This activity involves long walks though muddy trails in search for gorillas. Humans share 97% of their genes with these gentle giants. When you meet these primates, you are allowed to spend an hour around them for the normal gorilla trekking experience or four hours for a gorilla habituation experience.
Gorilla habituation experience comprises of a maximum of 4 people who are allowed to track a particular of only two groups available for tracking apparently. Habituation is the process where the Gorillas are taught to be tolerant of people & their presence. This is very important as Wild Gorillas can be violent even to Humans!
Gorilla habituation trips have to be booked at least 6 months in advance. This will enable your tours and travel operator to plan everything smoothly. Usually eight people are permitted per group per day to Track these great Uganda Gorillas and a total of twenty four (24) people is taken in Bwindi, while eight (8) people are allowed for Mgahinga.
Gorilla tracking time is currently limited from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and you will be expected back at the campground by 7:00 p.m.
Your chances of seeing a gorilla of seeing a gorilla are 99%. The 1% is due to uncertainties that may arise during your trek. These include sickness, last minute injuries or any other situations.
After spending time around these endangered great ape species, you will then return to your starting point, receive your respective gorilla tracking certificates then return to your lodge to relax and proceed with other tour and travel activities within or beyond the region.
Mountain Gorilla tracking sites: You can find habituated Uganda Gorillas in four Sites within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, including:
- Rushegura &
You can also get a good view of these habituated Uganda Gorillas at Nyakagezi, which is the only Gorilla site within Mgahinga National Park.