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Christmas gorilla and chimp habituation experience is one of the best ways to spend your xmas holiday in Uganda. Christmas comes once in a year and it is time to celebrate the birth of Jesus son of God. While many Christians prefer going to the church, you can join one of our Christmas gorilla and chimp habituation experience safaris to celebrate your Christmas with mountain gorillas and chimpanzees of Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Kibale forest National Park respectively.

When to book Christmas gorilla and chimp habituation experience safari

The best time to book your Christmas gorilla and chimp habituation experience safari is now. During December and xmas time, gorilla and chimp permits both for the normal trekking and habituation experience tend to sell out quickly. December is one of the busiest seasons when it comes to gorilla and chimp trekking safaris in Uganda. This is because it is a festive season as well as winter in Europe. People tend to flock Uganda for holiday something that leads to scarcity of gorilla and chimp permits. It is therefore advised to book your Christmas gorilla and chimp habituation experience safari at least 5 months in advance. The most important component of this are permits. Bearing in mind that only 4 people are allowed to visit a given gorilla family under habituation, it limits the number of permits available for the day. The same thing applies to the chimp habituation experience where the number is also limited to 6 people for half a day. Once permits are secured, the rest is simple to handle. For more details about when to book your xmas habituation excursions, do not hesitate to contact Encounter Africa safaris on email or phone.

How to book your xmas gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience safari/permit

Your Christmas gorilla and chimp habituation experience safari can only be guaranteed when gorilla and chimp permits are booked and secured. When you contact Encounter Africa safaris, we will check availability of gorilla and chimpanzee permits on 25th December which is Christmas day and then get back to you. Depending on availability of gorilla and chimp permits, you may trek gorillas or chimps on Christmas. By this, we may decide to start with gorillas or chimps depending on availability. Once we ascertain availability of permits, we will reserve them on the system for 4 days, invoice you for the same and as soon as payment is made by credit card or wire transfer, we will go ahead and pay for your gorilla and chimpanzee permits. Please note that gorilla and chimpanzee permits are issued on first come first serve basis by Uganda Wildlife Authority and Encounter Africa safaris has no control over this. What we can do to ensure that you don’t miss on this, we will reserve your permits and pay for them as soon as you send us proof of payment. After purchasing your gorilla permits, our office will send you scanned receipts for your records and perusal.

Details of Encounter Africa safaris Gorilla and chimp experience safaris

Your Christmas gorilla and chimpanzee experience safari will see you drive to Bwindi impenetrable National Park on 24th December. This journey will have you stop over at the equator for photography, mbarara for lunch before proceeding to the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable National Park for overnight at your lodge. Along the way, you will not miss to meet the Hima with grazing their Ankole long horned cattle as well as some impalas and Zebras in community lands near lake Mburo National Park.

Second day is normally for transferring to the park headquarters for briefing about the does and don’ts while with mountain gorillas. Gorilla habituation experience briefing starts early in the morning where you will be joined by your guide of the day and a team of experts in gorilla habituation. After briefing, you will head to the forest to search for mountain gorillas under habituation. This process involves locating where these gorillas will be, you will be involved in activities that help in getting wild gorillas to get used to human beings. These may involves making calls, collecting specimens, tests, etc. This process or activity is limited to four hours after that you will again walk back to the starting point or park headquarters where you will be awarded your certificate.

On the third day, you will drive to Kibale National Park home to habituated and none habituated chimpanzees. Kibale has been voted as the best place to see habituated chimpanzees in Africa. If you arrive early, you will join the community for the popular bigodi wetland walk then dinner and overnight at your lodge.

On the fourth day, you will head to the park headquarters for briefing about the dos and don’ts while with chimpanzees under habituation. You will then head to the forest with a team of experts in making wild chimpanzees get familiar with people. You will spend half a day participating and then return back to your lodge for dinner and dinner and overnight. The 5th day will be for driving back to Entebbe international Airport for your flight out. Check out our 5 Day gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience on our website and get back to us for modification.

Included in the cost of your tour

All our safaris include cost of gorilla and chimpanzee permits for Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Kibale National Park. Accommodation and meals of full board basis. Transport in 4×4 safari vehicles driven by well experience and professional driver guides and all park entry fees. The cost excludes all expenses of personal nature such as tips and alcoholic drinks.

Why book with Encounter Africa safaris.

Encounter Africa Safaris is one of the leading tour operators for Uganda and Rwanda. Trip advisor has ranked us number one in Entebbe something that has been achieved after hardwork and commitment to our work. We employ motivated office and field staff competent enough to handle all your inquires at anytime. We work closely with Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Tourism Board and AUTO which is the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. For more information about our level of performance, kindly visit our Trip advisor and Safari bookings page and add your review.

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