WHAT IS GORILLA TREKKING HABITUATION EXPERIENCE IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK-UGANDA
Mountain Gorilla Trekking Habituation Experience is an act of training wild mountain gorillas to become used to the sight of humans. It consists of different groups of people, such as conservationists, tourists, researchers, and rangers, who monitor and learn about the behavior of these giant apes closely.
Mountain gorilla habituation experience was just recently presented on a small scale by the Uganda Wildlife Authority as a stable tourism activity. The gorilla habituation experience restricts the number of travelers to a maximum of 4 people per day; thus, bookings for this mountain gorilla habituation should be made prior to the travel date.
Mountain gorilla experience limits one’s interaction with the giant apes since travelers only spend an hour with mountain gorillas, while mountain Gorilla Habituation allows travelers to spend four hours with mountain gorillas as they learn, study, and monitor everything that mountain gorillas do, such as how they feed their offspring, how they play, and how they move.
A mountain gorilla habituation experience does not exist in Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of the Congo; a mountain gorilla habituation encounter is only done in Uganda at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Uganda habituates about 11 mountain gorilla groups that can be ready to be studied by travelers, such groups include, Mishaya gorilla group, Bweza gorilla group, Nshongi gorilla group, Kahungye gorilla group, and Busingye gorilla group, these groups can found in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Mubare gorilla group, Habinyanja gorilla group, and Rushegura gorilla group which are located in Buhoma sector, North of the park, Nkuringo gorilla group, Oruzogo, Kyaguriro, and Bitukura Gorilla groups.
However, with all these mountain gorilla groups, only two—Rushaga and Nkuringo—were set aside and available for gorilla habituation experiences. During the mountain gorilla habituation process, travelers, conservationists, rangers, and researchers understand mountain gorillas deeper on an individual basis, know gorilla behaviors, and name them one by one. At the end of this experience, researchers can easily tell whether wild gorillas are okay in the presence of people, and a mock test is done in order to prove their facts.