What is a fair price for a 5 day gorilla and chimpanzee habituation trip? 5 day Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee Habituation safari is one of the most exciting and memorable safari you will ever have. We can also call it the Uganda primate safari. This safari will take you to Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Kibale forest National Park. The fair price is inclusive of Gorilla and Habituation chimpanzee permits, transportation, and accommodation and service fee and without hidden costs. Detailed below is breakdown of the costs to estimate the price of 5 day gorilla and chimpanzee Habituation trip.
What is the cost for 5 day gorilla and chimpanzee Habituation activities?
Gorilla Habituation experience in Bwindi
Gorilla Habituation experience is only done in Bwindi impenetrable National park in Uganda. It is an incredible experience which is sometimes regarded as the life time experience of seeing the endangered mountain gorillas. Gorilla Habituation activity is a process where wild mountain gorillas are trained to get used to people, with repetitive visiting of the gorillas by Researchers and guide and Visitors. Gorilla Habituation may take between two to three years to be completed. They get to learn more about individual gorillas and the way they behave, move, Feed and live daily. 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, guides start visiting it.
The gorilla habituation experience is done every day between Rushaga and Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park, the activity starts with briefing early morning at 6:00am about the guidelines to follow while visiting these gorillas in the process of being habituated. Only four tourists are allowed to go along with researchers and guides every day to participate in this activity, the trek can take hours, half day or even full day depending on the movement of the gorillas but you are allowed to keep around once you find for four hours. The gorilla habituation experience was started 2014 by Uganda wildlife Authority a governing body of all conservation areas in Uganda, It was introduced for those interesting in spending more time observing the gorillas that have not yet been habituated for trekking, during this experience you are allowed to spend four hours with the gorillas in their natural environment.
The gorilla habituation permit costs USD1500 per person for Non- Foreign Residents, USD1000 for Foreign Residents and Uganda Shs. 750,000 per person for East African Citizens and you are allowed to view gorillas for four hours. Eco Adventure Safaris will help you to book and secure the permit for your preferred date depending on availability and all the services for your gorilla trip.
Chimpanzee Habituation experience in Kibale forest National Park
During Chimpanzee Habituation experience, you will well spend four amazing hours with the chimpanzees in Kibale forest National Park. Here, you will visit the chimpanzee community that is under the process of habituation with researchers, guides and rangers as they make effort for the chimpanzees to get used to humans. The chimps can seem wild, hide and run away for the visitors, but once you meet them you will observe the way they feed, move, and live in communities and their interaction.
According to the UWA-Tariff for 2020-2021, The chimpanzee habituation permit for Kibale forest national park costs USD250 per person Non-Foreign Residents, USD200 Per person Foreign Residents and Uganda shillings 200,000 for East African Citizens, This chimpanzee habituation permit allows you to view and stay with the chimpanzees for four hours as you move with them, observe the way they feed, live and communicate. It is an experience conducted by the Researchers and Forest guides.
What is the cost of transportation for 5 day gorilla and chimpanzee habituation trip?
The Cost of Transportation is determined by the cost of transport choice, fuel, driver guide allowance, flight ticket and Vehicle hire for 5 days safari. There are daily Flights to Kibale National Park/ Bwindi which is the easiest means of transport to access the park which only takes you approximately 1hr 15minutes to get there. You can take a flight from Entebbe international Airport or Kajjansi into Kasese Airstrip/Kihihi/Kisoro Airstrip, the flight costs range from USD273 per adult.
You can as well have a road trip to Kibale National Park and Bwindi for 5 days gorilla and chimpanzee habituation safari, it is approximately 5 hours’ drive from Entebbe/Kampala to Kibale National Park and approximately 8-9 hours from Kampala to Bwindi and you will do a round trip without backtracking. The drive may seem long but it is very enjoyable as you can have some stops on the road with a lot to see. We only use 4×4 vehicles for transportation considering the state of our roads in the park, the vehicles are very comfortable and spacious for your safari experience, and Safari vans hire range from USD70 per day and Land cruisers range from USD150-250 per day, Fuel for the round trip of 5 day gorilla and chimpanzee habituation safari ranges from USD300 depending on the car you choose to use.
What is the fair price of accommodation on a 5 day gorilla and chimpanzee Habituation trip?
In Bwindi, we recommend staying in the sector where you are trekking and permits indicate for easy accessibility of the park headquarters. The lodges/camps/hotels in Bwindi range from budget to luxury, the prices range from USD70-1000per person per night. In Rushaga, you can stay at Rushaga Gorilla camp, Four Gorilla Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, in Nkuringo you can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge and Gorilla Heights lodge. In Buhoma sector you can stay at Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany springs Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, and Gorilla forest camp. In Ruhija sector you can stay at Trekkers tavern Lodge, Bakiga lodge or even at Lake Bunyonyi or lodges in Kabale town. The lodges are very many in Bwindi but they require to be booked in advance as they can be fully booked during high season.
Kibale forest national park also has a number of choices for you to select where to stay, there are number of options ranging from budget to Luxury lodges, all with a service worth your money paid. Most of the loges are found in the out skirts of the forest which cottages having views to the forest or crater lakes and you will have to drive a few minutes to the park headquarters. You can stay at Ndali lodge, Crater safari lodge, Kyaninga lodge and Papaya as luxury options, then Primate Lodge and Turaco tree tops for midrange option, you can stay chimpanzee forest guest house, Isunga lodge and Kiable forest camp for budget clients. There is also an option of staying in hotel is Fort portal town which is the most close town to Kibale forest.
Why book with us your gorilla and chimpanzee habituation trip
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