Gorilla trekking is an activity where visitors get a chance to meet mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and have an eye-to-eye encounter with primates. Before opening a gorilla family to visitors for trekking, there is a process of studying and conditioning the primates to become accustomed to human interaction once encountered in the forest. Currently, gorilla habituation is underway in Uganda, specifically in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, where two gorilla families, Bikyingi and Bushaho, are undergoing this process. You can opt for a short and cost-efficient safari to observe the gorillas in the midst of their habituation process in the country, accessible through gorilla habituation experiences from Kigali
Four visitors are allowed to visit each family every day along with a team of gorilla doctors, and conservationists. The gorilla habituation team must visit gorilla families undergoing habituation each day with or without visitors.
For a specified fee of $1500, you have the opportunity to engage in gorilla habituation from Kigali. During your gorilla encounter in Rushaga, you will have the privilege of spending four hours with the gorillas after locating them on the trekking date. Therefore book your gorilla trekking permit in time approximately 3-4 months before to get a chance to experience this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Please provide us with your trekking dates, including the month and year, as well as your names. This information will enable us to assist you in arranging and processing your permit. Upon payment, you will receive scanned copies of the permit as both proof and security for your reserved dates for the experience.
On a short vacation, you can easily land in Kigali and transfer to the Rushaga sector of Bwindi’s impenetrable National Park for your gorilla experience than a long drive on the road from Kampala/Entebbe where you need approximately 8-9 hours’ drive to get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Opting for gorilla habituation from Kigali offers you a unique opportunity for double trekking. You can embark on gorilla trekking in the hills of Volcanoes National Park, then cross over to Uganda to experience the gorilla habituation process, an activity not available in Rwanda. Additionally, you’ll have the chance to visit renowned sites in both Uganda and Rwanda.
The gorilla habituation experience is available throughout the year, from January to December. However, the most amazing time for gorilla habituation experience is in the dry season of June, July, August, and mid-September, December to February. During this season, there is less rainfall and the trail tends to be less slippery making the gorilla habituation easier. Travelers are advised to keep calm, in their groups and at a distance of 7 meters away from mountain gorillas. This is to prevent the spread of human-wildlife communicable diseases, which are deadly to gorillas. The hiking time to see gorillas may be short or long depending on the location of a gorilla family and the speed of their movements.
Include a variety of items on your pack list in order not to be inconvenienced by Afro-Montane terrains characterized by mist and rainy moments at any given time/Season on your trek. Endeavor to carry items like hiking boots to ease movements in the slippery muddy forest grounds, gardening gloves, rain jackets for the unpredictable forest weather, sunglasses and hats to protect from direct sun, long-sleeved trousers and shirts, Binoculars, Cameras and maintain some level of physical fitness before you travel to enable you on your hike in search for the Gentle Ape.
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