Gorilla Habituation Experience is a wildlife practice where researchers train wild mountain gorillas to get used to human beings. With is kind of experience visitors spend more time with gorillas in the forest about four hours.
Since the beginning of 2014, the Uganda Wildlife Authority introduced mountain gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This experience is for being very close to the gorillas and learn more about them. The price for habituation is USD 1500.00 per person per a day’s experience.
Uganda Wildlife Authority put a side a special gorilla family for habituation in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Under the Gorilla Habituation Experience, visitors stay with mountain gorillas for more hours (four hours) as opposed to the ordinary gorilla trekking that is limited to one hour only upon meeting the endangered primates in their jungles. With the gorilla habituation experience, tourists move with researchers who habituate gorillas, take more time with the apes and learn how they are adapted.
This experience is loved much since more time with the mountain gorillas means more enjoyment and close observations of their characters. However, those for the experience excursion should expect to visit semi-trained mountain gorillas that may choose to hide or behave in an unusual manner prompting the experience to be stopped upon the researchers’ advice.
For gorillas to be open for habituation by visitors, it may take from two to three years to make them ideal for familiarization by humans. During such period, researchers sustain visiting on a daily basis a particular Wild gorilla group and they study in details about the individual gorillas and how the behave. Over time, such gorillas become used to those researchers and in the process, each single gorilla is named. When the researchers are well sure that the mountain gorillas are safe for trekking, then they present a mock habituation exercise. In such an exercise, a few individuals that may include scientists, journalists and educationists begin visiting it to prove its habituation worthiness. Upon confirmation that a gorilla group has passed the mock exercise, it is then opened for the habituation experience.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has got about eleven habituated gorilla groups or families and these include Habinyanja, Mubare and Rushegura in Buhoma area found in the north the park. There is Bitukura, Oruzogo and Kyaguriro in Ruhija located in the Eastern side. There is as well Nshonji, Busingye, Mishaya, Bweza and Kahungye in the Rushaga area plus Nkuringo Gorilla Group all in the southern section of Bwindi. Out of the many families in Bwindi Forest, only two groups have been put available for the gorilla habituation experience and they are found in Nkuringo and Rushaga southern sections of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
For more about the gorilla habituation experience safaris, contact tours consultants at Speedway Safaris for permit bookings and safari arrangements. One can as well send an email: [email protected] or Tel: +256 772 381 544 for details.