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Gorilla Habituation experience is whereby a group of tourists trek into the forests with game rangers, trackers and guides in search for the mountain gorillas. When they encounter them, they spend 4 hours instead of the normal four hours with these apes.

Gorilla habituation experience gives gorilla trekkers a more lively trekking experience as they spend more hours with the apes than the normal gorilla trekking experience. It’s an experience of limited openings to involve but it’s the most astonishing encounter every ape fanatic would love to consider taking. Not like the famous gorillas trekking which last for just an hour but gorilla habituation experience is an astonishing daily responsibility where trekker spend almost a full day with the gorilla.

There is no clear definition that explains Gorilla habituation but it simply means training the gorillas that they become used to human presence. This process of gorilla habituation was started by Dian Fossey who was an American primatologist who submission the rest of her life to live and conserve the gorillas in hilly northern of Rwanda’s famous Volcanoes National Park. Although sad enough she was killed by the so called poachers who were against his works. Dian Fossey took enough time studying the apes and realized that gorillas are shy apes which would shy away on seeing human and  this prompted her getting alternatives of having getting close to the gorillas. Dian could follow the gorillas on a daily basis until she could have a close-up encounter which confirmed the habituation process. She stayed with these endangered apes for a period of over 18 years.

The habituation proceeds from the place where a certain group is first seen and continues following the gorillas for a period of less than 3 years. Gorillas are known to be endangered species mentioned on the IUNC red list of endangered species endemic to only the volcanic rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the great Virunga Conservation Area which extends to three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. However, though gorilla trekking is commonly done it all the gorilla parks, gorilla habituation experience is limited. Many gorilla trekkers who are interested should pay $1500 for this activity and spend at least 4 hours with these apes while studding their behaviors

The exercise of gorilla habituation is done by trained primatologists, researchers and rangers to ensure that they get used to human presence before the families are set and ready for trekking experience.

How much is the gorilla habituation experience

Gorilla habituation experience is a unique adventure experience where trekkers have more hours before the gorillas. This makes the experience over replication gorilla trekking costs, for the experience the permit costs US$1500/person. Gorilla habituation is more expensive compared to trekking which costs US$700/person. The cost of gorilla habituation experience in Uganda stand to compete with the permit to trek in Rwanda, however, habituation experience is an adventure experience of its kind not done elsewhere in the world.

How is the gorilla habituation experience done?

The habituation experience calls for a little number of trekkers as only 4 trekkers accompany research and roll into the impenetrable forest to trek the species. This time around trekker have more 4 hours before the gorillas on encountering the apes and there a lot of things to do at this moment. Remembers gorillas under habituations are under study to understand which includes a number of activities among which include naming the gorillas, studying their daily behaviors and this time even tourists are engaged to take part in the habituation activities.


Where to do gorilla habituation experience

Mountain gorilla trekking is famously done from the 4 known gorilla parks these include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park found in the south western part of Uganda, Volcanoes National Park found in the northern part of Rwanda and Virunga National Park of Democratic Republic of Congo. However, for the gorilla habituation experience it remained only in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where trekkers get chance to spend almost a full day with the gorillas no else anywhere in other gorilla parks.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park the world’s capital of mountain gorillas accommodating over half of the population referencing to the last gorilla census of 2019 which indicated that Bwindi hosted 459 and showed by then there was 1063 mountain gorillas in the wild. Bwindi Impenetrable national park is known for hosting the highest number of habituated gorilla families with over 18 families available for trekking daily. Yes, at the park there is one family available for gorilla habituation experience only in Rushaga trekking sector.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has 4 trekking sectors including the Nkuringo sector the most hectic and adventurous trekking sector in the southwestern of Bwindi, Ruhija sector, Rushaga and Buhoma sector in the north of Bwindi which also hosts the headquarters of the park. However, among the four sectors Rushage has stood to be the only sector that offer Gorilla Habituation Experience around the world. So, Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the only adventure spot to do gorilla habituation experience.

What to carry for the gorilla habituation experience?

The first consideration should be procuring the gorilla habituation permit, should drive in the stronger 4×4 safari vehicle as roads may be challenging especially during rainy seasons. Among the packages should consist of

Long sleeved shirt and trouser

Must carry body repellant

Enough drinking water

Enough eats,

Gardening gloves

Water proof jacket

Stronger jungle boots.