Gorilla habituation is only done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in southern part, many travelers what to know other activities and What to do after gorilla habituation experience. The sector is home to two semi habituated gorilla families open for gorilla habituation experience. Gorilla habituation is one of the main activity in this sector done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, however there are other various activities and top things you can do after gorilla habituation experience and these include;
Batwa Cultural Experience
On Batwa cultural experience tour you will be guided by one of the Batwa guides giving you an opportunity to learn about traditional forest life of the Batwa in Bwindi Forest which is historically the home of the Batwa, you will also enjoy the traditional dances of the Batwa and Stone Age including making traditional fire among others.
The Nature walk is done in Bwindi forest it is a very exciting activity to do apart from gorilla trekking which gives you an opportunity to learn more about tree species as well other wildlife species in the forest. In Nkuringo you will visit the River Ivi-Nkuringo trail where you will also have a sight of the falls plummeting 33 meters.
Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park is one the best birding spots in Uganda home to an impressive 350 species and the main birding area in Nkuringo is the pocket forest known as Nombe is located some 5km and Buniga forest 300meters from Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge. We recommend you carry your birding book in case you have limited safari time and you will identify some birds that visit the gardens at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge.
Local community visits through local villages which provide insights into the lives of the Bakiga and Batwa pygmy people living beside the Bwindi forest. Other activities include yoga at the Lodge, Mountain bicycle ride, volunteering which is done in the local community schools and projects and Butterfly watching which is done at night among others.
Where to stay in the southern side of Bwindi
Lodges in the southern side of Bwindi include Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge and Lake Mutanda Lodge. You can as well stay in Rushaga sector and access Nkuringo in 45minutes drive lodge options include Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Rushaga Camp, Icumbi Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge among others.
How to get to southern side of Bwindi for Gorilla Habituation Experience
By Road; The southern side of Bwindi can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will pass through Kabale town and proceed to Nkuringo. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 4-5 hours drive.
By Air; You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip to access Nkuringo. 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 for a transfer from the airstrip to your Lodge you are booked for your stay.
What is the cost of gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi National Park?
The cost of gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi National Park depends on days to spend and places where to stay on your safari to Bwindi National Park 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 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 Bwindi National Park for you to choose from;
3 Days gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi National Park
4 Days Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi National Park
How to book a gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi National Park
You will need to have your gorilla habituation permit secured in advanced to confirm that you are booked for gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi National Park. 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 Bwindi National Park. It is advised to book your permits in advance atleast 2-3 months prior your visit given the fact these sell out very quickly on first come first serve basis and are only 4 permits available every day.
Best time to do gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi National Park
The best time to do gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi National Park 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 vegetation 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 Bwindi National Park 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.
Why book your Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi with Eco Adventure Safaris?
Eco Adventure Safaris will help you book your gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi contact us and we advice you on the booking process. We as well have different gorilla safari packages to Bwindi southern sector of Bwindi ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury options that we can book for you including the gorilla permits. Feel free to checkout our TripAdvisor reviews and read from a community of happy satisfied clients. With us, you can be rest assured of a memorable Uganda safari holiday. We are devoted to providing excellent service and customer satisfaction. Our team of excellent tour consultants is always willing to help answer all your safari questions. We guarantee you a great gorilla tour in Uganda with us. Contact us here about What to do after gorilla habituation experience