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Mountain Gorilla Trekking


Mountain Gorilla Trekking and/or Habituation

Mountain gorilla trekking is the most sought-after safari experience in Uganda. An African safari would be considered incomplete if you visited Uganda or Rwanda and not trek approximately 2000 meters above sea level to see these amazing creatures. A permit is about US$600 in Uganda and US$1500 in Rwanda.

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The gorilla trek is a shared activity. You may be split into different groups according to fitness level, and be accompanied by other travellers on your trek. 8 visitors are permitted per gorilla family daily, plus national park rangers, porters and an advance team of trackers. Viewing time is 1 hour. Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, humid, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous walking. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk for hours up and down hills (packing some gardening gloves can be helpful). But the sheer thrill of coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty.

Gorilla Habituation is a uniquely exclusive researcher- led gorilla viewing experience. Viewing time is limited to 4 hours, and starts from only one gorilla gate at Bwindi. Experience starts when you head out into the forest. The 4 hours viewing time begins from the point where the team establishes that specific gorilla family being followed stayed the previous night. Finding where gorillas slept, finding their nests and finding their droppings in nests and off nest. Researchers and ranger crew counts the nests to confirm the family being followed is the real one. Information on family bio-data is analyzed monthly. This 4-hour habituation permit costs $1500 in Uganda.

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