Gorilla habituation is an interesting activity that is unique. Gorilla habituation is different from trekking, when habituating, you spend a lot more time with the gorillas, more of learning the way of life of the gorillas unlike visiting them when trekking. All of the gorilla groups can be trekked whereas there are only two gorilla families that tourists are allowed to have a habituation experience.
Hotel pickup - You're also returned to your hotel.
The two gorilla families are Bikyingi gorilla family and the Bushaho gorilla family of which one of the families has one silverback, nine adult females, two sub-adults and nine infants. The gorilla habituating experience can only be done in the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the Rushaga sector.
You will be picked up at 07:00am after your breakfast from your accommodation or anywhere convenient for you. If pickup point is in Kampala or Entebbe, we shall drive south west of Uganda towards the equator, where we shall have a brief stopover for a photography session at the Equator monument.
We then proceed to Mbarara for lunch at Agip, Igongo cultural lodge or any preferred spot, after lunch we continue to drive through Bushenyi to Ishaka and have a beautiful sight of the captivating tea plantations at Igara, we also pass through Ishasha the home of tree climbing lions and a variety of different species of antelopes, buffaloes, elephants and more animals.
We then complete the day as we continue to Rushaga through Kihihi and Butogota town, check into your accommodation, have dinner and catch some rest before the highlight of the trip the following day.
Note: The pickup points include many options, you can be picked up from Kampala or Entebbe and drive as mentioned above. You can also be picked up from Kigali, Rwanda as we drive North West of Rwanda through Ruhengeri or even through Katuna and straight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Another option is flying with a charter from Entebbe or Kigali straight into Bwindi.
After your breakfast you will have to report to the headquarters by 07:00am to have a briefing usually done at the starting point of gorilla tracking. The briefing will be generally about the habituating experience you are about to have. You will be taken through the rules on habituating and given the safety precautions you will need, they'll tell you about the family you will be habituating and a lot more information. After your briefing, you will head straight into the forest to track the gentle giants that tend to roam about in search for food.
You will be led by a well trained professional ranger. The time taken in habituating entirely depends on how fast you find the gorilla family and then you can spend about four hours habituating the gorillas. After your marvellous adventure, you will head back to your accommodation and prepare for your departure for the following day.
After your breakfast, we shall set off for Kampala and have lunch en-route in Mbarara.
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