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Budget Gorilla Habituation Safaris: Explore Bwindi on a Budget

Gorilla habituation can be described as the process of acclimating mountain gorillas to human presence.

This typically takes about two years and involves researchers visiting a gorilla family daily to help the gorilla family become accustomed to human presence in their natural habitat.

Budget gorilla habituation is best done during the low season.

Opting for Kigali to Bwindi gorilla trekking tours is the best way to achieve it.

Budget Gorilla Habituation Safaris

Gorilla habituation experience is when tourists join rangers and researchers in their day-to-day activities of habituating a mountain gorilla family.

Gorilla habituation experience can only be done in one place in the world, and that is in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the southwestern part of Uganda, home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas.

Gorilla habituation is slightly more expensive than gorilla trekking, but budget travelers can adjust to a budget habituation experience by staying in budget or mid-range accommodation.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers many lodges where travelers can stay, ranging from budget to mid-range to luxurious.

Budget Gorilla Habituation

For a budget gorilla habituation experience, you can choose to stay in lodges with lower rates.

Budget gorilla habituation can also be done during the low season.

While the gorilla habituation permit price doesn’t change, some lodges offer discounts on their accommodation compared to prices during the peak season.

However, gorilla habituation during this time can be challenging, as the trails are often muddy and slippery.

You can also have a budget gorilla habituation experience by choosing a more affordable tour company.

Tourists can do this by comparing prices offered by different companies for the overall gorilla habituation experience.

Additionally, tourists can cut some costs by traveling directly to Rwanda to Kigali International Airport and then driving to Bwindi National Park in the Rushaga sector, which is close to the border, instead of flying to Uganda and driving for 10-11 hours to Rushaga sector for gorilla habituation.

The cost of a gorilla habituation permit is $1500 per person and can be obtained through the Uganda Wildlife Authority or a trusted tour company.

Mountain gorillas are diurnal animals.

They typically start foraging very early in the morning at 6 am until midday when they take a rest.

This period is important for grooming and group bonding.

The gorillas resume foraging in the afternoon, continuing until 6 pm when they build new nests, different from the nests of the previous day.

Mountain gorillas have long and thick fur that helps them adapt to the cold environments they live in.

They share about 95% DNA with humans, with their nose prints unique to each individual, just like human thumbprints are unique to each person.

Baby mountain gorillas are vulnerable, like human babies when they are born, and they breastfeed on their mother’s breast up to about 3-4 years of age.


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