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Gorilla trekking is unquestionably one of the unique and a must do tourist activity for tourists coming to Rwanda and Uganda. The choice as to whether to trek in Rwanda or Uganda has been much discussed and depends so much on client’s interests, budget and time at his/her disposal. Having selected Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park and or Volcanoes National park in Uganda, one of rarely asked question is whether to choose a newly or old habituated gorilla families. In this article, we will concentrate on advantages and disadvantages of choosing newly or old habituated gorilla families in either Rwanda or Uganda.

Trekking newly or old habituated gorilla families

Mountain gorilla habituation is a process of making wild mountain gorilla families friendly to humans (not real definition). This process takes from two to three years to make wild gorillas friendly to people. Researchers will visit these identified wild gorilla families on a daily basis, observing their behaviors until time comes when they are confident that tourists can indeed visit them for tourism purposes. At first, a mock tour will be conducted to make sure that mountain gorillas are ready for trekking. Once all is proved that a gorilla family has been fully habituated, then it will be opened for gorilla trekking.

In Uganda, there many families that were habituated first and are preferred basing on the fact that they could be friendly to people/tourists. These include Mubare gorilla family which was the first gorilla family to be habituated in Bwindi Impenetrable National park in Uganda. Newly habituated gorilla families in Uganda include Oruzogo and kyaguriro in Ruhija, Busigye, Kahungye and Bweza in Rushaga region southern Bwindi National Park. The whole truth is that whether one treks a newly or old habituated gorilla family, the experience will be extra ordinally much as it is believed that old habituated gorilla families tend to be very friendly to humans. If you have a special interest in any given mountain gorilla families, please contact us at the time of booking and we will advise on you the procedure to trek such gorilla families.

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