3 Day Luxury Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari-4-hours with Gorillas

Posted by on May 10, 2019

One of a Kind Luxury Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari

4 – hours with a Gorilla Family on this 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari

Luxury Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari with more time with the Gorillas. For most being with a Gorilla Family on a Gorilla Trek where you have one hour with a Gorilla Family, is the Experience of a lifetime. This one of a kind Gorilla Habituation Experience takes Gorilla Trekking to a whole other level. Your incredible up-close Gorilla Encounter is 4 hours in length instead of one hour on an all-day Trek that ends in the late Afternoon.

This is not offered in any other country, and it is a Uganda Gorilla Exclusive with a maximum of 4 participants allowed per group compared to 8 participants for a regular Gorilla Trek.

On this  3-Day Luxury Gorilla, Habituation Experience Safari we take advantage of the short drive 4-hour drive from Kigali to the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Rwanda.

Add to that the exclusive Luxury Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, or the upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge and you have Luxury in the African Wild in the Highlands of Uganda.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience allows you to be a participant in the actual Habituation Process instead of being an observer on a typical Gorilla Trek where you are one hour with a Gorilla Family.

You save 6 hours drive time one way by flying in and out of Kigali-Rwanda, the little-known gateway into Southwest Uganda – The Drive time is 4-hours plus to the Southern End of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a scenic one through vast Tea Plantations, terraced farms on Mountain Sides, the Virunga Volcanoes and then Lake Mutanda in Uganda. Flying in with Aerolink from Entebbe is also an option for this Safari.

Safari Highlights for the 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari

  • All-Day Gorilla with 4-Hours with a Gorilla Family on this Gorilla Habituation Experience
  • 4-Hours from Kigali
  •  Golden Monkey Trekking – Optional
  • Batwa Cultural Encounter – Optional
  • Luxury Lodge Choice – Exclusive Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or Upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge 
  • Full-Board Meal Plan
  • 4×4 Toyota Land-Cruiser – with Luxury Safari orientated Driver-Guide
  • Porter, Bottled Water, and Walking Sticks are included
  • 1,500 USD Gorilla Habituation Experience Permits are part of Safari Package
  • Safety and Security Measures are in place both the Lodge and on the Gorilla Habituation Experience.

This Safari is dependent on available Gorilla Habituation Experience Permit.  The safari should be booked well n Advance.

Your 3-Day Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari in Detail:

Arrival Day:  Your arrival time and may mean that you will need a room for one night in Kigali.  The city is the  Singapore of Africa and unlike most other capitals, is clean, safe, attractive and welcoming.

We can arrange for your Pickup directly at Kigali Airport and add a night’s Stay in Kigali at a Hotel there.  The luxury Hotel choices include Serena Hotel, Radisson, Hotel, Marriott Hotel, des Mille Collines Hotel {Hotel Rwanda} and others.

If your arrival is early in the day, we can meet you at the Kigali airport and drive directly to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

To enter both Rwanda and Uganda, you will need an East African Visa and proof of Yellow Fever immunization.  There is no Yellow Fever in either country, but Uganda is part of the Yellow Fever Belt that spans the Globe. The East African Visa can be obtained on arrival at the Kigali Airport but must be specifically requested. The Visa allows you to exit Rwanda, enter Uganda and reenter Rwanda for your flight out.

Exposure to mosquitoes is minimal on this Safari due to the elevation and the cold nighttime temperatures that are below 15 degrees Celsius.

Day 1 – Drive to Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda:

We leave your hotel in Kigali at 6:30 am. or meet you at the airport for the 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari in  Rushaga. The drive time to Rushaga is about 4 hours plus depending on Border Crossing which is an event in itself.

Afternoon Options:  Safari Goers fall into two major categories, the one want activity after activity.  There are optional choices for them, such as a Community or Cultural Village Walk.

Others, just arriving want to take time out and drink it all in.  Sit on their patio and drink in the views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Virunga Volcanoes in the distance, read a book and we have a few Gorilla Reads that you might like, Try a Uganda Waragi with Krest Bitter Lemon Soda getting ready for the next day being with the Gentle Giants of the Forest. Other might want a Cultural Encounter with the first People of the Forest on the recently added Batwa Bwindi Experience in the Rushaga Area where you see the Forest through the eyes of those that lived here for thousands of year in harmony with the Gentle Giants of the Forest.  è  The choice is yours, just let us know.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge -exclusive or Gorilla Safari Lodge – upmarket

 Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – Exclusive Luxury:

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is one of Uganda’s finest lodges for the discriminating African Traveler.   It is a place that is more than Comfort, but luxurious Comfort plus.

The Stone cottages are exquisitely furnished, there is one Family Cottage with two Bedrooms.  You have 24/7 Butler and Service available to you.

The food is part of the overall experience, and the setting is superb with views of the Virunga Volcanoes and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as you sit on your patio enjoying a great cup of locally grown coffee or have a refreshing drink after trekking.

Cultural Entertainment is often offered for guests in the evening, and the Lodge supports the local community.  In the Southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this is only Exclusive Luxury Option. There are limited rooms which means that if you plan to come during the peak Seasons, you have to prepare in advance.

 Gorilla Safari Lodge – Upmarket – Luxury

Gorilla Safari Lodge is a comfortable upmarket lodge near the Rushaga trailhead for Gorilla Trekking and the Gorilla Habituation Experience.

Many of our clients like this lodge, its cottages with Fireplaces and a hot water bottle at bedtime.

This is a Ugandan owned lodge that has done an excellent job serving the upmarket guests that come here.  There is also a Family Cottage that sleeps four people in separate bedrooms.This is the closest Luxury Lodge to the Gorilla Habituation Experience Trailhead. However, it is still a half hour drive to it.

Trained staff and vegetarians and vegans tastefully prepare the food can easily be accommodated.

Day 2 – Gorilla Habituation Experience – Rushaga:

Early Breakfast and take your packed lunch from the lodge.  Here is the Gorilla Gear that you will need: A daypack,  3 liters of water, long trousers,  gardening gloves for pulling yourself up on branches, long-sleeved shirt. Waterproof boots, hat, rain jacket, use a walking stick and the services of a porter are included in the Safari Price.

Tips – Advice for the Gorilla Habituation Experience

Meet the researchers, trackers, rangers, and guides and head for the location of your gorilla family group being habituated and your four hours in their presence and learning their ways.

Added Plus Benefit: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was chosen by CNN Travel as the most Beautiful Place in the World, something that you will readily recognize as you hike through it.  It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Gorilla Habituation differs from a typical trek in that you are not just an observer but become an active participant in the habituation process.

With the trek in and trek out – the 4-hour Gorilla Habituation Experience – this is an all-day trek, not only do you see the Gorillas with only 4 participants (at times fewer), but you learn about the Gorillas habits and ways from the Gorillas and the Researchers. The Gorilla Habituation Experience gives you more time with the Gentle Giants of the Forest, more time for photography, you might want to learn more about better picture taking in the Forest.

Return to the trailhead, and it is back to the lodge.

Is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Safe? What about Security?

Private Gorilla Habituation Experience Treks can be arranged, but typically must be done well in advance and at a higher cost.  The Trekking Party would still include Rangers, Porters and Security Detail as always but no other tour participants.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge -exclusive or Gorilla Safari Lodge – upmarket

Day 3- Return to Kigali:


Golden Monkey Trekking – Optional – not included in Price

 Mgahinga Gorilla Park is home to thousands of the endangered Golden Monkeys. The park provides the best setting for Golden Monkeys in the Virunga Volcanoes.  The Golden Monkeys are quite beautiful and different from other primates due to their striking features.  An adult Golden Monkey will weigh about 15 Kilos, meaning that they are quite agile and will be all around you as you observe them on your trek.

The trek will be over by noon, and as we cross the border into Rwanda, we gain one hour since Rwanda is on Central African Time and is one hour ahead of Uganda.

The 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari comes to an end.  The activities on this day depending on your flight time out of Kigali International Airport, Rwanda.  We will fine tune it to fit you.  On the return to Kigali, you gain one hour as you cross the border from the East African Time Zone to the Central one.

Drop off at airport 3 hours before your flight, and this is the end of your 3 Day Gorilla Habituation Experience, We can arrange a Hotel for you in Kigali.

 What Activities can I add to the Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda?

The possibilities of adding on to your Gorilla Habituation Experience are endless and depend on the number of days, activities and budget.

We can, with your input create what is just right for you. There are many more things to do in  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you can visit Mgahinga Gorilla Park for Volcano Climbing, Golden Monkey Habituation or trekking, Lake Mutanda, Lake BunyonyiQueen Elizabeth Park with its wildlife, Kibale Forest – the best place in East Africa for Chimpanzees, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon and of course there are many other things to explore in Rwanda and Uganda.

Make your Safari complete and add some activities from one day or more before flying out to your next Destination in Africa or Home.

Some want to Relax and Chill Out after a day in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This can easily be added along Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mutanda in Uganda or Lake Kivu in Rwanda.

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