End of year gorilla and golden monkey habituation experiences
End of year gorilla and golden monkey habituation experiences. A gorilla and golden monkey habituation experience is only possible in Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Mgahinga National Park may be a small national Park of about 33. 7 square kilometers but a host to at least two world-endangered primates, the mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Golden monkeys are a special monkey species with golden brown hairs at their lower bottom. Although they are first habituated before allowing public visits, they still keep you on your toes.
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The gorilla habituation experience is an adventure where tourists follow a semi-habituated gorilla family and have four hours with them. The southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is currently the only home to gorilla habituation experience with two gorilla families currently open to public visits.
For both gorilla and golden monkey habituation experience, permits are a must purchase, and advance booking is required. Only a maximum of four gorilla and golden monkey habituation permits are allowed per troop for conservation reasons. These primates are just getting accustomed to human presence, so introducing intruders needs to be handled gradually.
Securing in advance accommodation within or closer to the gorilla or golden monkey habituation destinations is important to avoid having to wake up in the night to drive to the briefing points.
The demand for not only the gorilla or golden monkey habituation permits is high during the festive season but also for logistics that support these adventures so plan and secure everything in advance.
When Is The Best Time to Book Gorilla and Golden Monkey Habituation Permits?
Whether gorilla or golden monkey permits, securing them at least 6 months or a year in advance is safe. These permits are limited to a maximum of 4 per gorilla or golden monkey troop, so supply is constant even when demand is high. This is for conservation reasons, as many visitors may trample on vegetation and food for these primates.
The end of the year is a festive time when tourists make plans upfront, so last-minute gorilla and golden monkey permit availability may be a challenge.
The gorilla and chimpanzee permits are booked on a first-come, first-served basis, so none can be reserved without payment. This is why we advise our clients at Encounter Africa Safaris to at least secure the permits first because these are the entry tickets to this adventure.
Reserving other amenities that support gorilla and golden monkey safaris is important, too, because, during the festival season, like the new year, the influx of holidaymakers is high. You need to reserve accommodation, transport, and driver guide upfront to be on the safe side.
How much is the cost of gorilla and golden monkey habituation safari at the End of the year?
The gorilla and golden monkey permit costs are the same for all categories of these primate safaris that is luxury, mid-range, and budget. Other factors that determine the cost of gorilla and golden monkey habituation safari include the number of people on safari, number of safari days as per day charges are often levied, additional activities to combine with gorilla and golden monkey safari, time of booking the safari and others.
What is the cost of gorilla and golden monkey habituation permits?
At the moment, the cost of gorilla habituation permit is $1500 for foreign nonresidents, $1000 for foreign residents, and 750000shs for East Africans.
- Inclusions of the gorilla habituation permit are park entrance fees, ranger guide fees, security, mountain gorilla conservation, community support, government tax, certificate, researcher fee, four hours with the mountain gorilla family and others
The golden monkey habituation experience permit costs $100 for foreign residents, $80 for foreign residents, and 100,000 shs for East Africans.
- The golden monkey habituation permit cost covers ranger guide fees, community support, security, four hours with the golden monkeys, government tax
- Exclusions in the golden monkey habituation cost are park entrance fees, tips, porter hire, and any other items of personal nature.
At Encounter Africa Safaris, we package our gorilla and golden monkey safaris according to luxury, mid-range and budget. We have prepackaged safaris and can tailor an itinerary to soot your needs.
Our team of safari consultants is always ready to work with you to create a memorable gorilla and golden monkey safari itinerary Enquire from us
Is Gorilla and golden monkey habituation experience tiresome?
Gorilla and golden monkey habituation experiences are tiresome due to the nature of the topography of the area where these happen. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park lie in a highly volcanic area with several highlands like ridges and plateaus. These are draped by thick vegetation that sometimes makes the forest trails impassable. The regular rains that fall, yet less sunlight is allowed to penetrate through the dense forest canopy to dry the ground, often causing soggy and boggy conditions on the ground.
Carrying the right and comfortable safari boots, wearing a safari long-sleeved shirt and trousers in colors that are wilderness friendly is advisable and other safari gear. These help protect you from getting hurt while on the way to find the mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.
In order not to get tired and bored, open your mind to other interesting features in the forest like the sparkling water falls, enchanting monkeys, spotting various bird species, different tree species, and others rather than focusing on the mountain gorillas.
Having some level of fitness is an added advantage as this enables you to get through to the end.
What is the age limit for gorilla and golden monkey habituation experience?
15 years and beyond is the age limit for gorilla and golden monkey habituation because of the nature of these adventures where someone is required to hike at times in order to find the primates. Both gorilla and golden monkey safaris have rules that require religiously followed, but this may not often be the case for children below this age.
How Long Is Gorilla and Golden Monkey Habituation Experience?
For gorilla and golden monkey habituation experience, four hours are allowed with the primates upon finding them. On the way to the mountain gorillas or golden monkeys, the time taken searching for them is unknown because they are mobile primates. Even though mountain gorillas or golden monkeys are habituated, they still possess their wild traits.
Some tourists have located the mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in two hours while others have spent more time. Having some patience is needed to complete this primate experience.
The moment you find the mountain gorillas or golden monkeys may forget all the hassle you may have gone through planning and searching to find these primates. Golden monkey and gorilla habituation experience is like a treasure-hunting adventure.
Is It Safe To Do Gorilla And Golden Monkey Habituation Experience?
It is safe for one to do gorilla and golden monkey habituation experiences because these primates are first habituated and mocked before opening them for public visits. A team of well-trained ranger guides and researchers accompany tourists to start searching for these primates. They carry some protection gear one of the rangers carries a rifle and another a machete just in case the need arises.
In case urgent backup is required, these ranger guides are in constant communication with security at the center just in case the need arises.
Each day a team of ranger guides patrols the forest to observe the conditions in the forest, find where the mountain gorillas or golden monkeys may have spent the night, and set free snares in case there are any. This is to ensure the forest is safe for tourists to visit.
The mountain gorillas are serene in nature. Do not expect them to pounce on you, and neither will the golden monkeys attack you but do not provoke them.
The ranger guides follow the slowest trekkers so nobody is forgotten in the wilderness.
In and around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park are other security agencies to assist in keeping law and order in this area.
As a tourist, you must never walk in the forest without an escorting ranger guide because the forest has other inhabitants that may be harmful to you alone. Do not carry around your precious items because you may attract the wrong company while on gorilla and golden monkey safari.
Your personal security and your belongings must be your number one priority and you turn your dream of seeing the mountain gorillas and golden monkeys into a reality.
What Other Uganda Safari Activity Can I Combine With Gorilla And Golden Monkey Habituation Experience?
Chimpanzees habituation experience
Uganda is one of the few primate safari destinations in Africa. You can adventure into chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale National Park or Budongo forest. You need a chimpanzee permit, which needs to be booked in advance. You need at least two extra days of your safari itinerary to do a chimpanzee habituation experience. Four hours are allowed with these semi-habituated chimpanzees, but it is a very exciting time with the closest human cousins.
Game drives on Uganda safari
Flavor your gorilla and golden habituation experience with relaxing game drives to Queen Elizabeth National Park or Lake Mburo National Park. These game parks can be visited any time before or after the gorilla or golden monkey habituation experience
It’s best to do the game drives early morning or late afternoon when the animals leave their night hideouts and return home, respectively. Some animals you may spot on a Uganda game drive include lions, waterbucks, leopards, hyenas, bushbucks, zebras, impalas, elands, herds of elephants, cape buffaloes and others.
All these animals are not found in one park but some can specifically be found in particular parks.
Launch trips on Uganda safari
After the tiresome adventures with the gorilla and golden monkeys, the stunning launch trip on the Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park is worth it. When you look over to the shores of Kazinga channel, you may have chances to see a number of wild animals that move down to quench thirst.
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