How to Book gorilla habituation permits in Uganda ; Gorilla habituation experience in Uganda is an exciting gorilla trekking experience in which wild mountain gorillas are educated to become accustomed to human presence in preparation for trekking. Only in Uganda is the gorilla habituation experience possible in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The gorilla habituation tours at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park requires a team of researchers, gorilla medics, park rangers, and park guides, among others, and lasts 2 to 3 years.
Travelers interested in gorilla habituation must first get a permit, which is a legal document provided to tourists over the age of 15 that allows them to see the mountain gorillas and spend four hours with them in their natural environment.
Cost of gorilla habituation permits in Uganda
In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, gorilla habituation experience permits cost $1,500 USD per person for non-residents, $1,000 USD per person for locals, and 750,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
How you can book gorilla habituation permits in Uganda?
Gorilla habituation permits in Uganda may be obtained through a reputable tour operator, such as Explore Rwanda Tours, by contacting us with the date, month, and year you intend to visit the mountain gorillas. After you contact us, we will check for permit availability on your selected days, and if permits are available, you will be required to submit a deposit. We will acquire the permits on your behalf and give you a scanned copy of the receipt as proof as we receive the funds.
When you book gorilla habituation permits with Explore Rwanda Tours, we will not only book the permits for you, but we will also organize your entire safari, including transportation to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, accommodation where you will be staying during your safari, the services of an experienced driver guide, other activities to engage in after your gorilla habituation experience, and other destinations to visit during the safari.
What to expect on your Gorilla habituation experience in Uganda?
The gorilla habituation experience in Uganda takes place in the Rushaga sector, which is located in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and begins very early in the morning with a briefing on the laws and regulations to be followed whilst trekking. Following the briefing, you will begin a full-day trip into the rainforest, during which you will be able to see many bird species, other monkeys, and plant and tree species.
Once the gorillas are discovered, you will be permitted to spend four hours with them to study and monitor their behaviors, see their daily routines, participate in the naming process, take photographs, and record videos.
Best time to go for gorilla habituation experience in Uganda
The gorilla habituation tours in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be done at any time of year, but the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January, and February because there is less or little rainfall in the national park during this period, so access roads and gorilla trekking trails are dry and passable, making trekking easier than during the rainy season when the trails are muddy and difficult.
How to get to Bwindi impenetrable national park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda and may be reached by air travel, which will take you to Kisoro airfield and then by road to Rushaga area.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park may also be reached by road, which takes around 9 to 10 hours in a safari vehicle from Kampala to Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, and finally to Rushaga region.
You may also reach Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by flying to Kigali International Airport and then connecting to the Rushaga sector via the Cyanika border in Kisoro or the Katuna border in Kabale, which takes around 4 to 5 hours.
Contact us at Explore Rwanda Tours to book a gorilla habituation permit or check our website for various gorilla habituation packages for more information on booking gorilla habituation permits in Uganda.