For all along the world travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda have been primarily engaging in mountain gorilla trekking which provides for only one hour of direct encounter with these species. The introduction of mountain gorilla habituation is seen as a detailed encounter which many have been waiting for so long.
Unlike the gorilla tracking, the travelers on Uganda gorilla safari
interested in gorilla habituation have got the opportunity to last four
complete hours with the giant apes in their natural habitat as they
forage, play and socialise among other behavioural aspects.
Mountain gorilla Habituation is apparently still limited to Bwindi
Impenetrable National Park conducted only in its southern region of
Rushaga where five habituated gorilla groups of Bweza, Busingye,
Kahungye, Mishaya and Nshongi are found along with other two groups of
Bikingi and Bushaho which are still under habituation.
habitation is just like gorilla trekking is controlled by Uganda
Wildlife Authority and as a result its permit can be obtained at Uganda
Wildlife Authority (UWA) Headquarters along Kiira Road Kamwokya at a
cost of $1500 per permit. The travellers interested in this activity on gorilla safari tour in Uganda can book direct with UWA or through a tour agent like Prime Uganda Safaris and Wild Gorilla Safaris.
gorilla Habituation is a profound endeavour because even the existing
habituated groups had to undergo the same encounter before people were
allowed to visit them. Habituation commenced in 1991 in Buhoma and by
1993, the Mubare gorilla group had started to receive the visitors. The
Uganda Wildlife Authority continued with the process and now, Uganda
features thirteen (13) habituated gorilla groups of which twelve (12)
are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park while the remaining
thrive in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – Uganda’s second gorilla
refigium. All these can be explored on Uganda gorilla tracking safaris and tours at a cost of $600 per permit.
Mountain gorilla habituation activity is guided by expert researchers
from the UWA’s Department of Research and Monitoring and offers in-depth
understanding of these worldly critically endangered species than ever