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Gorilla habituation experience is the newest product on market designed by Uganda Wildlife Authority to enhance the experience and allow tourists to spend more time with mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Still at mock stage, this involves spending time with researchers and habituators in the forest. In this article we bring you frequently asked questions about gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National park

Facts about gorilla habituation experience

Why is gorilla habituation experience not included in UWA Tariffs

Gorilla habituation experience is currently not included in UWA tariffs because it is under mock stage. Currently it costs USD1500.00 per person and when this is approved, it will be included in UWA tariffs.

How long do you spend with gorillas during gorilla habituation experience

If you book a permit for gorilla habituation, you will allowed to spend four hours with mountain gorillas under habituation. These four hours excludes the time you spend to reach the gorillas.

When does gorilla habituation experience start?

Unlike gorilla trekking which starts at 8:30 am, mountain gorilla habituation starts at 7:30am and briefing is done much earlier.

Can I do gorilla habituation experience in any region of Bwindi

Gorilla habituation experience is currently possible in Rushaga located on the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It is thus not possible in Buhoma or Ruhija side of the forest. This is because currently, it is only in Rushaga that we have two mountain gorilla families being habituated as compared to other regions which do not have gorilla families under habituation. For those interested in this experience should be ready to go to the south and book accommodation closer to Rushaga since this activity requires an early start.

What is included in gorilla habituation experience permit

This includes rangers, researchers and spending four hours with mountain gorillas under habituation. It also includes park entrance fees for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

How different is gorilla trekking from gorilla habituation?

There so many differences between gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation. Gorilla trekking costs USD600.00 and you get to spend only one hour with habituated mountain gorillas. Gorilla habituation costs USD1500.00 allowing you to spend four hours with mountain gorillas still under habituation. It only takes place in regions that have mountain gorillas under habituation and as of now, its only in Rushaga where new gorilla groups of Bikingi and Bushaho are under habituation.

What is the minimum age for gorilla habituation experience

The minimum age for gorilla habituation is 15 years and above and all the book guildlines are same as those for gorilla trekking. In terms of numbers, gorilla habituation is limited to only six people

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