3 Day Gorilla Habituation Experience (Gorilla Habituation Bwindi)

3-day Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda which is the newest activity in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the habitat of close to half of the remaining gorillas in the whole world. That is why the government of Uganda saw it fit to habituate these endangered species to prevent their extinction. The Gorilla Habituation was introduced to facilitate and support the protection of these gentle giants, where tourists pay a fee to go spend the day peacefully and view these species in their protected wild habitat.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park gives the trekker time to view the gorillas in their natural habitat for a day, learn how they live in the wilderness, and really get a feel of the moving, feeding, and interaction patterns of these gentle giants. The Uganda Wildlife Authority has reserved only two gorilla family groups that are found on the Nkuringo and Rushaga sides of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for the Gorilla Habituation Experience. This 3 days Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi trip breakdown is as below:

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Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Price per person for the number of people. (For 2 people, each pays $2525 pp staying in Budget Lodge.

1 – $2767
2 – $2459 pp
3 – $2356 pp
4 – $2305 pp
5 – $2274 pp
1 – $2591
2 – $2283 pp
3 – $2180 pp
4 – $2127 pp
5 – $2098 pp
1 – $2525
2 – $2217 pp
3 – $2114 pp
4 – $2063 pp
5 – $2032 pp

Highlights for 3-day Gorilla habituation Experience Bwindi Forest

  • Batwa Community visit and cultural tour.
  • Guided Walk in Bwindi Forest National Park.
  • One Gorilla habituation experience permit.
  • Services of an English-speaking driver/guide.
  • Travel in a customized 4WD safari Vehicle.
  • Amazing whole-day Gorilla Habituation experience.
  • 2 nights’ Accommodation in Park.
  • Airport Transfers.

Detailed Itinerary for 3 days Gorilla habituation experience

Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi forest National Park

You will have breakfast and then you will be given a briefing about the safari you are about to have at 6:30 am after breakfast so as to avoid the early morning traffic jam in Kampala city. The Gorilla Habituation Experience trip starts with traveling southwestwards while viewing the local livelihoods of the communities in the central region of Uganda. Then connect to Mbarara, where you make a stopover for lunch at Agip Motel/Igongo Cultural Center.

After lunch, proceed to Bwindi (Rushaga section) as you continue with views of the magnificent scenery and the rolling hills of Kigezi which finally connects to Rushaga which is part of the Bwindi Forest. Upon arrival and checking into your safari lodge, you can freshen up and have your dinner.

Accommodation Options

  • Up Market: Buhoma Lodge/Gorilla Forest Camp
  • Mid-range: Silverback Lodge
  • Budget: Buhoma Rest Camp
  • Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Gorilla Habituation Experience Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park

Wake up very early in the morning, at 6:00 am for breakfast, and then proceed to the gorilla tracking briefing point, to be briefed about the safety guidelines and be allocated guides and groups for tracking. Setting off at exactly 8:00 am, the guide makes sure everyone has a packed lunch, enough drinking water, comfortable safety shoes, and someone to help them lift their heavy equipment if they get tired along the way.

Gorilla Habituation is one of the most exciting and adventurous activities you will ever experience! Spend the whole day viewing and tracking the Gorilla as you take plenty of great pictures, and get to view their movement and interaction patterns. You then have a few minutes to have your packed lunch and rest then continue enjoying your wonderful experience with the Gentle Giants till 5:00 pm! Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

3-day Gorilla Habituation

Gorilla Briefing by UWA guide in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation Options

  • Up Market: Buhoma Lodge / Gorilla Forest Camp
  • Mid-range: Silverback Lodge
  • Budget: Buhoma Rest Camp
  • Meal plan: Full Board ( Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 3: From Bwindi to Kampala/Entebbe

Have breakfast and then embark on your journey back to Kampala / Entebbe. After breakfast and checking out of your safari lodge. Lunch en-route at the Equator, where you can take pictures and buy different African souvenirs as well as have lunch. You will then proceed to the final leg of the trip for drop off at the hotel/airport for the return flight back home. Meal plan: Half Board (Breakfast and Lunch).

Gorilla Family Groups in Each Sector of Bwindi

  • Buhoma : (Habinyanja, Mubare, and Rushegura) in the Northern section
  • Ruhija : (Bitukura, Kyaguriro and Oruzogo) in the Eastern Part
  • Rushaga: (Busingye, Bweza, Kahungye, Nshonji, and Mishaya,)
  • Nkuringo Gorilla Family is all in the south

What to Bring for 3-days Gorilla Habituation Experience in the Bwindi forest

  • A rain jacket is essential as it could unpredictably rain.
  • Light clothes as the sun does shine pretty bright in this part.
  • Torch is essential for safety purposes.
  • Sunglasses to protect from direct sun rays.
  • A-Zoom lens Camera for photographs.
  • A good insect repellent to keep those persistent insects away.
  • Hiking boots or runners for to use in the Jungle.

3-days Gorilla habituation safari in Bwindi includes:

  • Airport transfers.
  • Meals per itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water.
  • Gorilla Habituation permits.
  • En-route lunches.
  • The services of an English-speaking driver/guide.
  • Park access fees to the park.
  • All activities indicated in the itinerary.

3-days Gorilla habituation safari in Bwindi excludes:

  • Airfares.
  • Uganda Visas.
  • Luxury drinks.
  • Laundry.
  • Tips to the local guide.
  • Telephone fees.
  • Porter fees when tracking.
  • Personal insurance and shopping bills.
  • Any other item not mentioned above.