1 Day Gorilla Habituation Experience

Trip overview

This 1 Day gorilla habituation tour is a lifetime experience which give you chance to spend four hours with wild gorillas during your stay at Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort. The 1-Day habituation experience entails travelers hiking along rangers, gorilla doctors and researchers training wild gorillas to make them ready for trekking. The experimental activity is the first step that all gorillas go through before they are opened to travelers for trekking.  Gorilla Habituation experience takes place in Rushaga sector south of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.  Bushaho and Bikyingi gorilla families are currently undergoing habituation. Only 4 people are allowed in the habituation experience hence 8 permits available each day.  The permit for gorilla habituation experience costs $1500 allowing travelers to spend four hours in presence of the gorillas. Gorilla habituation is experimental in that travelers imitate the wild behaviors of gorillas such as eating vegetation and walking on arms. The 7-meter distance is highly encouraged to avoid close contact with the wild gorillas. More so, Rushaga sector is also home to other 5 habituated gorilla groups available for trekking. These include Kahungye, Nshongi, Bweza, Busingye and Mishaya gorilla family.

Gorilla Habituation Experience

You will have an early breakfast at Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort, get your packed lunch and drive to Rushaga sector for gorilla habituation experience. The day starts with a briefing on the rules and regulations of the experience by Park rangers and registration.  If there are other travelers, you will be split into two groups each comprised of 4 travelers. Each group is given one gorilla family to visit. At 8:00am begin on the trek to search for the wild gorillas! Whereas you are only allowed to spend four hours with the gorillas, you can spend over 7 hours in the jungle depending on where gorillas will be located and the hiking speed of the slowest person in your group. Enjoy four hours in the company of the gorillas, learn their social behaviors and take pictures to take home. You will then transfer back to Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort for an overnight Stay

End of the 1 Day gorilla habitation experience.

Tour inclusions

  • Full time English speaking guide
  • Mountain gorilla habituation permit
  • Packed lunch
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Transport in a 4×4 wheel drive
  • All activities included in the itinerary
  • Government taxes
  • Miscellaneous

Tour Cost Exclusions

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Extra activities not included in the itinerary
  • Driver Tips
  • Other expenses of personal nature
  • International flights
  • Visa fees