Gorilla habituation tour in Bwindi from Kigali
Bwindi gorilla habituation tour from Kigali is a safari that gives you an opportunity to encounter mountain gorillas for 4 hours. The safari starts in Kigali Rwanda goes to Bwindi and ends in Kigali city. Gorilla habituation is done in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park a home to more than half the population of mountain gorillas left in the world.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda covering a total area of 331 sq. km. There are over 21 gorilla families in Bwindi forest and 2 of these are available for habituation purposes. Biking and Bushaho gorilla families are the ones open for gorilla habituation purposes in Bwindi forest national park and they are found in Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors of the park.
Gorilla habituation is only done in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park where travelers get 4 hours around mountain gorillas slowly making them get used to human presence. The gorilla habituation activity in Bwindi from Kigali can be done at any time of the year by those that have permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Gorilla habituation is done by only 4 trekkers that are always led by the armed ranger guides, researchers, and conservationists.
Booking a gorilla habituation tour in Bwindi from Kigali
Booking a gorilla habituation tour in Bwindi from Kigali has been made simple with Africa Adventure Vacations since we help travelers with booking the gorilla permits, accommodation, and organizing transport. What any traveler has to do is send us an email they want to visit Bwindi for a gorilla habituation tour and we shall help them get the permits, book accommodation based on their budget and transport.
When to book a gorilla habituation tour in Bwindi from Kigali?
Booking a gorilla habituation tour in Bwindi from Kigali can only be possible once you have secured a gorilla habituation permit. Travelers intending to habituate mountain gorillas of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park are advised to book the gorilla trekking permits 3-4 months in advance. There are only 8 gorilla habituation permits in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and these are few compared to the number of travelers. Therefore, you need to book very early so as to be assured of the habituation activity.
Booking gorilla habituation permits for Bwindi from Kigali
Travelers intending to visit Bwindi for a gorilla habituation tour can book their gorilla habituation permits with Africa Adventure Vacations. All you have to do is send us an email containing the date of the month and year you want to travel and using these dates, we shall check for the availability of the permits with the Uganda Wildlife Authority. When the permits are available, we shall send you an email containing banking details and once you are done sending the money and we have received it, we shall book the habituation permits for you.
How much is a gorilla habituation permit in Bwindi from Kigali?
A gorilla habituation permit in Bwindi from Kigali costs $1500 for foreign non-residents, $1000 for foreign residents, and ugshs750,000 East African citizens. The gorilla habituation permits are only 8 in Bwindi and they are sold at Uganda wildlife authority on a first come first serve basis.
Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi from Kigali
Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi from Kigali is an activity that will give you an opportunity to encounter mountain gorillas for 4 hours in their natural habitats. Gorilla habituation in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is carried out in Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors both located in the southern part of the park.
On the day f gorilla habituation, trekkers wake up early in the morning for breakfast at their lodges. Later they are transferred to the briefing center by their driver guides and this is where they meet the park wardens. Park wardens teach the trekkers about the rules and regulations of the gorilla habituation permits and also collect the habituation permits from the trekkers.
Armed ranger guides, researchers, and conservationists lead the trekkers in the jungle and each gorilla family is trekked by only 4 people. Allocating a semi habituated gorilla family in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park takes 2-7 hours of meeting different park mammals, primates, and birds. when the semi habituated gorilla family you have been looking for is located, the trekkers are allowed to be around it for 4 hours.
During the 4 hours, the trekkers are able to see the gorilla members do daily activities, learn about their habits, take photos and make them used to human presence. During the gorilla habituation activity, the trekkers are taught how to make mountain gorillas get used to human presence, collect gorilla samples, and name gorillas in case there is a newborn baby. Later the trekkers trek out of the jungle, get their trekking certificates, and meet their driver for a transfer to the lodge or next destination.
Accessing Bwindi from Kigali
Accessing Bwindi from Kigali is the quickest journey on a gorilla habituation safari from Kigali. The journey takes about 4 hours of enjoying beautiful views of the roadside as well as the stunning landscape. Travelers having a gorilla habituation tour in Bwindi from Kigali will have to fly to Kigali international airport in case they are not within Rwanda. On reaching Kigali international airport, you will be driven to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park using either Cyanika border in Kabale or Katuna border in Kisoro.
When to go for gorilla habituation tour in Bwindi from Kigali?
Gorilla habituation tour in Bwindi from Kigali can be done at any time of the year however there are certain months that are better than the rest. The dry months are the best to have a gorilla habituation tour in Bwindi from Kigali and these happen from June to September and December to February. They are characterized by little or no rainfall that leaves the roads leading to the park passable, the trekking trails are dry and the vegetation in the park is thin with clear views of the park animals.
Travelers can still have a gorilla habituation tour in Bwindi from Kigali in the rainy season of March to May and October to November to enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities. During the rainy season, travelers should know that there is plenty of rainfall that makes the trekking trails muddy and slippery, the roads leading to the park are impassable and the vegetation in the park is tall with unclear views of the park animals.
Accommodation on a gorilla habituation tour in Bwindi from Kigali
Accommodation in Rushaga sector: Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Bwindi Jungle Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, Nsongi Camp, Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Resort, and Wagtail Eco Safari Lodge.
Accommodation in Nkuringo sector: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Bwindi Backpackers Lodge, Mutanda Eco Community Centre, Nshongi Camp, Crested Crane Bwindi Hotel, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, and Virunga Campsite