You will journey through thick undergrowth searching for a particular gorilla family as your expedition will be fronted by experienced forest guides from the Uganda wildlife authority carrying with them AK47 guns for protection. They use their timely developed skills to picking up clues left behind along the trail through the forest.
After a challenging trek through the foliage you will eventually reach the gorillas that will be on the forest floor either feeding or grooming. The guides will lead you as you approach the gorilla family so as to avoid sudden charges from the protecting silverback male. Gorilla habituation is a process where wild mountain gorillas are tamed to get used to people (Not actual definition). Gorilla Habituation process may take from anywhere between two to three years to be completed and during this time, researchers keep on visiting an identified Wild gorilla family on a daily routine. They get to learn more about individual gorillas and the way they behave. With time, these gorillas get used to these researchers and in the long run, each individual gorilla is given a name. Once researchers are sure that these mountain gorillas can be trekked, they then introduce a mock exercise where some few people who may include scientists, journalists start visiting it. Once such a gorilla family has passed mock exercise, then it is opened for trekking.
You will stay amongst the gorilla family, watching as they slowly relax to the presence of humans. Still not fully habituated, it is only through this time-intensive approach that they will eventually become fully comfortable in the presence of humans.
With hours to watch and listen to the gorillas as they eat, play and groom one another, this is a fantastic opportunity to sock yourself in their world. Watch the intricacies of the social hierarchy unfold; see surprisingly human patterns of behavior develop and observe the unending consumption of plant matter that is necessary to sustain these powerful creatures.
Bwindi Impenetrable forest has about eleven habituated gorilla families which include Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura in the Northwestern section of the park called Buhoma. the families include Bitukura, Oruzogo and Kyaguriro in the Eastern Part of Bwindi in Ruhija. Nshonji, Mishaya, Busingye, Bweza, Kahungye in Rushaga and then Nkuringo Gorilla Family all in the south. All gorilla tracking permits are permissions are attained from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Two gorilla families have been put aside for gorilla habituation experience and are located in the Nkuringo and Rushaga side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
REASON FOR MOUNTAIN GORILLA HABITUATION
Unlike the usual gorilla trekking, the gorilla habituation experience offers something far more immersive, complex and powerful. The unrushed nature of the habituation trek allows for a far more relaxed appreciation of the everyday gorilla family life that unfold amongst trackers. But it also presents photographers with the time they need to capture the perfect shot, making this ideal for those seeking to photograph gorillas.
4 days mountain gorilla habituation safari Uganda.
Day 1: Entebbe to Kampala
Meet and greet then travel from the Entebbe International Airport and brought to Kampala City. You are then taken to your hotel to rest or take a trip around Kampala and visit places the Uganda Museum or head to the market to do some shopping.
Accommodation: Kampala Sheraton Hotel or Kampala Serena Hotel.
Day 2: To Bwindi forest national park
Early after you’ve had your breakfast, you are transferred from Kampala to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. There is not much you can see on this day but you may perhaps make a few stopovers and later in the evening after arrival go for a nature walk.
Accommodation: The Chameleon Hill Lodge or Mutanda Lake Resort.
Day 3: mountain gorilla habituation safari Uganda
After your breakfast head for Rushaga where you are to have your Mountain Gorilla Habituation Experience and also other activities that are optional. Later on, head back to your hotel for meals and relaxation.
Day 4: Travel back to Kampala
Travel from Bwindi back to Kampala for your international flight.
What to bring
Long sleeved shirts and trousers.
Water proof backpack.
Snacks, lunch and enough drinking water.
Clients will be staying in Mahogany Springs, Silverback Lodge or Buhoma Lodge depending on room availability.
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