Gorilla habituation means training the gorillas to get used to the presence of human beings without causing any change in their behavior. This trip gives you a chance to take part in the training and naming of Gorillas with a team of researchers from UWA. Gorilla habituation gives you much more time with the gorillas than gorilla tracking and only happens in Bwindi at the moment.
Details of the itinerary
Day 1: Arrival and departure to Bwindi
You will be picked from the airport by a smiling local guide/driver and immediately transfer to Bwindi. Bwindi is found in Kabale district in the south west of Uganda and will take you 7-9 hours to arrive at Bwindi. Enjoy great views of the pearl of Africa as you drive to the south west of Uganda through Masaka, Mbarara and Kabale. You will have a stopover at Igongo Cultural center for lunch as you proceed to Bwindi arriving in the late evening hours. Check in to the lodge have dinner and overnight
Day 2: Gorilla Habituation experience
Just like the case with Gorilla tracking, you will rise up very early in the morning, have your breakfast and head to the park headquarters for briefing before you hit the jungle to search for the gorillas. Look out for several bird species as you trek these forest giants. After meeting a gorilla family under habituation, you will be allowed to spend four hours with them as you learn their behavior and participate in the training of these primates. You will later return to the lodge for refreshment and dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Return to Kampala/Entebbe
After your breakfast in the morning, you will embark on the journey back to Kampala, there will be a stopover at Igongo cultural center for lunch and for an encounter with the Ankole culture. You will later proceed to Kampala with another stop over at the equator for photo moments and for some shopping of the African crafts for memories.
End of the tour
Tour cost Includes
- Gorilla Habituation permit at USD1500.00 per person
- Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Services of an English speaking driver guide
- Airport transfers on first and last day
- Accommodation and meals
- All park entrance fees
- Bottled drinking water on safari
Tour cost excludes
- Pre and post tour accommodation
- International air fares
- Tips, drinks, laundry and all items of personal nature