WHAT IS GORILLA HABITUATION IN UGANDA
Gorilla Habituation experience has no actual definition. However, it is a simple process of training or introducing wild mountain gorillas to the sight of human beings. Gorilla habituation involves a group of people like travelers, researchers, conservationists, and park rangers. Gorilla habituation takes approximately 2 to 3 years to train the wild mountain gorilla families being habituated. Gorilla habituation only has a maximum of two permits per day, so travelers interested in Gorilla habituation must book six months before their travel date. Gorilla habituation only takes place in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi.
Unlike normal gorilla trekking which limits travelers’ interaction with the endangered mountain gorillas to only an hour, Gorilla Habituation allows travelers to stay with gorillas for at most 4 hours. Travelers spend more time with these great giant apes; gorilla habituation costs US$1500 per person, while normal trekking costs US$700.
Gorilla trekking experience can be also available in Rwanda at Volcanoes national park and or the Democratic Republic of Congo at Virunga national park, while in Uganda Gorilla experiences at the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where close to 11 mountain gorilla families are being habituated and ready for trekking. Ugandan gorilla families include Habinyanja gorilla family, Mubare gorilla family, and Rushegura gorilla family located in Buhoma, Mishaya gorilla family, Bweza gorilla family, Nshonji gorilla family, Kahungye gorilla family, Busingye gorilla family all located in Rushaga sector of Bwindi, and the Nkuringo gorilla group. Oruzogo gorilla group, Kyaguriro gorilla group, and Bitukura Gorilla family situated in the Ruhija sector