Gorilla habituation experience - Affordable Uganda Safaris Limited

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Gorilla habituation experience is another fantastic addition on the gorilla package giving you an opportunity to spend virtually the whole together with the nearly extinct mountain gorillas in the wild. Instead of taking several hours walking looking for the gorillas that you observe and photograph for just one hour and spend the entire afternoon doing nothing.

  • The entire day spent with endangered mountain gorilla family
  • Observe the gorillas interact, play and groom each another
  • Ample time together with the Gorillas
  • Be part of the task of habituating gorillas


With only two gorilla families available for the habituation experience in the medieval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You will journey through thick undergrowth searching for a particular gorilla family as your expedition will be fronted by experienced forest guides from the Uganda wildlife authority carrying with them AK47 guns for protection. They use their timely developed skills to picking up clues left behind along the trail through the forest.

After a challenging trek through the foliage you will eventually reach the gorillas that will be on the forest floor either feeding or grooming. The guides will lead you as you approach the gorilla family so as to avoid sudden charges from the protecting silverback male.

gorilla habituation experience

Gorilla habituation is a process where wild mountain gorillas are tamed to get used to people (Not actual definition). Gorilla Habituation process may take from anywhere between two to three years to be completed and during this time, researchers keep on visiting an identified Wild gorilla family on a daily routine. They get to learn more about individual gorillas and the way they behave. With time, these gorillas get used to these researchers and in the long run, each individual gorilla is given a name. Once researchers are sure that these mountain gorillas can be trekked, they then introduce a mock exercise where some few people who may include scientists, journalists start visiting it. Once such a gorilla family has passed mock exercise, then it is opened for trekking.

You will stay amongst the gorilla family, watching as they slowly relax to the presence of humans. Still not fully habituated, it is only through this time-intensive approach that they will eventually become fully comfortable in the presence of humans.

With hours to watch and listen to the gorillas as they eat, play and groom one another, this is a fantastic opportunity to sock yourself in their world. Watch the intricacies of the social hierarchy unfold; see surprisingly human patterns of behavior develop and observe the unending consumption of plant matter that is necessary to sustain these powerful creatures.

Bwindi Impenetrable forest has about eleven habituated gorilla families which include Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura in the Northern section of the park called Buhoma, then Bitukura, Oruzogo and Kyaguriro in the Eastern Part of Bwindi in Ruhija, Nshonji, Mishaya, Busingye, Bweza, Kahungye in Rushaga and then Nkuringo Gorilla Family all in the south. At the moment, eighty eight gorilla permits are available for purchase from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Two gorilla families have been put aside for gorilla habituation experience and are located in the Nkuringo and Rushaga side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.


Unlike the usual gorilla trekking, the gorilla habituation experience offers something far more immersive, complex and powerful. The unrushed nature of the habituation trek allows for a far more relaxed appreciation of the everyday gorilla-family scenes that unfold amongst the trees of Bwindi. But it also presents photographers with the time they need to capture the perfect shot, making this ideal for those seeking to photograph gorillas.

Let us know if you would like to take part in this experience here.