Gorilla Habituation Experience

The greatest reason why gorilla habituation has become so popular since its beginning is that gorilla trekkers have more time with the great Apes in Bwindi impenetrable forest. That more time as the primary reason that over 60% of our clients chose the habituation adventure. This activity is where you are able to spend 4 hours with the gorillas and the time it takes to and from the location where the gorilla group is making it an all day trek in the Rushaga- Nkuringo area of  Bwindi impenetrable Forest.

The Gorilla Habituation trail head is in a different spot than the real normal park entrances of Rushaga or the Nkuringo, the drive time from Nkuringo is 45 minutes and less from Rushaga. The cost of Gorilla Habituation permit is $ 1500 and this allows you only 4 hours of staying with the gorillas. With the habituation, only 4 visitors are allowed per day as compared to 8 for a normal gorilla trek and there are only 2 groups that can be visited for the activity.

This is an activity that is exclusive and only a selected few can participate in. This is also a learning experience where you receive first hand insights from the researchers, trackers, rangers, conservationists who are all part of the Habituation process team. The experience can be booked in advance since there are only 4 visitors per group allowed.

In case you would like to be with the gorillas for 4 hours, you book the gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi and enjoy this lifetime adventure that you will never find it else where in the world. Please note that it is advisable to book the experience 6 months ahead, most especially if you plan to come during the peak seasons which are from July through October and December through March of the year because of the limited number of permits that are available unlike the normal gorilla trekking.

Gorilla Habituation Experience in Rushaga was featured in the national newspaper with in Dubai and this is why it has been chosen by many tourists who come to visit Uganda. The habituation experience can be booked in Uganda for 2018 and 2019. We also suggest that you book the activity at least 6 months in advance to assure your spot on this one kind of the exclusive adventure since with only 4 permits with the two groups space is so limited. This experience can only be done in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable forest in the Rushaga Area and is not available in Rwanda, or the democratic Republic of Congo.

We drive you to Rushaga- Nkuringo from Kampala or you can fly from Entebbe to Bwindi with Aero Link, you can as well fly into Kigali, Rwanda and take the 4 hours plus an hour drive to Rushaga for the habituation experience trek. If you have a plan of a longer safari in Uganda, we can change any gorilla trekking safari into a habituation experience safari where you are allowed 4 hours with a gorilla family.

You spend 4 hours with the gorillas instead of one hour; you start at 7:30 at the gorilla habituation trail head and then return in the late afternoon. Your day begins with briefing from Uganda Wildlife Authority staff and the Research. There are two groups being habituated in 2018 and they are the Bikingi and Bushabo groups. The group you will be with is selected with your input on the day of the habituation. The experience is limited to 4 participants as compared with the 8 for the normal gorilla trekking.  You get to spend 4 hours with a gorilla family habituated instead of 1 hour. The same requirements, rules and regulations for gorilla trekking visits apply to the habituation experience. The clothing’s are the same for both the habituation and the normal trek.

How to book for a gorilla habituations permit; the minimum age of 15 applies as it is for the normal gorilla trekking in Uganda. We shall book your gorilla Habituation experience in Rushaga area in Bwindi forest at 1,500 USD as part of the safari you have chosen with us. We will let you know within one working day as to the availability of the Gorilla Habituation Permit. Bookings for the habituation experience permits must be done well in advance due to the limited number of participants allowed each day and the interest in the activity by Visitors to Uganda.  Habituation Experience Permits are automatically included in your safari with us. The passport information is also required for the permits and it costs $1500 including the park entrances fee for the whole day.

We have also put together the information you need to know about the gorilla Habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable forest in Uganda. Along with the helpful tips and advice . The information is not stale or out-dated but will reflect any changes should they occur. The experience in Rushaga area of Bwindi forest is still big unknown to many our Informational Page removes the misconceptions you might have about the Experience.  If your questions are not answered – please contact us and we will be glad to be of help.