Gorilla Habituation experience In Bwindi, Track the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda
There is no known actual definition of the Gorilla Habituation experience. It can simply be known as the act of training wild gorillas to become used to the sight of people.
It involves many different groups of people like the trackers, conservationists, trackers, researchers as well as the rangers among others who take a period of 2 to 3 years completing this habituation experience.
It is a learning experience that has just recently become a stable activity presented by the Uganda Wildlife Authority on a small scale.
This experience only restricts the persons to a maximum of 4 each day, thus bookings for this kind of activity are to be done 6 months prior to the actual habituation day specifically during the months of December all through to March and July to October.
Contrasting Gorilla trekking that limits one’s interaction with the gorillas to only an hour, Gorilla habituation allows a person 4 hours in the company of the gorillas.
Also, one spends a little bit more $1500 for each person needing to do the Habituation adventure dissimilar from the $600 paid for gorilla tracking.
Since this experience is not existent in Rwanda and in DRC, one can only find it inside the Ugandan borders at the Bwindi impenetrable Forest National park.
It’s here that close to 11 habituated gorilla groups that include Habinyanja, Rushegura and Mubare which are found at Buhoma, North of the park, at Rushaga in the South you will find Mishaya, Bweza, Nshonji, Kahungye, Busingye and the Nkuringo gorilla group.
Far off in the East at Ruhija are the Oruzogo, Kyaguriro and Bitukura gorilla groups.
Only two groups at Nkuringo and Rushaga were set aside as the gorilla families available for habituation. During this process, the people get to understand the gorillas deeper and individually, get to know their behaviours and even get to the point of naming every single one of them.
In the end, in case the researchers are certain that the wild gorillas are okay with the presence of people, a mock exercise is done as a way of testing to prove their facts.