Offering discounted Post Covid 19 Gorilla Habituation Experience safari and safe packages to meet your needs and also putting in mind your health is important. outbreak of Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the tourism industry all around the world with Airline companies’ halting flights, hotels lying off staff members, cancellation of trips, postponement of bookings and with many countries including Uganda placing a lockdown on any kind of travel from March to September 2020. This meant no business took place during this period. However at the start of October 1st 2020 Uganda opened its boarders accepting travelers to visit Uganda as long as you have had a negative PCR COVID-19 test done within 120 hours before arrival in Uganda, and you have not shown any signs and symptoms of any infectious disease before boarding. The PCR test must have been done from a laboratory approved by the country where the journey is initiated. You will as well need to test again before flying back within 120 hours.
Gorilla Habituation Experience is also another activity open for tourists to do in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will also follow SOPs set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to control the spread of Covid-19. Gorilla Habituation is the only activity that gives you an opportunity to visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and spend more time with the Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat. This gives you an opportunity to spend 4 hours with Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The remaining Mountain Gorillas in the whole world are only found in four recognized National Parks that is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in DR Congo. Of these National Parks remaining with Mountain Gorillas it is only Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where Gorilla Habituation is done. Gorilla Habituation is considered as an experience because it gives you an exceptional encounter with the mountain Gorillas in Bwindi forest, this involves hiking/walking in Bwindi forest with researchers and ranger guides to search for semi habituated mountain gorillas, once you find them you will participate in activities geared to make these mountain gorillas get used to human presence which will later on be opened for normal tracking.
How to book a Post Covid 19 Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari
First step of booking a Gorilla Habituation Safari is securing and purchasing a Gorilla Habituation Permit in advance. You can only purchase this from Uganda Wildlife Authority through a trustworthy tour operator Eco Adventure Safaris, a Gorilla Habituation Permit costs USD1500 per person per trek. Contact us and we will help secure the gorilla habituation permit for you. Once you have your planned dates of travel you will let us know and we check for availability of space for Gorilla Habituation Experience with Uganda Wildlife Authority and once we confirm availability we will go ahead and book for you tentatively, we will then send you an invoice for you to make payment once this is done you will send us proof of payment so that we go ahead and secure the permit accordingly. After purchase we will send you a scanned copy of your permit for your records and perusal. Gorilla Habituation experience is done in a group of 4 tourists plus park rangers and researchers tracking per group. There are only 2 semi habituated mountain gorilla groups open for gorilla habituation in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with this it means they are only 8 permits available for gorilla habituation making it hard to get last minute booking, it is always better to book your permit in advance atleast 3-5 month prior visiting so that you don’t miss out on the few permits available.
How much is a Post Covid 19 Gorilla Habituation Experience Holiday
Post Covid 19 Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari cost depends on the range of travel that is luxury, Mid-range or budget, itinerary and days of travel. The biggest cost on a Gorilla Habituation Safari is the Gorilla Habituation permit which costs USD1500 per person per trek, other costs include accommodation ranging from Budget USD100 Mid-range USD200 and Luxury USD300-USD700, Transport among other services the most common travel itineraries for Gorilla Habituation in Bwindi is 3 Days Gorilla Habituation Budget Safari which costs USD3000 for a solo traveler, USD2490 per person for 2 people sharing, USD2470 per person for 3 people sharing, USD2450 per person sharing for 4 people this price is all inclusive including a Gorilla Habituation permit, accommodation (Budget range), transport in a 4×4 Safari Van, English speaking Driver guide and Drinking water, this excludes Tips, Uganda Visa, Flights and Alcoholic drinks. Contact us here and we will help book for you gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi accordingly.
What is the best time to do Gorilla Habituation in Bwindi?
Gorilla Habituation can be done any time throughout the year given the fact this is a well organized activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the best time to do a gorilla habituation is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this is makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown, however as well sometimes, the rainy season is considered better to go for a Gorilla Habituation experience as there is a lot of food growing because of rain and gorillas can clearly be spotted in the forest with a short walk given the fact they tend to move shorter distances looking for food.
Where to Stay during Gorilla Habituation Experience Holiday in Bwindi
Gorilla Habituation experience is only done in Bwindi Forest National Park, at this park it is done only in the southern part that is between Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors In Rushaga, you can stay at Rushaga Gorilla camp, Four Gorillas Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Nsongi Camp, Icumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge and Karungi Camp. In Nkuringo you can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge or Lake Mutanda Resort, all these lodges are close to the start point of Gorilla Habituation.
Best practices for Post Covid 19 Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi.
For those intending to travel to Uganda amid or after the outbreak there will be guidelines and measures that will be taken to ensure that you do a safe trip, one that will not in any way affect your health with the virus.
Before traveling, a PCR COVID-19 test is required to be done within 120 hours before arrival in Uganda, and you have not shown any signs and symptoms of any infectious disease before boarding. The PCR test must have been done from a laboratory approved by the country where the journey is initiated. Travelers are encouraged to carry along with you sanitizers before the trip and also provided around airports for those that might have forgotten to buy before traveling. Also other health tips will be provided for those traveling all around the world.
During Gorilla Habituation Experience, Guide lines are still in place like it has been before in the past, travelers with contagious diseases like flu and cough are required to treat against these before the visit to the Gorillas and also required to carry face masks and wash hands before heading into the forest, clients will also be required to stay at least 7 meters away from the Gorillas. Gorillas have been known to have a very close DNA like that of human and we don’t know the full extent of how the virus could affect then having recently known that animals too can get the virus, there is no need to risking when we can prevent and that’s why there has been a barn on visits to the primates until its deemed fit for visit again. You are required to follow the does and don’ts of Gorilla habituation as per the guide lines of Uganda Wildlife Authority. Even the staffs at the park are subjected to daily tests and check up against the virus to ensure that no infection is carried on to the Gorillas.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris your Post Covid 19 Gorilla Habituation Experience Safaris?
Eco Adventure Safaris ensures that you have safe trips and prevent further spread of the virus by putting in place the guidelines as suggested by the world health organization and Uganda Ministry of Health. We are also offering discounted Post Covid 19 Gorilla Habituation Experience holidays and safe packages to meet your needs and also putting in mind your health is important. Contact us here for details.