3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Habituation safari experience
With mountain gorilla habituation experience visitors are guaranteed to spend 4 hours with the gorillas unlike the normal gorilla trek where visitors only have one hour with the gorillas upon encounter. With this activity of habituation, gorillas are well trained to get used to human presence and this is carried out for a period of 3 years and from there the groups are declared for normal tracking.
Clients who opt for the habituation experience are strongly advised to observe the rules and guidelines set by the Uganda wildlife Authority for trekking as sometimes the gorillas may turn out to be wild.
Gorilla habituation is only carried out in the Sothern Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable forest (Rushaga area) . Apparently, only 2 families of Bushaho and Bikyingi are being trained for the experience to be officially launched soon for tracking .
It is strictly 4 visitors per day for each family for a total of 8 visitors and tourists are advised to have their habituation permits reserved in advance due to the demand and each permit costs (Usd) $1500. Our gorilla habituation package is all inclusive and we take care of the habituation permit reservations.
Bwindi gorilla habituation trip itinerary 3 days.
Day 1: Travel to Bwindi impenetrable park
A representative from Insights safari Holidays will pick you from your accommodation at 7am , brief you about your habituation safari and off to Bwindi. It is approximately 540km / 9 hours of driving to the Southern sector. The drive is quite long but worth it with much more to see on the way. You may even see the zebras and impalas grazing in Lake Mburo park. You will have a stopover at the equator for photography and the experiment and another stopover in Mbarara town for lunch.
Continue with your journey arriving your accommodation in the evening. A relaxed evening and overnight at Rushaga gorilla Camp, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge , Gorilla safari lodge,
Gorillas lodge or Exclusive luxury Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge.
Day 2: Gorilla Habituation Day
This morning marks the highlight of your Uganda safari with early breakfast at your accommodation then get ready to be transferred to briefing point. After briefing, you will head to the starting point for your trek through the densely, steep jungle forest. One has to be physically fit for a successful trekking experience and this may take 3/8 hours or whole day. Depending on where you will be allocated for your trek, you may start the trek from the park headquarters or drive to a starting point into the forest. After finding the gorillas, you are only allowed to view them for 1 hour and you can take videos or photos for your encounter with the gorillas. Take note that feeding mountains gorillas is prohibited and flash photography.
After the experience, you will make the trek back through the forest as you reminiscent about this once in a lifetime wildlife encounter. A leisurely evening at your lodge and overnight stay.
Day 3: Return to Kampala .
A relaxed breakfast and this will mark your last day in Bwindi as you prepare to travel back to Kampala with lunch en route and a stopover at the equator if you missed it on the day 1. You will be dropped at your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe and if you have a flight this evening better to be dropped at the Airport.