Gorilla habituation is extra time you have with the mountain gorillas but they are still mildly wild. To make gorilla trekking families, a group of wild gorillas has to be familiarized with the presence humans but this has to be done with ultimate care and great research.
A few people about 4 clients have the chance to participate in formulating a gorilla family that many other trekkers will visit later. It takes time depending on how the gorillas adopt to the presence of humans but worth all the effort. It’s one of the new activities on the Africa safari map but also very special where you follow the daily research team to a family under habituation.
This experience takes four hours with the group of mountain gorillas following there day activities but make sure you do not cross the lines of the gorillas. Although these gorillas have met humans, they are also still nervous and have trust issues too.
It travel victory to be one of the pioneers who participate in creating gorilla trekking families. It’s an adventurous historical achievement. Not only do you meet the mountain gorillas but also be part of the team that participates in habituating them for others to enjoy.
Being a new activity on the Africa adventurous activity map a few travelers actually know about it. Given the sensitivity that comes with it the gorillas have to be introduced to a small number of visitors so that they are not over whelmed.
Upon inquiring about gorilla habituation, our safari team has to find availability and get back to you in less than 24 hours. If there is availability, you are required to secure your gorilla habituation permit which costs $1500 per person per trek.
What is the cost of a Gorilla Habituation Permit
Each gorilla habituation permit per person costs $1500 which caters for all that is necessary for this special moment. This cost is a contribution to conservation, research, gorilla medical assistance, payment to the ranger guides, and the community shares 10% annually.
You must be aged 15 years and above because of the lengthy time to be spent in the forest. You must be patient and ready to stay in the forest for unknown time with the rest of the research team.
Immunize fully against all the possible communicable infections like Covid 19 so that you do not risk spreading these germs to the mountain gorillas. They have about 96% human genes which makes them susceptible to human infections.
Keep some level of fitness so that you can cope with the movement of the gorillas and the rest of the group during gorilla habituation. The terrain is generally volcanic so expect some hiking and slopping the ridges.
Long camouflaged shirt and trousers
The jungle is thick with rough surfaces that may tire your skin so for that reason wear something that covers up and you are not afraid of getting stained. The wild is inhibited by stinging nettles and sharp surfaces that you pass by while searching to see the gorillas. You need to wear something that covers you up and camouflages dirt.
Throughout the day the ground is wet and soggy yet little sun rays penetrate the thick leaves so you need to wear something that will with stand such conditions. Walking in the jungle takes you to the unknown so you have to be prepared for whatever comes your way. As you move in the forest the ground surface is normally muddy and soggy requiring you to have boots that make you feel comfortable.
Being a very old forest, it’s a collection of numerous insects like Stinging nettles that linger the forest all day along. You need to protect your skin from them by carrying a repellant that is friendly to your skin.
Being a tropical rain forest with a mixture of equatorial environment, Bwindi forest receives untimely down pours without warning. For this reason, you need to keep dry by wearing protective gear.
Besides the tree leaves emit some water drops that can get you wet throughout the day. You have to consider wearing something that will withstand all this.
A fleece or sweater
The forest gets chilly which may make you cold so some warmers for the day will make it more comfortable while in the wilderness. It gets cold when it rains making it uncomfortable for most trekkers so pack some warmers.
Lots of creeping plants entangle and wind around the trees and the ground of Bwindi forest which may get in your way. Tripping while you walk may be unavoidable but when you protect your hands with gloves, you are safer. You may also want to secure your grip on the creeping plants you pass by using gloves.
A pair of stocking
These also provide extra protection to your legs when you tack in your trousers.
Sound proof flash-less Camera
Gorilla trekking is a once in a life time experience whose memories you wish to keep forever. Carry a camera with no sound as this may scare the mountain gorillas while taking photos. It must be flash-less too because strange noise scares the huge apes
A light water proof bag
You have some important belongings that you may need to keep dry so you must story them in something water proof but light. Keeping your belongings safe and together while in the wilderness by carrying them in a water proof bag.
Scattering and losing your belongings in the forest while you trek to find the gorillas makes you feel really bad. Do not spoil your gorilla trekking feeling that you have saved for by forgetting to pack a light bag.
Gorillas are mobile creatures that wonder in the forest all day long searching for a meal. You need to keep up with the pace which may wear you out. You need to b energized to keep moving because you do not know when you will meet the gorillas in the wild.