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Uganda is home to approximately half of the world’s endangered mountain gorilla population, and gorilla trekking in Uganda is one of the most incredible wildlife experiences on the continent.
Gorilla trekking give you the chance to spend up to one hour in the company of the gorillas in their natural habitat. This has been made possible by gently introducing the gorillas to human presence, a process that takes between 2 and 5 years. This is essential for the continued research, care and conservation of the gorillas.
For travelers wishing to take a more active role in the protection and understanding of these gentle giants, you can join the rangers and conservationists in the habituation process of two more gorilla families in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
During a habituation trek, you can spend up to 4 magical hours with these highly intelligent and emotional animals.
It is an incredibly humbling experience, and the habituation process is fundamental to the continued protection of the gorillas.
Gorilla Trekking against Gorilla Habituation Experience
Gorilla trekking experience in Uganda involves hiking through dense forests in search of habituated gorilla families, and then spending up to an hour observing the group.
By contrast, the gorilla habituation experience involves spending four hours with a group of gorillas and is only available in the Rushaga sector in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
A normal gorilla trekking permit costs $700, while the gorilla habituation experience costs $1,500 at the time of writing.
The gorillas observed during the habituation experience are less used to humans than those seen on the standard gorilla treks (they are still being ‘habituated’). The experience is still completely safe, and the benefit of spending more time with gorillas is that you can better understand their behaviors’ and social dynamics, as well as get incredible photographs, without being rushed.