suggest that you plan the Gorilla Habituation Experience at least 6 months before your planned safari, to make sure that there is a space for you.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a rainforest and it can rain all year-long, normally during the night or early morning hours.  The Best time of the year is the same as for Gorilla Trekking.


getting-there-rushagaGetting to Rushaga for the Gorilla Habituation Experience:

There are many roads that lead to Rushaga for a Gorilla Habituation Experience.

Drive from Entebbe or Kampala:  That is a long drive of about 10 hours, it can be broken up if you take in other parks such as Kibale Forest and Lake Mburo Park which cut down your long drive times.

Fly to Kisoro from Entebbe with Aerolink:  This is a  1 1/2 hour scenic flight and then a 45 minute drive to Rushaga.

Fly into Kigali, Rwanda and take the 3 hour drive to the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which has become a frequent option for those going on a Gorilla Habituation Experience.


gorilla-habituation-experience-safarisSafaris with the Gorilla Habituation Experience:

We have a few Gorilla Habituation Experience listed on the link above on our site.  Here is however the good news.  Any Safari with Gorilla Trekking can be changed to a Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari.

It may mean that the safari might be adjusted in regards to lodging and drive-times, however in most cases there is no problem including the Gorilla Habituation Experience instead of Gorilla Trekking.

There are 4 entry points for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, only one, Rushaga allows you to go on a Gorilla Habituation Experience.

Since the beginning  of the Gorilla Habituation Experience, we have taken many satisfied clients on the all-day experience. on a safari.


gorilla-habituation-experience-permitsGorilla Habituation Experience Permits:

Gorilla Habituation Experience Permits are 1500 usd each. In order to get them you must go through an AUTO Tour Operator such as ourselves.

You will not find the Permits listed on the Uganda Wildlife Authority Tariffs page but again use the Tour Operator.

Once you tell us that you would like to go on a Gorilla Habituation Experience we contact the Chief Warden of the Rushaga area for availability. Within 24 hours we will let you know about the availability of permits.

It is a different procedure from normal gorilla trekking but in our experience it has worked well.


gorilla-habituation-costs-moreThe Gorilla Habituation Experience costs too Much:

The Gorilla Habituation Experience is the most expensive activity in Uganda.  1,500 USD is a lot of money for a one day – 4 hours with the Gorillas experience.

1 hour of being with the Gorillas in Rwanda is 750 USD – 4 hours with the gentle giants of the Forest there would be 3000 usd in Rwanda and 2400 usd in Uganda.

What one has to do to put the overall Habituation Experience versus Trekking into perspective such as the extra lodging and driver and vehicle cost for a more than one gorilla trek in Rwanda or Uganda.

When you make such a comparison as above – a Gorilla Habituation Experience comes out on top.


gorilla-habituation-experience-lodgingGorilla Habituation Experience Lodging:

There are many lodges in and around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, most are located in the Buhoma area of the Park.

Lodging for the Gorilla Habituation Experience is best in the Rushaga area of the park near the entrance into the Forest. Rushaga Gorilla Camp is a great moderate option, while the Gorilla Safari Lodge meets upmarket needs.

Twenty minutes from Rushaga you can stay at the exclusive Clouds Mountain Lodge and upmarket Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge.

Those are the best options with no complaints from clients we have had stay there.


gorilla-habituation-experience-clothingWhat to wear and bring along on your Gorilla Habituation Experience Trek:

The suggestions for a Habituation Experience are the same as for a gorilla Trek with some additions.

You will need a Daypack that is waterproof, lunch from lodge, add some snacks, 3 liters of bottled water. Rain Jacket or Poncho, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt,sturdy gardening gloves, hat.

We would also suggest insect repellents, not many mosquitoes here, but flies

For extra comfort and to free you up use a walking stick and engage the services of a porter.

You are all set for the Gorilla Habituation Experience.


gorilla-rules-guidelinesGorilla Habituation Experience Rules:

The Rules and Guidelines are the same for Gorilla Habituation Experience as they are for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda.

Your state of health is of importance that you do not infect the gorillas with what you have.

If you are ill on day of the Gorilla Habituation – you will need to cancel

The distance you keep from the gorillas, the use of no flash, no eating, drinking or smoking in the presence of the gorillas.

No loud noise, and just cower down when a gorilla approaches you.


Our Commitment:

Experiential Gorilla Treks and now Gorilla Habituation Safaris represent an investment by you.  Our commitment is to give you a memorable Experiential Gorilla Adventure Safari, and that includes Gorilla Habituation Experience Safaris.

We will update you along the path of planning your Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari.  Use a driver-guide tht knows the ins and outs of the Gorilla Habituation Experience  and give you one of the Best activities in all of East Africa.

Kabiza Wilderness has become a leader in this one of a kind experience in the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Forest.

Uganda, is the only country that offers the Gorilla Experiental Habitutation Experience and we want you to enjoy the Pearl of Africa, including time with the gentle giants of the forest in Bwindi Forest.

Contact us and we will create for you a memorable safari in the heart of Africa.


Practical Gorilla Habituation Experience – Information – Tips – Advice – hopefully this has been most helpful to you as you are thinking about going on a Gorilla Habituation Experience in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. Yes, it costs more but you are on an all-day Trek and with the mountain gorillas for 4 hours.


Gorilla Habituation Experience – Information – Tips – Advice – Please contact us with any questions that you might have about this once in a lifetime experience.


 

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