Gorilla Habituation Experience – Information – Tips – Advice

Posted by on October 1, 2017

All you need to know about the Gorilla Habituation Experience – Information – Tips – Advice

Practical Tips and Advice for an Experiential Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari


Know – Before you go – the Gorilla Habituation Experience in Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Uganda. Here is most all you need to know about this Up-Close Gorilla Encounter in the ancient rainforest in the Gorilla Highlands of Uganda.


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

There are two Gorilla Groups being habituated in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a process that takes up to two years and longer.  There are only limited spaces available for the Habituation Experience.

The Mountain Gorilla Habituation Experience Adventure can only be done in Uganda. Over 60% of our trekking clients pick the Habituation over the normal Trek.

Even though  The Habituation Experience Permits are priced at 1500 USD, they give you the best experience and value for your money.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience is as of September 2017 a permanent Activity offered by Uganda Wildlife Authority.  With our more than satisfied clients, the activity even when it was a pilot program, was nothing nothing but a roaring success and received many accolades from them.

Beyond seeing a Gorilla Family up-close for four hours, this is a learning experience – you learn the ways and habits of the Mountain Gorillas far beyond what you might  on a normal trekking experience.


Practical Experiential Gorilla Habituation Experience – Information – Tips – Advice


You Invitation to an Incredible Up-Close Gorilla Encounter:

The Gorilla Habituation Experience is the most unusual – one of a kind activity that is offered only in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Southwest Uganda.

Here is your invitation to spend 4-hours with a Gorilla Family in their living room in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  For some this is almost a sacred, spiritual like experience.

On Behalf of the Mountain Gorilla of Uganda we extend an invitation to you.  Since there are only limited spaces available your response to the invitation is requested especially if you plan to visit during months of June through October and December through March.


Meet the Gorilla Families that you can visit on the Gorilla Habituation Experience:

There are only two Mountain Gorilla Families –  the Bikyingi (Bikingi) & Bushaho Groups that you can spend 4 hours with on an all day trek.  This is a pilot program that is being closely monitored by Uganda Wildlife Authority as to the effects on the Gorillas and in some ways on Humans.

Since it is a pilot program the 1500 USD Permits are not listed in the Uganda Wildlife Authority Publication – we hope that they soon will be.

If Gorilla Trekking has proved to be a once in a lifetime experience, then the Gorilla Habituation Experience is a once in eternity moment.  At least that is what we hear from our client.


Compare Gorilla Trekking with Gorilla Habituation Experience:

For most, it is choosing one or another.  Others choose to trek Gorillas one day and do the Habituation Experience the following.  Here is the information that you will need to make the right choice for you.

We will do our best to explain the difference and guide you as to what is best for you.  If you want a one hour with the Gorillas experience than the Gorilla Trek is for you, if you want more time with a Gorilla Family, learn more about their habits, and ways then it is the gorilla habituation for you.

Just let us know your intent regarding the Habituation Experience and we will give you input as which lodges are right for you in the area of your activity, the easiest way of getting there and what are some of the other activities that you can add onto your safari in Uganda and Rwanda.


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

A Gorilla Habituation is 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 for the Gorilla Habituation Experience is the same as for Gorilla Trekking.  We suggest December through March and June through October.


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.cember

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 plus drive to the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which has become a favorite 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 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 nrmal Gorilla Trekking.

There are 4 entry points for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, only one where the Habituation Team meet, 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 primate 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 Uganda Wildlife Authority. Within 24 hours we will let you know about the availability of permits for the time that you have chosen.

It is a different procedure from normal gorilla trekking but in our experience, it has worked well.  Thus far all of our Habituation Safaris have taken place as originally planned.  Only once did we have to fine tune the dates.


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 or the Nkuringo area of the park near the entrance into the Forest.

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

An hour from the Trek

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 the 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 repellent, not many mosquitoes here, but flies, ants – one reason we ask you to wear what we consider protective clothing for your comfort.

For extra comfort and to free yourself up while trekking we recommend that you use a walking stick readily available 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.


Gorilla-Tracking-strenuousAm I fit enough for the Gorilla Habituation Experience?

In 2013 a 94-year-old woman was carried on a stretcher on her Gorilla trek and fulfilled her lifelong dream to see the Mountain Gorillas in her lifetime – she did.  She was carried by 12 men in relay teams and did it – most that go gorilla tracking are a bit younger, though we have clients that were 80 years old and did just fine.

One should be in reasonable shape and state of fitness to track the gorillas and do the Gorilla Habituation Experience.  The gorilla group requiring the most stamina and strength is the Nkuringo Gorilla group since you have to ascend and descend 600 at the beginning and the end of the trek – however, Porters can be used to carry your daypack and walking sticks can be purchased or some lodges have them available for their guests.

Both Uganda and Rwanda have tough groups to track and easier ones – we will work with you according to your fitness level and stamina.


Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari Add-Ons:

Uganda is more than Gorillas, you can add-on parks and places in the Pearl of Africa that will enhance your time on a Safari here.

There are many things to see here, things and places that are often beaten Tourist Map – Things that you will be able to do and see in neighboring Tanzania or Kenya.

We know Uganda and Rwanda, we live here and promote both countries because we are passionate about them and the hidden places that they offer for you to see.


That Added Plus:

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. Our Tour Guides know 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.

We give you that added plus to make your Gorilla Habituation Experience a memorable Time in Uganda.  A Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari to us is more than a sale – but connecting you with a most meaningful experience.


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.