Introduced in 2015 and available for a very limited duration of only 2-3 years is the gorilla habituation experience in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. In order to become habituated to the presence of tourists, each gorilla group has undergone an extremely delicate process, lasting around five years, gradually getting accustomed to the presence of humans. Park rangers start off by spending a short period of time with the gorillas every day, at a certain distance that represents the limit of the gorillas’ comfort zone. As the years go by, they gradually increase the time and reduce the distance until they deem the gorillas ready for paying clients to visit them. The gorilla habituation experience for the first time allows paying clients to participate in this process. It is limited to two gorilla families in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bukingyi and Bushaho, in the Rushaga sector of the park. Due to the steep terrain, dense vegetation and high altitudes a high level of fitness is required.
What makes this trip extraordinary
- Snap up the rare chance of spending a full day with the ‘great apes’ of Uganda.
- Experience the exhilaration of sighting a silverback gorilla.
- Close encounters – come face to face with habituated gorillas (maximum 1 hour encounter).
- Your participation supports the crucial work in habituating gorillas and ensuring their survival.
Enjoy close encounters with gorilla families and know that you are some of the first to meet these gorillas.