Which one is right for me – “Gorilla Trekking or the Gorilla Habituation Experience?”
Comparing the Gorilla Habituation Experience with Gorilla Trekking
What is The Difference between Gorilla Trekking and the Gorilla Habituation Experience. Comparing Gorilla Trekking with the Gorilla Habituation Experience in Rushaga.
Choosing the Gorilla Trekking or the Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda? Here is a comparison between the two experiences in Uganda, a comparison that allows you to choose what is right for you, your budget and wanting most for your monetary investment on a Primate Dream Vacation in the Heart of Africa in its Pearl – Uganda.
Which one is right for me – “Gorilla Trekking or the Gorilla Habituation Experience?” A comparison of the Two.
Which Activity is right for me Financially?
For many, it comes down to the amount of money it takes and there is a difference in price between the two activities. The Permit for Trekking in Uganda is 600 USD, 900 USD lower than it is in neighboring Rwanda. The permit cost for the Exclusive Habituation Experience is 1500 USD.
The difference is 900 USD – for many, it is worth it because you have more time with the Gentle Giants of the Forest.
Over 60% of our Trekking Clients choose the Habituation Experience over Trekking because of the extras one receives while on the Habituation Experience. The same rules apply to the Gorilla habituation to the normal Trek. Distance from the gorillas is in the rules but is violated by the Gorillas and not Humans.
Comparing Gorilla Trekking with the Habituation Experience in regards to the time you have with a Group:
A normal Gorilla Trek is 3 hours plus depending on the group that you are tracking while the Gorilla Habituation Experience is longer. You are 4 hours with a Family, plus the time it takes to hike in and out to where the group is located that day. The location of any group varies by up to one kilometer a day and pre-trackers are out at the crack of dawn to find the location of the group you will be with on that day.
One hour with a Gorilla Family is a great experience, while 4 hours with a family for others is the ultimate dream. Those who are into Photography and love to take some up close pictures of the Gentle Giants of the Forest prefer the Habituation Experience over a normal Trek.
The Gorilla Habituation Experience means fewer Participants:
A normal trek takes 8 participants on the activity whereas on the Habituation Experience Trek there is a maximum of 4 participants, this means a more exclusive experience for you. You will also learn more about the Mountain Gorillas, their habits, their ways, their daily routines from the Researches and Trackers that you are with on your Trek.
Not only are there fewer participants, there is fewer porters, Rangers, support staff, making it experience that allows you to focus on what you came for, the Mountain Gorillas. There have been only words of thanks from participants in the Habituation experience that is only offered in Uganda. It is not offered in Uganda or the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This is a unique Ugandan Activity Offering.
The Location of the Gorilla Habituation Experience versus Trekking:
The Gorilla Habituation Experience takes place only in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest because Trekking is done in the Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga Areas of the park.
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda is from one location in Uganda, it is from 5 locations – 4 locations inside of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest plus Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Rushaga and Nkuringo can be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda in a mere 3 hours, while it takes longer to travel to the Buhoma or Ruhija Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Rushaga and Nkuringo areas are convenient locations if your fly into Kigali Rwanda, from there it is a three-hour drive to the southern areas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Comparing the Gorilla Habituation Experience with Gorilla Trekking – Our Take:
The Gorilla Habituation Experience since its inception has been a popular activity with our Clients, over 60% of those wanting to see the Mountain Gorillas in the wild are choosing the Gorilla Habituation Experience over normal Gorilla Trekking.
The Main Reason for their choice is the time spent with a Gorilla Family – the 4 hours versus the 1-hour trekking. There is also the smaller number of visitors (4) allowed on a Gorilla Habituation Experience versus Trekking and lastly, they like being with those involved in the Habituation Process, the insights, and knowledge that they receive from them. The cost of the Habituation Experience is a factor, but those choosing the 4-hour Experience go with the one of a kind of activity that they can be part of, where there are only 4 participants and it is a learning experience.
There are already myths in regards to the Habituation Experience. The two gorilla families are used to Humans, have been habituated for two years, you are as close to them as you are during a Gorilla Trek, Gorillas however may get closer than the rules call for, they don’t have the Internet.
Gorilla Trekking or the Gorilla Habituation Experience? The choice is yours to make if you have any questions. Please ask us and we will gladly reply to you.