End of year gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience safaris
End of year gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience safaris. Engaging in gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience gives extra time with these primates. During the gorilla or chimpanzee habituation experience, you are allowed 4 hours with the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees. On the central, gorilla or chimpanzee trekking tourists have only one hour with the primates to allow them to carry on with their day life.
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Gorilla habituation experience is an adventure where a tourist has four hours with the semi-habituated mountain gorillas. Tourists are in the company of researchers and trackers during gorilla or chimpanzee habituation experience as at the moment, they are the only ones with information in about the characteristics of a particular gorilla family or chimpanzee community under habituation process.
In Uganda, gorilla habituation experience is happening in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Chimpanzees habituation experience is known to Kibale National Park and Budongo Forest but the closest to gorilla habituation experience is in Kibale Forest.
For gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience, you must secure permits from the Uganda Wildlife Authority in time. Each day maximum of four gorilla and chimpanzee habituation permits are opened to the public.
Advance booking for the gorilla and chimpanzee permits is requested since fewer permits are available per day. End of the year is festive season with many travelers booking holiday destinations in closing the gorilla and chimpanzee safari destinations. Last-minute gorilla or chimpanzee safari permit availability may turn into a disappointment.
Where Can I Do End of Year gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience safari?
Both African primate safaris are possible in the western side of Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Kibale National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park hosts almost half the total population of the only mountain gorillas in the world. Gorilla habituation experience in this park was started in 2014 in order to give tourists extra time with the mountain gorillas which is four hours and also give a few tourists a chance to witness the traits of semi-habituated mountain gorillas. For the gorilla habituation experience, you need to book accommodation within the southern part of Bwindi forest as there are other areas of this vast forest.
Kibale National Park is home to the largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda with approximately 1500 of the about 5000 chimpanzees living in the country. You can only engage in a chimpanzee habituation experience if you secure a permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Kibale forest is a tropical rainforest hosting over 15 other primate species including bush babies, l’Hoests’, olive baboons, red colobus monkeys, grey checked mangabey, and black and white colobus to mention but a few.
When Is The Best Time To Book Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari For the End Of Year?
Booking the gorilla or chimpanzee habituation permits is the first step to this primate safari and it is best done at least 6 months to a year in advance. As the end of the year closes in, chances of finding gorilla permit availability get slimmer due to the high demand for them worldwide.
Upon finding availability for the gorilla or chimpanzee permit, it’s best to secure it because a first come first served basis is used to book these permits. The status of the gorilla or chimpanzee permits changes at any time without warning.
Reserving accommodations to use during the gorilla and chimpanzee safari is important too because options of different categories of facilities run out as time gets closer.
How Much Is Gorilla or Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari for End Of Year?
At Encounter Africa Safaris the cost of gorilla or chimpanzee habituation experience safari vary with category that is luxury, Mid-range or Budget safaris. The gorilla or chimpanzee permit cost is the common cost in all safari packages.
The current gorilla habituation experience permit cost is $ 1500 per person for foreign nonresidents, $1000 for foreign residents and 750000shs for East African residents.
At the moment the cost of chimpanzee habituation experience permits is $300 for foreign nonresidents, $300 for residents and 300,000shs for East African residents.
The cost of gorilla or chimpanzee habituation experience permits covers: ranger guide fees, park entrance fees, researcher fees, local community support, mountain gorilla or chimpanzee conservation, four hours with the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees, and much more.
Exclusions in the cost of gorilla or chimpanzee permits include tips, porter hire, transport, and accommodation to mention but a few.
Other than the gorilla or chimpanzee permit cost, other factors that make up the gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience safari quotation include number of days on safari, number of additional activities to combine with gorilla and chimpanzee habituation safari, time of booking this primate safari and others
Is The cost of gorilla and chimpanzee permits worth the money?
The cost of a gorilla and chimpanzee permit is worth the money because other than enjoying the company of some of the highly endangered primates in the world, you participate in conserving them sustainably.
When you purchase the gorilla or chimpanzee permit habituation permit you have four hours in the company of these primates. During gorilla or chimpanzee trekking, only one hour is allowed with these primates which may not be sufficient.
Every year, a porting of the annual proceeds received from the sale of gorilla or chimpanzee permits is shared with the local community to compensate them for some damages to these primates when they stray. In order to conserve the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees, the local community needs to get involved.
Can I Purchase The Gorilla And Chimpanzee Habituation Permits In Installment?
Uganda Wildlife Authority accepts installment gorilla permit purchases of 30% and 70% respectively as long as you purchase the permits before 90 days to the safari date and remember to top up before 90 days to this date.
Failure to comply may result in re-opening the permits to the public. End of year gorilla and chimpanzees habituation permits are limited yet on high demand.
Purchasing the gorilla and chimpanzee permits in full would be the best solution to avoid the chances of forgetting to top up.
How long is gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience?
The time of the gorilla or chimpanzee habituation experience when you locate these primates if four hours in their presence. The time you take to locate the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees varies as it depends on factors prevailing in the forest like the death of the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees, feeding location of the gorillas or chimpanzees, and pace of tourists to mention but a few.
In order not to get bored before locating the mountain gorillas, you can look out for other interesting wildlife like other primate species, unique flora, physical features and so much more in the forest. Some level of patience in required before finding the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees because they are wild animals not restricted by boundaries.
Gorilla trekking is a dream come true African safari for most people so in order not to lose moral of the entire experience, you need to have some unlimited patience so as to still quest for the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees even after long hours of searching
What is the difference between gorilla habituation and chimpanzee habituation experience?
Gorilla habituation experience gets you to semi-habituated mountain gorillas while chimpanzee habituation experience gets you to semi-habituated chimpanzees in the wild.
The southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is currently the only home for gorilla habituation experience while Kibale National Park and Budongo Forest are currently the only homes to chimpanzees’ habitation experience
At the moment the cost of a gorilla habituation experience permit is $1500 per person while the Kibale chimpanzee habituation experience permit cost is $300 per person per trek.
Similarities between gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience include only a maximum of four permits are allowed for both primate experiences, researchers must accompany the habituators as they have more experience with these primates.
What is the age limit for gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience?
The age limit for gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience is 15 years and beyond. This age was set because of the nature of this adventure where tourists are required to walk in the wilderness. Children below this age may not withstand the conditions of the wilderness.
Rules of gorilla and chimpanzee safaris must be followed religiously however, children under 15 years may not be in a position to uphold some of them.
The terrain of Bwindi forest is rugged with various highlands resulting from volcanic action in this area and it may be hard for children below 15 to go through with this experience. Kibale forest trails are often obstructed by undergrowth, especially during the severe rainy season and this may scare these children.
How Difficult is Gorilla and chimpanzee Habituation experience?
The terrain of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is influenced by volcanic action in this area. Sometimes the mountain gorillas spend the day at the slopes of highlands like ridges and plateaus so tourists have to find wherever they are. This may call for you to hike to the slopes which is quite challenging. You must have some fitness level to avoid getting muscle pulls.
In Kibale National Park, the topography is fairly flat with forest vegetation cover and undergrowth that sometimes covers trails. The huge trees have thick buttress roots that you need to jump over. Creepers on the stems of these trees may obstruct the way and sometimes need to be trimmed first before proceeding.
Having some fitness level before the gorilla or chimpanzee safari saves you from getting tired before completing the entire experience.
Are gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience adventures safe?
The gorilla and chimpanzee safari are safe because each is escorted by a team of well trailed and experienced ranger guides and researchers. They know the way to where the gorilla or chimpanzee under habituation process may be depending on the data they have collected.
Before opening the wild gorilla family or chimpanzee community to the public, they are first habituated for some time till proven worthy of public visits. The mountain gorillas may not be aggressive in nature but can charge when agitated.
Following the rules of gorilla or chimpanzee habituation experience helps you not to be at crossroads with the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees.
When agitated, these mountain gorillas or chimpanzees show their disgruntlement by gorillas thumping hard there chests, chimpanzees often hooting, pulling grass around them, walking on one foot, and so much more. Not all the time that you see these signs that it is either of you who has angered these primates. Upon observing this, wait for the researchers and rangers to establish the root cause of the matter.
Sometimes the fights amongst the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees are because of territorial fights, troop feuds or dominancy fights which may be beyond your control. Listen and follow the guide’s advice to have the four hours with these primates.
General Rules and Regulations of Gorilla or chimpanzee Habituation experience
- Before gorilla or chimpanzee habituation experience, conserving these primates is prioritised. This is why you must attend a briefing before the gorilla or chimpanzee adventure or stand to be disqualified.
- When with the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees on a habituation safari keep a distance of about 8 meters from them. This is to protect these primates from catching human communicable infections like cough, flu, COVID-19, and others.
- When you locate the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees, do not surround them as they may feel ambushed.
- Do not eat or smoke close to the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees during the habituation experience to prevent chances for them to pull anything from you. They are wild animals that must look for their own food.
- When in the forest, do not litter as this is the feeding spot for the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees because the biggest part of their meal is foliage.
- Avoid spitting on vegetation to prevent passing human communicable infections to these chimpanzees or mountain gorillas.
- Keep your voice low while with these mountain gorillas or chimpanzees and avoid sudden movements
- Only four hours are accepted with the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees during the habituation experience.
- Never use flash photography when with mountain gorillas or chimpanzees because this frightens them. This may scare them pushing them into hiding.
- Volunteer to stay behind in case you catch any communicable infection before the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees are susceptible to communicable human infections. Mountain gorillas or chimpanzees can easily catch human infections like flu, cough, and COVID-19. This may lead to their massive deaths yet conservation has come a long way.
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