More than just gorilla trekking, Bwindi gorilla habituation offers tourists 4 hours with mountain gorillas in the jungle almost completely by your self, less crowded as fewer people are selecting gorilla habituation experience.
Rather than just 1 hour watching the gorillas, The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in 2015 introduced a more interactive possibility with the gorillas as visitors have more time to study gorillas closely as they take part in the habituation process.
What is gorilla habituation
Gorillas are wild animals and the process of habituating them prepares them to get used to human presence in their natural habitat. successful gorilla habituation has been seen to promote mountain gorillas conservation as international tourists come in to visit gorillas bringing in revenue which directly aids conservation and research programms.
Gorilla habituation is a progress of training by researchers which starts at reactions of aggression, fear, vocalization upon intrusion which turn into curiosity, shyness and finally getting used to human presence.
Ordinarily gorilla habituation is done by researchers and trained rangers, in Bwindi forest, the Uganda Wildlife Authority introduced a unique opportunity which allows tourists to take part in the prices of habituating gorillas which are currently undergoing habituation process.
2 gorilla families in Rushaga southern sector of Bwindi forest:
– The Byikyingi gorilla family with 21 one members headed by 1 silverback.
– The Bushaho gorilla group
What is the difference between gorilla trekking & gorilla habituation?
Gorilla trekking offers one hour with the gorillas in the presence of trained park rangers and this costs $600 Per Person in while gorilla habituation experience offers 4 hours with the gorillas in the presence of researchers and trained park rangers and this goes for $1500 with a maximum of 4 tourists at a time.