Before considering getting on the next plane to Uganda, Rwanda or Dr Congo for gorilla trekking, the first question to ask yourself is: How many hours can spend with mountain gorillas? Mountain gorillas are precocious creatures which almost became extinct due to diseases and human activities which were threatening their lives and habitats. With concerted efforts from different wildlife and conservation stakeholders, mountain gorillas have now been removed from the list of endangered species.
Countries that have areas or national parks where mountain gorilla live have tried their level best to harmonies policies related to mountain gorillas. There only three countries in the whole world where we have mountain gorillas. These include Uganda, Rwanda and democratic republic of Uganda. Of the three, Uganda has the highest number of mountain gorillas followed by DRC and then Rwanda. Mountain gorillas in Uganda are in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga while in Rwanda and DRC, you can find mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park and Volcanoes National Park respectively.
According to countries that are home to mountain gorillas, each individual or tourist is allowed to spend only one hour with a given habituated mountain gorilla family. This policy cuts across all the three countries except Uganda where one can have a chance of booking a gorilla habituation experience.
The only way to spend one hour with mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo is by purchasing a normal gorilla trekking permit from Rwanda Development boar (RDB), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) or Virunga for Democratic Republic of Congo. The price of gorilla permits keep changing and varies from country to country much as the experience of seeing gorillas is the same. A gorilla permit in Rwanda to see gorillas in Volcanoes National Park cost $1500, Uganda permit is at $700(effective 1st July 2020) and Dr Congo gorilla permits cost $400. For more details about booking gorilla permits, please contact us.
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The only available avenue allowing you to spend more hours with mountain gorillas in by booking a gorilla habituation experience holidays in Uganda. The government of Uganda through Uganda Wildlife Authority realized that people out like spending more hours with mountain gorillas in the wild and that’s why they came up with a four-hour gorilla trekking program called gorilla habituation experience.
Gorilla habituation experience allows tourists or visitors to spend four hours with mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national Park. These four hours are spent with mountain gorillas which are under habituation and not yet ready for normal gorilla treks. You will therefore move in company of guides, rangers and people or gorilla habituation team who will show you or take you through the whole process of taming these wild mountain gorillas to get used to the presence of human beings.
To spend four hours with mountain gorillas, you need to book a gorilla habituation experience permit which costs $1500 and includes four hours with gorillas, park entry fees, services of ranger guides, gorilla habituation team, activities like taking samples, collecting specimen, naming, making calls besides viewing and taking photographs. Encounter Africa safaris was one of the first tour operators to take tourists to visit Bwindi impenetrable National Park for gorilla habituation experience and below are some of the bestselling packages listed on our website.
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The only country in the world where one can spend four hours is Uganda. With the highest number of mountain gorillas in the whole world, Uganda has created an option of a four hour gorilla trek in the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable National Park (Rushaga and Nkuringo) where tourists can now book this great primate experience.
Spending for ours with mountain gorillas still under habituation is possible in Uganda and not Rwanda simply because countries like Rwanda have habituated all available gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park. It is therefore impossible to habituate them again. When it comes to Uganda, the current census indicate that Bwindi impenetrable National Park has about 50 mountain gorilla families out which only 19 groups are habituated. It thus means that there is still room for gorilla habituation experience in Uganda than Rwanda. Contact us for more details about this.
The fact that mountain gorilla groups still under habituation are not yet used to human being, there is a limitation to how many can visit them on a daily basis. The fact that you are going to spend more hours with them, UWA sought it better to limit the number of visitors. Only four people are allowed to view or visit mountain gorillas for four hours. This excludes UWA rangers and habituation team. For more information about gorilla habituation experience, do not hesitate to contact us.
A maximum of 8 people are allowed to spend one hour with a group of habituated mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and Dr Congo. You need a gorilla permit issued by either national parks to be guaranteed of a place to do so. Age limit for this activity is 15 years and above so before declaring your intention to Visit Uganda or Rwanda for gorilla trekking, first check how old or your child is.
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