Gorilla Habituation experience is simply known as the act of training wild gorillas in order to be used to sight people. This type of Gorilla experience involves different groups of people to trek for habituation. There different people involved; the trekkers, rangers, researchers and many more. The habituation experience of gorillas takes about 2 to 3 years training so that Mountain Gorillas learn how to live close to human beings.

Gorilla Habituation in Rushaga, Bwindi Uganda

This is a learning process which is presented by Uganda Wildlife Authority on a small scale. This experience is restricted to a group of four people per group for each day. The booking for this kind of activity should done in a period of 6 months to the actual habituation day. Gorilla habituation takes place for 4 hours in the environment of Mountain Gorillas.


A gorilla habituation permit costs $1500 for each person while Gorilla trekking costs 600$ USD. This type of experience is hardly seen. Its only in Uganda at the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. There are close 11 habituated groups that include Mubare, Rushegura, Habinyanja, Rushegura these are all found at Buhoma, Rushaga in the South has different groups including Busingye, Nshonji, Kahungye, Bweza, Mishaya an Nkuringo gorilla  family. In the East part of the parking Ruhija there other gorilla families like the Kyaguriro, Bitukura,Oruzogo families. There only two groups that are available for habituation these include the Nkuringo and Rushaga.

Habituation helps people to understand Gorillas deeper and individual, to experience their behaviors, at this point of training they can even name a single one of them. When the group is ready after all the research with the presence of people exercise is done in away to prove their facts. Gorillas do this exercise which includes scientists, after this group is ready for trekking.

Bwindi impenetrable forest is a close encounter in the ancient rainforest in the Gorilla highlands of Uganda. There few Gorilla habituation experience permits .The experience one has to plan a head of it. This experience gives you more time to live close with the mountain Gorillas. The Gorilla habituation experience is very different from that of trekking. The process of two years and longer. This experience is limited and only available for habituation. This experience can be done in Uganda. Habituation takes for a period of four hours one living close and training gorillas in Uganda. Gorilla permits make Gorilla trekking very expensive although it’s worth the price. This experience can be encountered with 4 visitors instead of 8 people; this experience takes place with trekkers and researchers. Mountain Gorilla families there only two the Bushaho family and Bikingi which you can spend 4 hours with  an all day trek. Mountain Gorilla trekking is a life time experience. Explain the difference on what is best for you if one need one hour with the Gorillas then Gorilla trekking is for you. In case one needs more time with the Mountain Gorillas an experience their day to day life Dina Tours will be ready to give you the best experience.

Best time for Gorilla habituation experience

Gorillas are inhabited in Bwindi Natural Forest, Bwindi is a rain forest and it can rain all year round and any time of day or night. However Uganda experiences two seasons throughout the year the dry and high season, so one has to do this activity at the right time of the year. If a tourist  wants to go for habituation  its either dry or high season, one needs to book in advance  to plan a head of your Gorilla habituation experiences that is at least 6 Months before  ones planned  safari, one has he/she obtains a permit. Bwindi impenetrable Forest .The best time of the year for gorilla habituation is the same time as that of Gorilla trekking. The months range from December through March and June throughout October.

South Bwindi Forest  is one of the ways of getting to Rushaga and Nkuringo,areas for Gorilla Habituation Experince.one wil drive from  Entebbe or Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National park ,it’s a long drive which can take approximmt to 10 hours,however the drive may be broken down by visiting other national park  including lake Mburo,Kibale which can help to cut down the long drive and time.one has tofly  fromEntebbe with Aarolink in case one needs to make the journey easier.  One can as can fly from Kigali and do Gorilla .Drive 3hours to Rushaga-Nkuringo Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to encounter with the amazing Mountain Gorillas  Habituation experience. There few Gorilla habituation experience that are listed on the link on the site.the safari with Gorilla trekking   can easily be changed to habituation experience. Gorilla habituation experience permits are best paid immediately  upon booking for gorilla trekking safari.

Things to carry along for your Gorilla habituation Experience Trek

Day pack, Lunch, snacks, 3 liters of bottled water, long trousers, hat, bottled water, long-sleeved shirt, gardening gloves,Mosquitoes,ants,flies,we consider you to wear those cloths for comfort. We recommend  tourists to use a walking stick other services include porter. After briefing, you are ready to set for Gorilla habituation experience. There Rules to follow for the safety of Gorilla habituation experience  as same as for Gorilla trekking. One shouldn’t infect the Gorillas with any health issues, ill people are to cancel the habituation experience  or decide to keep a distance, Other things to avoid include the following, no drinking or eating in front of the Gorillas, no smoking,do not make noise calm down when a Gorilla approaches you.a recent study says that Gorillas can easily die of a common cold.

People who are fit for Gorilla Habituation Experience

There are people who are willing to fulfil their life time desire to trek the Mountain Gorillas or encounter for the habituation experience one of them was a 94 year old woman in 2013 who fulfilled her lifetime dream  to trek the Mountain Gorillas. She was carried on a stretcher by guides until finally she was face to face with the Mountain Gorillas. Most of people who go for Gorilla trekking or habituation are energetic ,however we usually have clients of 80 years old and are just fine to go.one of the rules to trek the Gorillas one should be in physical  shape  and fitness  to trek the Gorillas experience.

For those who require to trek with strength and stamina Nkuringo Gorilla group is way to go since one has to ascend and descend 600 at the beginning and end of the trek.However if one gets tired there are porters that can be used to carry daypack and walking sticks that are provided and available for guests. Uganda and Rwanda have hard  and simple  groups to trek ,Book with s to arrange the best that suites you according to your ability.

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