Visiting the gorillas of Rwanda and Uganda is one of the most special wildlife experiences available on the continent of Africa. So much work has gone into protecting these magnificent creatures, and the hard work continues to this day. While visiting the gorillas comes with a high price tag, these funds are directly supporting the conservation and protection of gorillas in Africa.
We’re excited about a new gorilla habituation experience available in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. The activity is designed to allow a small number of travelers to spend more time with mountain gorillas during their habituation. Typically travelers are only allowed to visit gorillas after they have been completely habituated by professional guides and researchers. This is the first time Uganda Wildlife Authority has allowed visitors to join the researchers and habituators during this process.
This new all-day gorilla habituation experience is different from a regular gorilla trek in several ways including group size, time spent with the gorillas and price.
A maximum group of four people (versus the typical maximum of eight) participate in the habituation experience and groups spend four hours (instead of the typical one hour) with the gorillas. The cost is $1,500 per person per day (park fees included), and participants must be at least 15 years old. The gorilla habituation experience starts one hour earlier than normal trekking (7:30 am instead of 8:30 am), and the briefing begins even earlier.
The habituation experience lasts all day, and can involve strenuous trekking at elevations of up to 7,500 feet above sea level. Conditions are often humid, and trails can be steep and rough so it’s important to be in good physical health. If you are interested in learning more about this amazing new experience, please contact us today!