For all those that are interested in participating in gorilla habituation experience safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you must adhere to Gorilla habituation rules and regulations by Uganda wildlife Authority in order to protect the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda. It should be noted that it’s only in Uganda where tourists are allowed to participate in gorilla habituation experience by paying only USD1500 for a permits to spend four hours in the forest with researchers habituating mountain gorillas. The fact that one is going to spend more hours with mountain gorillas, chances of disease spread and other effects are so high and as such, Uganda Wildlife Authority has come up with gorilla habituation rules and regulations which are more similar to gorilla trekking.
Gorilla habituation rules and regulations (Before departing)
Gorilla habituation rules and regulations require all tourists to have a valid gorilla habituation permit. Gorilla habituation experience permits must be booked in advance and are valid for a given date. No one will be allowed to participate in this experience without a valid gorilla habituation permit. Gorilla habituation permits are sold by Uganda Wildlife Authority at USD1500.00 for four hours.
For anyone to be allowed to participate in gorilla habituation experience, he or she must be 15 years and above. Just like gorilla trekking, gorilla habituation minimum age has been but at 15 years and above to minimize childish behavior during this experience. Experts reason that you may never predict children’s behavior when they get to meet gorillas. Children below 15 years are also believed to have communicable diseases they may be easily transmitted to mountain gorillas. Uganda wildlife Authority is serious about this and should they have any doubt, you may be requested to produce your birth certificate.
Rules and regulations on your way to Gorilla habituation
As you move in the forest which in this case is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, try to keep your voice low so that you do not disorganize the nature ecosystem. Keeping your voice low will also help you to observe many animals in the forest that include birds, other primates and mammals resident in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Conserve the nature environment by making sure that you do not litter or dispose off your plastic bottles in the forest or trails.
Always follow instructions of your guide or researchers while on your way to where the gorillas will be. This helps in keeping the whole experience organized.
Gorilla habituation rules and regulations while with gorillas
Gorilla habituation rules and regulations require all tourists to keep a distance of 7 meters away from mountain gorillas. This is aimed at reducing chances of spreading diseases to mountain gorillas. While you are advised to keep such a distance, please note that mountain gorillas are wild animals and do not know such a rule. They may choose to come closer to you and at this stage you are advised to squat as you listen to instructions of researchers during gorilla habituation
Do not use flash while photographing, avoid eating and drinking during gorilla habituation, and do not touch the gorillas much as they will move closer to you since they can fume.
Gorilla habituation general health rules requires all tourists to keep 7 meters away from the gorillas, do not litter any dirt or plastic bottles, do not eat while with gorillas, if you need to ease your self please ask researchers or your guide to organize for you a toilet or dig a whole. If you feel sick before gorilla habituation, kindly stay behind and seek medical attention and Uganda Wildlife Authority may arrange for you another experience.
Gorilla and Chimp Luxury Safaris encourages all its clients to observe the above rules and regulations to help the whole world protect the endangered mountain gorillas. Please check out our gorilla habituation safaris on our website and contact us for the best price.