How to book a gorilla habituation experience permit; A gorilla habituation permit is a legal card or document that is issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority to any visitor above the age of 15 years allowing him or her to engage in an adventurous gorilla habituation experience. Gorilla habituation experience is only carried out in Bwindi impenetrable national park in Rushaga sector and it’s a process where the mountain gorillas are trained to get used to human presence for trekking.
Cost of a gorilla habituation experience permit.
A gorilla habituation permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park costs 1,500 USD per person for foreign non residents, 1,000 USD per person for foreign residents and 750,000 USD per person for East African citizens.
How to book a gorilla habituation experience permit
There are two options of booking a gorilla habituation experience permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park. The first option is booking directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) a government body in charge of tourism by contacting the head offices in Kampala via email or telephone calls.
The second option is booking a gorilla habituation experience permit through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris. When booking through a tour operator, you will contact us with the dates, month and year when you wish to visit the semi habituated gorilla families. After contacting us, we will check for permit availability and if there are permits that match with your dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once we receive the money, we will purchase the permit on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.
Best time to book gorilla habituation experience permits
Gorilla habituation experience permits in Bwindi impenetrable national park should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date because they are competitive and get sold out quickly especially during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February due to the fact that there are only four permit available daily. Therefore in order to avoid last minute disappointments, you are advised to book in advance.
Gorilla habituation experience
Gorilla habituation experience is an adventurous activity where tourists are allowed to move on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the semi habituated mountain gorillas and once found spend four hours with them in their natural environment. Gorilla habituation experience starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing you will be divided into groups of 4 people and start trekking in the forest with a team of researchers, scientists, park rangers among others. Gorilla habituation experience takes a whole day and during Gorilla trekking, you will be able to view other primate species, bird species, different plant and tree species among others. Once the gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend four hours with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn and monitor their behaviors, watch them feed, breastfeed, groom young ones, engage in the naming process, take photos among others.
Where to stay during your gorilla habituation experience
There are a number of accommodation facilities in Bwindi impenetrable national park where you can stay during your gorilla habituation experience safari. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and luxury including Ichumbi gorilla lodge, Rushaga gorilla camp, Rushaga gorilla safari lodge, Gorilla valley lodge, Gorilla hills eco lodge, Rushaga gorilla lodge, Karungi camp, Bweza gorilla lodge, Chameleon hill lodge, nshongi camp, wagtail eco safari camp, rushaga gorilla haven lodge, rushaga gorilla resort, Bwindi jungle lodge, Mutanda lake resort, Bwindi backpackers, Nkuringo homestay among others.
How to get to Bwindi impenetrable national park
Gorilla habituation experience is done in Rushaga sector in Bwindi impenetrable national park and the sector can be accessed by road transport means whereby you will drive from Kampala through Masaka, Mbarara to the park headquarters which takes about 8 to 9 hours’ drive.
Rushaga sector can also be accessed by air transport means whereby you will book scheduled or charter flights from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip and then transfer to the lodge or park headquarters by road.
For more information on how to book a gorilla habituation experience permit, kindly contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website to book an affordable gorilla habituation package.