3 Days Gorilla Habituation Experience

3 Days Gorilla Habituation Experience

This tour goes to Rushaga sector, one of the 4 sectors in Bwindi National Park located in southwestern Uganda. This park is home to almost half of the endangered mountain gorilla population. Gorilla habituation experience rewards you up to 4 hours in the presence of semi-habituated gorillas.

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Have an amazing experience as you encounter the beautiful human’s closest relatives, the mountain gorillas. This will be through gorilla habituation experience, which rewards you up to 4 hours in the presence of semi-habituated gorillas.

This tour goes to Rushaga sector, one of the 4 sectors in Bwindi National Park located in southwestern Uganda. This park is home to almost half of the endangered mountain gorilla population. This tour involves trekking and moving long distances which needs one to be physically fit and energetic.

  • Day 1. Transfer to Bwindi National Park from Kampala/Entebbe
  • Day 2. Gorilla habituation adventure
  • Day 3. Head back to Kampala / Entebbe
  • End of safari


Day 1. Transfer to Bwindi National Park from Kampala/Entebbe

Depending on your pickup point, meet and greet our company representative and then take you to Bwindi National Park, home to Mountain gorillas with almost half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas.

Bwindi national park has four sectors (Nkuringo, Rushaga, Buhoma and Ruhija) and Rushaga is the only sector where gorilla habituation experience takes place. Arrive and head to the lodge and this marks the end of day one.

Day 2. Gorilla habituation adventure

Wake up early and head to the park offices in Rushaga Sector where this amazing experience takes place. Have guidelines to follow during the adventure such as keeping a distance of about 8m, use of a flashlight camera is not allowed, feeding gorillas is not allowed, trekking if you have flue and any other infectious disease.

Mountain gorillas live in groups called families and you will spend 4 hours with them learning about their behaviours and characters. The overall experience can take about 8 to 10 hours since no one can predict the location of a gorilla family visited. The four hours, take photos and create everlasting memories. In the evening, head to the lodge and this marks the end of the day.

Day 3. Head back to Kampala / Entebbe

Leave the lodge in the morning after breakfast and have an enroute lunch in Kayabwe at the point where the equator crosses Uganda. At this point, take memorable photos on the equator monument, enjoy the experiment that shows both north and south poles and then buy some souvenirs. Proceed and be dropped in either Kampala or Entebbe depending on your next tour plan.

End of safari

Included in The package/Price:

  • Transfers in a exclusive 4×4 Customized jeep
  • All Airport Transfers.
  • Full Board Accommodations 2 Nights
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 1 Gorilla Permit per person
  • Bottled water on safari

Excluded in the Package

  • Personal International flight
  • Visa (USD $50 or $100 for east African tourist visa
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips


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There is no standard price for Uganda, Rwanda or Congo gorilla permit –each country has its rates. In Uganda, the charges vary depending on the visitor category. The foreign non-residents are charged USD 700 to have their gorilla permits booked, USD 600 for foreign residents and Ugandans (East Africa citizens) pay shs. 250,000 per person. To have a gorilla permit secured/booked, you need USD 1500 for Rwanda and this is most ideal for luxury/high-end travelers interested in visiting the endangered mountain gorillas.

When booking a gorilla permit, it is also a good thing to have a destination of your desire in mind. The key places to consider a must-visit on gorilla tour include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park –these are gorilla trekking destinations for tourists on a tour in Uganda. In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is where you can locate habituated mountain gorilla families and crossing the D.R. Congo, you can explore Virunga National Park.

It is a good thing to also understand when best to book your gorilla permits to avoid having issues on actual date of gorilla trekking. Considering our experience, we always recommend our clients to have their permits booked early enough at least 2-4 months. This can save you from last minute stress, especially if you plan to travel during the dry season also considered to be the peak season. The peak months of the year fall around June, July, August to September, and December, January to February.

Gorilla permits are among the relevant documents visitors must have to be allowed to track gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Not any gorilla permit should be presented on actual gorilla trekking adventure but a valid one. Booking gorilla permits is part of making the entire gorilla trip complete and should be done early enough before the actual visit to see mountain gorillas or eastern lowland gorillas.

To have your gorilla permit booked, there is a process one should undergo through and is generally tedious. Considering your tight schedule back home, you may wonder how easier you can have your permit booked in advance to avoid last minute stress.

The easiest way to secure your gorilla permit in Uganda or Rwanda is by dealing with a recognized tour operator/company on the ground. This is where our reservation team comes in. As part of your gorilla safari requirement, our team being on ground will ensure that your permit is booked early enough and everything else that is needed for gorilla trekking is put together.

The beauty about dealing with local safari company such as ours is that we have knowledge on the different gorilla groups and surrounding communities plus various accommodation facilities for your night stay. This is in addition to making the entire gorilla permit booking process easier on behalf of our clients.

There is also an option of booking the permit directly through the reservation team of respective park authorities. But the challenge is that you must undergo through the long process to have your permit booked and this may not favor you depending on your schedule. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is an organ in charge not only for conservation of wildlife in the Pearl of Africa but also sets prices for tourism activities in the parks including gorilla permits. In Rwanda, you can contact Rwanda Tourism Board/Rwanda Development Board to have your permit booked.

The East African tourist visa is a joint visa that permits one to travel to specific countries within East Africa, namely Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda only. A joint tourist visa can be used several times for various purposes as long as it’s not overdue. 

Tourists should therefore find it important to always remember that the tourist visa lasts for only 90 days.  Processing the tourist visa takes a maximum period of two working days. It is also important to note that the tourist visa prohibits employment.

The process of applying for a tourist visa has been made easier since it can be done with the help of a tour operator or by the individual themselves online through the Ministry of Internal Affairs immigration portal. Visitors are required to log in to the portal, go ahead and accept the terms and conditions for the tourist visa, select the Visa / permit type, the subcategory and category, complete the application form and upload the required documents. 

A reference number will be generated and sent to you through your email, submit it and proceed to payment. It’s important to note that the payment can be made using Visa cards.  An approval letter will be sent to your email after the above process.

Report at the immigration office or border post for the biometric capture with all the necessary documents, receipt of payment, approval letter and your passport. Visitors should regard it as important to enter through the home country issuing the visa.

The East African tourist visa costs a fee of $100 only, meaning that it can be obtained by all travelers ranging from the budget to luxurious ones.

  • Persons aged 15 years and above are allowed to trek gorillas.
  • Avoid sneezing in the presence of gorillas.
  • Always stay away from gorillas by observing distance
  • Do not try to feed gorillas
  • Do not chew in the presence of gorillas
  • Do not take photos with flash light on.

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