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

Posted by on July 19, 2018

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 GorillaLuxury Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari 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 another level. Your incredible up-close Gorilla Encounter is 4 hours in length

This is not offered in any other country, it is a Uganda Gorilla Exclusive with a maximum of 4 participants allowed per group compared to 8 participants for a normal 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 another upmarket and you have Luxury in the African Wild of the Highlands of Uganda.

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.

Please Note:  Your Safari Attitude – There are two main differences, some want one activity after another.  Others want to relax and take in Africa, enjoy a drink such as a Uganda Waragi with a Bitter Lemon Soda and read a good while others want one activity after another.  Please let us your preferences, it makes a big difference knowing what will work best for you.

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
  • Buniga Forest Walk with the Batwa Pygmies – Optional
  •  Golden Monkey Trekking – Optional
  • Luxury Lodge Choices

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.

To enter both Rwanda and Uganda you will need an East African Visa and proof of Yellow Fever inoculation.  There is no Yellow Fever in either country but both countries are part of the Yellow Fever Belt that spans the Globe.

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

We leave your hotel in Kigali 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.

After Lunch

Option-Not included in Price – Buniga Forest Walk with the Batwa

This Forest Walk is with the Batwa Pygmies who lived in this area for thousands of years long before the Bantu Tribes migrated here.  They lived in the Forest in harmony with nature. and with the Gorillas.  They hunted and gathered what they found in the forest including medicines to treat their ailment.  They were looked down upon by other tribes and when evicted from the forest when the Gorilla Parks were formed they received no compensation, living as squatters near what once was their land.  This walk is one way to keep the Culture and ways of the Batwa alive and profits go to the Community.

At dinner time there is often dancing and music by the local people in the area depending on the lodge you have chosen.


Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

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 cool 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 come during the peak Seasons, you have to plan ahead.

Gorilla Safari Lodge – Upmarket – Luxury

Gorilla Safari Lodge is a comfortable upmarket lodge near the Rushaga Trailheads 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 a Family Cottage that sleeps 4.

In the Spring of 2018, the lodge had a makeover and now even looks better since improvements were made by the owner.

This is the closest Luxury Lodge to the Gorilla Habituation Experience Trailhead.

The food is tastefully prepared by trained staff and vegetarians and vegans can easily be accommodated.

Day 2 – Gorilla Habituation Experience – Rushaga:

Early Breakfast and take your packed lunch from the lodge, have 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 for a small fee. (about 20 USD or less – allow Driver to handle it.

Tips – Advice for the Gorilla Habituation Experience

Meet the researchers, trackers 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.

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.

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

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

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 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 depend on your flight times from Kigali, 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, Lodging can be arranged by us 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 in Uganda.

Make your Safari complete and add some activities from one day or more before flying out to your next D

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.

Contact us about this Luxury Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari