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Uganda’s four hour gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is likely to become an important selling point for Uganda gorilla safaris come 2018-2019. With Rwanda increasing the price of a gorilla permit from USD750.00 to USD1500.00, more tourists are now looking at Uganda as the best option for affordable gorilla trekking safaris in a region that is composed of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo (when it comes to mountain gorilla habitats). Its basically common sense that unless otherwise, one would be willing to pay USD1500.00 for the four hour gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga than paying the same amount (USD1500) in Rwandas’ Volcanoes National Park only to spend one hour with habituated mountain gorillas. Worth still, it also make sense to instead spend USD600.00 in Uganda for a one hour gorilla trekking moment with mountain gorillas than in Rwanda where it is at the moment very expensive.

Having seen that indeed the four hour gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga is likely to become Uganda’s top selling point in 2018-2019 but as we try to compete with Rwanda, there is need to prove that it is indeed value for money. While Rwanda is trying to promote and position herself as an upmarket and luxury destination, Uganda should on the other hand prove to those that will pay USD1500.00 that indeed, they will get value for money.

Ways of improving on the four hour gorilla habituation experience in Uganda

Rwanda has been leading the way in creating an everlasting experience for those that track gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. When you arrive at Kiningi, before the start of your gorilla trek, you are welcomed and entertained by well-trained cultural groups and a cup of tea or coffee. This exposes you to the culture and hospitality of the Rwandese as you wait for briefing. All this is none existent in Uganda’s gorilla trekking. In order to spice up the four hour gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga, Uganda wildlife Authority should also think of providing some tea/coffee and entertain the visitors with some cultural dances. Instead of using the usual normal guides for briefing, Uganda wildlife Authority could for example employ or use Park Wardens to do the briefing. This would make the visitors to feel special and realize that they money has been well spent. Another way of improving on the four hour gorilla habituation experience is by employing or engaging icons in the gorilla conservation campaign. Imagine if visitors that booking the four hour gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga were to be guided by award winning lady Gladys Kalema?? What would be the impact? Imagine if visitors were treated to a cocktail party at the end of their trek as they wait to be awarded their certificates? All these innovations could actually cost less than USD100.00 pp off the USD1500.00 that is charged for the gorilla habituation permit. We at Encounter Africa Safaris strongly believe that Uganda is moving in the right direction and while the four hour gorilla habitiation experience in Rushaga gives value for money when compared to Rwanda’s gorilla trekking, we can still do better than the present.

How to book this four hour gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga, Bwindi

This four hour gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the newest innovation by Uganda Wildlife Authority targeting visitors that have less time but want to spend more time with mountain gorillas under habituation. Two gorilla families located in the southern parts of Bwindi have been reserved for this four gorilla habituation experience. Its thus better and cheaper to book a gorilla habituation experience safaris rather than multiple normal gorilla treks either in Uganda or Rwanda. For more information about gorilla habituation experience safaris, how to book permits, accommodation and transport to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, please do contact Encounter Africa Safaris and we will provide information that you can rely on to make the best out of your planned gorilla habituation experience safari in Uganda.

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