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Are you interested in spending much more time with the Mountain Gorillas, then booking Gorilla Habituation Experience in Rushaga is the right choice for you, Is gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga worth the money, yes this gives you an opportunity to visit the endangered semi habituated mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park and spend more time with them in the forest once you find them during your trek. Yes gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga worth the money, it is one of the unique activity to do in Bwindi for any traveler visiting Uganda for gorilla tracking given the fact you can only find this experience in Uganda among the other two countries with the remaining endangered mountain gorillas that is Rwanda and DR Congo, this also gives you a chance to spend more time with the gorillas that is 4 hours encounter compared to the normal trekking which gives you only one hour encounter. Gorilla habituation is one of the activities mostly booked by travelers visiting Rushaga area of Bwindi to see mountain gorillas and many have reviewed the experience as unforgettable, magical and life-changing worth the money spent.
What you pay for gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga that is $1500 for the permit is an investment in yourself given the fact this gives you an opportunity to learn more about how the endangered semi habituated mountain gorillas that are still surviving in Bwindi forest as this gives you a great travel and learning experience. The money paid also helps in the conservation of the mountain gorillas and their natural habitats. If here was no gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga this part of Bwindi would not have the current number of mountain gorilla families open for trekking and this part of Bwindi forest would be all destroyed by now but with the existence of this experience in the Rushaga which also brings in foreign exchange when you visit and pay the entrance fees this has encouraged the government of Uganda through Uganda Wildlife Authority to protect the original home of these mountain gorillas which has in turn promoted environmental conservation in Uganda, this makes the money spent on the gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga worth.
Money spent on gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga through your permit and park entrance fees also helps to benefit the local communities that leave in Rushaga and Nkuringo areas of Bwindi this in turn encourages the local communities to conserve and protect these mountain gorillas since their importance is known by the local communities through the 20% money they receive every year off the permit and park entrance fees paid by tourists who visit these mountain gorillas. This money goes directly through payment of the local communities who are on the lead committees and indirectly through infrastructure and projects that help contribute to a better life of the local communities through construction of schools, hospitals and practicing agriculture, this thus also makes the money spent on gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga worth.
Gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga is worth the money spent despite the high costs of trekking permit that costs $1500 per person for the non foreign resident required to go for gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga, discomfort and time spent during walking through the forests to find the semi habituated mountain gorillas. Gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga is a thrilling experience, which has impressed some people to do it over and over again despite the high cost, energy and time required to meet these gentle giants in their natural habitats, other travelers decide to pay for more than one permit and trek more than once on different days this makes the gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga worth.
What is the cost of gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga?
The cost of gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga depends on days to spend and places where to stay on your safari to Rushaga for this experience. The gorilla habituation permit price shares a much more cost on top of other services like transport, accommodation and guiding. A gorilla habituation permit costs $1500 for a foreign non-resident, $1000 for a resident and 750,000 Uganda Shilling for the East African Citizen per person per trek, this permit gives you an opportunity to spend 4 hours encounter with the semi habituated mountain gorillas in Rushaga in Bwindi Forest National Park. On top of the permit you will also pay other services for a successful gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga which include transport, accommodation and guiding. Below are the popular gorilla habituation experience safaris in Rushaga for you to choose from;
How to book a gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga
You will need to have your gorilla habituation permit secured in advance to confirm that you are booked for gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga. Once you have your planned dates of travel confirmed we will need you to send us an email here so that we check for availability of gorilla habituation permits online with the Uganda Wildlife Authority once we confirm permits are available for your planned dates we will let you know so that we can send you an invoice for you to make payment for the permits. Once the payment is done and we have received it on our account we will go ahead and purchase your permits immediately and send you a scanned copy of the permits for your records and perusal, this will confirm you are booked for gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga. It is advised to book your permits in advance at least 2-3 months prior your visit given the fact these sell out very quickly on a first come first serve basis and are only 4 permits available every day.
Best time to do gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga
The best time to do gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga is during the months of June to October and December to March during this time it is a dry season in Uganda with mild rainfall making it easy for the treks in the Forests, as well during this time the vegetation is not fully grown and it is easy for viewing the gorillas offering great sights for photographs. During the other months of April, May and November which is normally a wet season this makes the vegetations grow high making the sightings unclear however during this time the treks tend to be shorter given the fact gorillas don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available in the forest compared to the dry seasons. Seeing gorilla in Rushaga is possible throughout the year given the fact it is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing them in their natural habitats.
Where to stay during your gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga
Lodges options in Rushaga range from Budget options which include Rusgaha Gorilla Havens Lodge, Karungi Camp, Nshogi Camp among others these cost USD90-100 per person per night, mid-range options include Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge among others these cost USD150-200 per person per night, Luxury options include Four Gorillas Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Clouds Gorilla Lodge and Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge these cost USD250-700 per person per night.
How to get to Rushaga
By Road; Rushaga can be accessed through the main safari circuit from Entebbe/Kampala which is approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will need to turn off at Muko along the Kabale-Kisoro road you will see the signpost of Uganda Wildlife Authority which you will follow upto to your booked lodge for accommodation in Rushaga.
By Air; You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip to access Rushaga. Scheduled and chartered flights are available and operated by domestic airline operators of Aero link and Fly Uganda. You will need to plan with your tour operator or the lodge you have booked for your stay for a transfer from Kisoro airstrip to the Park
Why book your gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing gorilla safari experiences to Uganda and Rwanda. We are also highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor. We combine gorilla trekking safaris with eco-friendly and unforgettable high-end adventure and wildlife safaris that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife and uplift local communities, these include chimpanzee trekking, Big 5 safaris and game viewing, Mountain Hiking, Boat cruises excursions and Cultural encounters to give you a memorable and best African Safari experience including popular and great African safari destinations Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana and Namibia. Feel free to contact us here.