Gorilla Habituation Experience Permits for Rushaga Gorilla group Bwindi Forest Uganda cost 1500USD a Gorilla permit. Four (4) Ghex – Gorilla Habituation Experience slots are available to Tourists to spend 4 hours with Gorillas daily.
Spending 4 hours with the wild gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with the park officials is amazing.
GHEX in Bwindi Forest National Park during a Uganda Tour
Slots for tracking the wild Mountain Gorillas are more expensive than the regular tracking.
GHEX in Uganda operates in Rushaga Sector of Bwindi Forest Impenetrable National park and differs from Gorilla Trekking exercise.
Gorilla Habituation exercise or Gorilla Experience happens on wild Gorilla Families in Rushaga Sector of Bwindi Forest for instance Bikyingi Gorilla group.
Apparently Byikyingi group has 1 silver back, 9 adult females 2 sub adults and 9 infants and another Gorilla group for habituation is Bushaho gorilla family.
4 Hours Uganda Gorilla Trek or GHEX
Advantage of Gorilla Habituation, clients spend more time with the mountain gorillas after finding them compared to normal gorilla trekking.
Whats is Gorilla Habituation Experience?
It is a process of training wild mountain gorillas to be familiar to human beings.
Gorilla Habituation time frame work is two to three (2-3) years and it is done every day.
The experience helps game rangers to learn more about individual gorillas and their behaviours.
With time, researchers and gorillas get used to each individual gorilla and eventually name the gorillas.
Once researchers are sure that these mountain gorillas can be trekked, they then introduce a mock exercise where some few people like scientists and journalists start visit the group.
Once such a gorilla family has passed mock exercise, then it is opened for Gorilla Trekking Exercise.
Uganda Bwindi Forest has more than eleven habituated gorilla families which include Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura in the Northern section of the park.
This is Buhoma, then Bitukura or Oruzogo and Kyaguriro in the Eastern Part of Bwindi in Ruhija.
Nshongi, Mishaya, Busingye and Bweza plus Kahungye in Rushaga Sector.
And then Nkuringo Gorilla Family all in the Southern sector.
At the moment, eighty eight (88) gorilla permits are available for purchase from Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Two gorilla families available for gorilla habituation experience and these are in Nkuringo and Rushaga side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
For this reason that gorilla habituation safaris are done only in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Questions asked about Gorilla Habituation or Gorilla Experience
Cost of Gorilla Trekking permits and Gorilla Habituation Experience permit
Gorilla Habituation Experience price is USD1500 per permit and guests spend 4 hours with the Gorillas.
How long to stay with gorillas during GHX in Uganda Bwindi Forest
When you book a Uganda Gorilla Permit for Mountain Gorilla Habituation, you will spend 4 Hours with mountain gorillas under habituation.
The four hours of Uganda Gorilla Trekking time is excluded from time you spend to reach them.
When does gorilla habituation exercise start?
Unlike gorilla trekking which starts at 8:30 am, mountain gorilla habituation starts at 5:30am with briefing much earlier.
Can I do GHEX in any region of Bwindi Forest
Gorilla habituation is currently possible in Rushaga sector on the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
This activity is thus not possible in Bwindi Buhoma and Ruhija side.
If interested in this experience, go to the south part of the Forest to book accommodation closer to Rushaga since GHEX requires an early start.
Other sectors of Bwindi Forest favour normal Gorilla Tours and Gorilla safaris
What is inclusive in Habituation of the Gorilla Experience permit
The permit fee covers ranger fees and Government charge fee. This means you hire a porter at your expense.
It further includes park entrance fees for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
How different is gorilla trekking from GHEX in Uganda or 4 Hour Uganda Gorilla Trek?
– Gorilla Trekking permit costs USD 600 and you spend one hour with habituated mountain gorillas.
– Gorilla Habituation Experience permit costs USD1500 allowing you to spend four hours with mountain gorillas still under habituation.
It only takes place in regions that have mountain gorillas under habituation and as of now, it’s only in Rushaga where new gorilla groups of Bikingi and Bushaho are under habituation.
What is the minimum age for Habituating Gorillas?
Mountain gorilla habituation experience requires 15 years and above for some one to trek gorillas.
GHEX booking guidelines are same as for Normal Gorilla Trekking Uganda but UWA sells 6 GHEX permits every day.
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