Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Posted by on May 23, 2019

Only in Uganda – More Time with the Mountain Gorillas on the Habituation Experience

More Time with Gorillas on the Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda

The Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda has become quite popular since its inception, actually more popular than the available permits during many months of the year.  The reason is simple. Trekkers have more is the more Time with the Great Apes in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. That more time is the primary reason that many choose the Gorilla Habituation Experience rather than a regular Gorilla Trek even though the Permit Price is $1,500, $900 more than usual Gorilla Trekking.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience differs from the typical Gorilla Trek in that you are an active participant in the Habituation Process.  You become part of the habituation team.  You are not just a spectator but an active participant in the process of Habituation.  What you gain on this day of your Encounter with the Gentle Giants of the Forest far outweighs the cost of the Safari

4-Hours with a Gorilla Family in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on an all-day trek with Conservationist, Rangers, and Researchers.  Add to that the Benefit of fewer participants.  If you want no other participants besides yourself, that too can be arranged.  Just let us know.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda takes place in the Southern Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the Rushaga Region. In 2019 there are only 4-Permits a day since there is only one Group  presently undergoing the Gorilla Habituation Process. Since the beginning of this activity in 2016, there has only been few that have been part of the Gorilla Habituation Experience compared to the thousands that have been on a usual trek.  99% of those that have participated have loved it resulting in raves such as this one from one of our clients who called it “the Icing on the Cake of our time on Safari in Uganda.” 

Many African Travelers are in search of that “Gorillas in the Mist” – Dian Fossey Moment, that David Attenborough moment in time as he lingered among the Gentle Giants of the Forest. Nothing can replicate their moments in time with the Gentle Giants of the Forest, the Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is about as close as you can get without being a Researcher, ranger or tracker. Not only moments of Discovery the Habituation Experience is learning about the Primates and their ways, conservation and how the endangered Primates are on a comeback from near extinction and that in large part due to Gorilla Tourism and permits that pay for a large part of the conservation effort.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience is not for everyone. It takes more effort, more money for permits, at times more endurance since you are four hours with a Family plus there is the trek in and the trek out.  It takes a better than moderate fitness level to do the Habituation Experience. We suggest taking long walks, or even hikes before your arriving in Uganda.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience Advantages:

Reasons we feel that the Gorilla Habituation Experience is well worth Your Time


  • You get more Time with the Mountain Gorillas – 4-Hours instead of 1
  • You become a participant in the Habituation Process, not just an observer like on a Gorilla Trek.
  • It is an All-Day Gorilla Trek
  • Fewer Fellow Trekkers – Half the Participants that on a regular Gorilla Trek – 4
  • Better Photo Opportunities – more time get better pictures.
  • Exclusive Activity-only 4 Permits
  • Learn the Habits and Ways of the Mountain Gorillas with Researchers & Rangers
  • You are a participant in the Habituation Process
  • Lowest Cost Per Hour Visit 
  • Close to Kigali – Rwanda – 4-Hour Drive Time
  • Value Priced mid-range – Upmarket – luxury – Exclusive Lodging Choices
  • Gorilla+ Add-Ons to your Gorilla Habituation Safari such as

Disadvantages  that we have found in our Experience about the Gorilla Habituation Experience;

  • Limited Permits – there are only 4
  • $1,500 Permit price – $900 more than standard Permits
  • Tougher Treks in regards to time spent in the Forest

For an in-depth Comparison of the two see our Compare Gorilla Trekking with the Habituation Experience

How is the Gorilla Habituation Experience different from Gorilla Trekking?

  • More Time with a Gorilla Family 4-Hours compared to 1-Hour Gorilla Trekking
  • 4-permits Compared to 152 Gorilla Permits
  • 4-Participants compared to 8 Participants
  • $1,500 compared to $600 for Permits
  • Participant in the Habituation Process versus Observer
  • One Trailhead Starting Point compared to 4 for Trekking

There are no differences, but there are similarities between the Gorilla Habituation Experience and normal Gorilla Trekking.  You have the same Rules of Conduct, need to wear the same kind of protective clothing, boots, take along bottled water, use a porter, you have weaponized rangers with you

You have a choice, the Gorilla Habituation Experience that goes beyond the one hour with a Gorilla Family is a learning and hands-on one-of-a-kind experience that can only be done in Uganda or go for the typical Gorilla Trek as most do and are quite happy with, the choice is yours.

Book the Safari with Gorilla Habituation well ahead of your time in Uganda.  Otherwise, you might have an itinerary but no permits.

Helpful Information for your Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda

 Gorilla Habituation Experience – Information – Tips and Advice:

We are amazed by the wrong information about the Gorilla Habituation Experience that can found both on the Internet and in print. Even the esteemed Bradt Guide, in its latest addition, states that 6 participants per group are allowed when the number has four since it was a Pilot and Test program back in 2015 and 2016.

Add to that Forums on TripAdvisor where at times the Blind lead the Blind with misinformation including Tour Operators attempting to sell Safaris.  We have put together more information on the Habituation Experience than anyone else based on questions we receive from our clients and the experiences we have had. After all, we live and work here, and Safaris are our Passion.

We have put together the information you need to know about the Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.  Along with helpful tips and advice based on our experience and comments from our clients who have gone on a Habituation Experience.  This information is not stale or outdated but reflects any changes should they occur.

 Gorilla Habituation Safaris in Uganda:

It is only in Uganda where you can go on a Mountain Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari and that presently with is with one gorilla group being habituated in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.

The good news is that you can easily access Rushaga not only from points in Uganda but you can do so taking a short drive from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Rushaga Area.

Gorilla Habituation Experience Safaris can be any safari that now includes Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

We can adjust the safari to include the Habituation Experience – depending on permit availability, which is quite limited compared to regular Trekking.

Please Note:  Peak Season Months – June through September – December through March means limited permits and as people find out about the more time with a Gorilla Family, permits will even be in shorter supply.  One reason we suggest booking at least 6 to 9 months ahead.

 The Gorilla Habituation Experience – Our Take:

We are a Gorilla Tour Operator. We act as a facilitator, a sort of matchmaker.  We set and arrange the date and the meeting, however, we do not control that takes place in your pre-arranged meeting, not even the rangers and trackers do that.  You are not in a controlled situation. You are in the wild, where sometimes things are predictably unpredictable, and it is all up to the Mountain Gorillas.

You are visiting a gorilla family in their living room in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and what takes place is up to the gorillas.  Our clients have called this experience, beyond expectations, unbelievable, better than expected.

2019 requires your flexibility in planning this activity since there only four permits per day compared to 160 regular gorilla trekking permits – many times, we have to inform potential clients – no more habituation permits.  Plan ahead and avoid the number one mistake in booking a Gorilla Safari, that one being that you make plans all over East Africa and try to add on Gorillas at the end – often resulting in no permits.

If you like us to include the Experiential Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest -Rushaga area in your safari with us – please let us know.