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Interested in the difference between Bwindi four hour gorilla trek and one hour gorilla trek? Welcome to Encounter Africa safaris resource department where we elaborate and provide accurate and reliable information about gorilla trekking in both Uganda and Rwanda. There has been many questions asked regarding the difference between bwindi four gorilla trekking and one hour gorilla trek being offered in Uganda. In this article, we will try to explain the main difference between the two. Please note that ideas discussed here act as guidelines to help all those interested in trekking Uganda gorillas make decisions based on reliable and researched information.

Describing the difference between bwindi four hour gorilla trek and one hour gorilla trek

It should be noted that since 1993 when the first group of trekked mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, both Uganda and Rwanda were offering a one hour gorilla trek to see and photograph habituated mountain gorillas. It’s on record that Mubare gorilla family located in the northern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Buhoma region) was the first gorilla group to be habituated and opened up for this one hour gorilla trek experience. This one hour gorilla trek experience commonly known as the normal gorilla trekking allows tourists to see or observe gorillas for one hour. While the trek itself can take up to 30 minutes or three quarters of the day, the actual stay with a given family of mountain gorillas is restricted to only one hour. In this one hour, tourists are assigned a ranger, a guide who take them for the trek in the forest.

About bwindi four hour gorilla trek experience

Uganda has been leading all the three countries that offer gorilla watching experiences this time by introducing an experience which offers up to four hours with mountain gorillas. This four hour gorilla trek popularly known as gorilla habituation experience was introduced to cater for those that have less time but want to spend more hours with mountain gorillas. Gorilla habituation experience which only takes place in Uganda allows tourists to visit some of the mountain gorilla families still under habituation. Gorilla habituation is the process where researchers and experts train gorillas to become friendly to human beings. In this process, or when you book this four hour gorilla habituation experience, you will not only see or observe gorillas but you will also participate in activities geared toward making wild mountain gorillas friendly to human beings. Such activities exclusively done in this four hour gorilla trek experience are making calls, testing specimens, gorilla naming, behaviors of mountain gorillas under habituation as you listen to informative talks from researchers. Thus the main difference between bwindi four hour gorilla and one hour gorilla trek is mainly the number of hours spent with mountain gorillas and the experience gained. You can take advantage of our 3 day one hour gorilla trek to Bwindi or our 3 day four hour gorilla trek safari to Bwindi

Bwind four hour gorilla trek and one hour gorilla trek cost or price

The other difference between bwindi four hour gorilla trek and one hour gorilla trek is the price of permits. For the four hour gorilla trek, a permit costs USD1500 while for the one hour gorilla trek, it costs USD600 per person per trek. Its this gorilla permit purchased or secured that will guarantee four or one hour with mountain gorillas. This gorilla permit normally includes seeing gorillas, a range guide and park fees. Encounter Africa safaris can help to book for you a trip to spend either four hours or one hour if you book one our all inclusive Uganda gorilla tours to see gorillas. The above gorilla permits are sold of first come first serve by Uganda Wildlife Authority head office in Kampala.

Difference between bwindi four hour gorilla trek and one hour gorilla trek maximum numbers

Gorilla habituation experience where one has a chance to spend four hours with mountain gorillas in Bwindi is limited to only four people unless otherwise. The normal one hour gorilla trek is limited to a maximum 8 people per gorilla family. There over 13 gorilla families and about 2 gorilla families for the one hour and four hour gorilla trek experience respectively. Due to the few permits available daily and competition, one is reminded to book his or her gorilla permit in advance to avoid shortage. Gorilla trekking in Uganda whether for four hours or one hour is becoming very competitive due to the fact that the price of Rwanda gorilla permits for one hour were increased to USD1500 so people prefer coming to Uganda where permits are still at USD600. Others would rather participate in Bwindi’s four hour gorilla trek at USD1500.00 than paying the same USD1500 to spend one hour with gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park.

The other difference between bwindi four hour gorilla trek and one hour gorilla trek is that gorilla habituation experience only takes place in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Rushaga and Nkuringo. Two mountain gorilla families have been put aside for gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga and Nkuringo. So those interested in bwindi four hour gorilla trek should contact Encounter Africa safaris to book for them permits and accommodation in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The normal gorilla trek that gives people one hour with mountain gorillas takes place in all four regions of Bwindi where about 13 families have been fully habituated for gorilla trekking. These regions include Buhoma in the north, Ruhija in the East, Rushaga and Nkuringo in the north. Each region has about 3 or more gorilla families and permit allocation is done on the very day of trek where physical fitness and interests of individual tourists are put into consideration.

Many questions have been asked about the chances of seeing gorillas when one books a four hour gorilla trek. Many fear that because gorilla families allocated to gorilla habituation experience are not yet fully habituated, chances may be limited. This is just a myth and all the people that have participated in this activity have 100% seen and enjoyed seeing mountain gorillas and highly recommended it to their friends. For more information about the difference between bwindi four hour gorilla trek and one hour gorilla trek and how to book gorilla safaris to bwindi, do not hesitate to contact Encounter Africa safaris which highly recommended on Trip Advisor and Safari Bookings.

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