Uganda Gorilla Habituation Experience (HEX)

This Unique 4 Day Uganda Gorilla Habituation Experience (HEX) safari offers a fantastic opportunity to spend an entire day amongst these remarkable gentle giants. Rather than gorilla trekking to an all-too-brief hour in their company, observe and photograph them throughout the morning and afternoon.

Highlights

  • Spend a full day amongst a family of wild mountain gorillas
  • Watch them interact, play and groom one another
  • Have enough time to capture the perfect photograph
  • Take part in the valuable task of habituating gorillas to the presence of humans

Trip Overview

There are just two gorilla families that are currently being habituated, in the dense foliage of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Take the Uganda Gorilla Habituation Experience and Trek deep into the trees in search of these sociable creatures, led by highly trained trackers and guides. Pick up the trail of clues that they have left behind as they roam through the forest.

After a challenging trek through this green wilderness, eventually reach the family’s location. Approach cautiously, getting close to these powerful yet intelligent creatures. Using non-threatening body language and the knowledge of the guides, put the dominant silverback at ease and allow him to assert his dominance.

Stay amongst the company of the gorilla family, watching as they slowly relax to the presence of humans. Still not fully habituated, it is only through this time-intensive approach that they will eventually become fully comfortable in the company of humans.

With hours to watch and listen to the gorillas as they eat, play and groom one another, this is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in their world. Watch the intricacies of the social hierarchy unfold, see surprisingly human patterns of behaviour develop and observe the unending consumption of plant matter that is necessary to sustain these powerful creatures.

Unlike a normal gorilla trek, Uganda Gorilla Habituation Experience (HEX) offers something far more immersive, complex and powerful. The unrushed nature of the habituation trek allows for a far more relaxed appreciation of the everyday gorilla-family scenes that unfold amongst the trees of Bwindi. But it also presents photographers with the time they need to capture the perfect shot, making this ideal for those seeking to photograph gorillas.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Trip Summery

Day 1: Arival at Entebbe
Day 2: Fly Entebbe – Kihihi – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Day of Uganda Gorilla Habituation Experience
Day 4: Fly Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Entebbe

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arival at Entebbe

Transfer to Papyrus Guest House

Day 2: Entebbe – Kihihi – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Travel from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Air Transfer Journey)

Covered in thick tropical rainforest and often shrouded in mist, Bwindi provides a perfect habitat for mountain gorillas. Spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys it looks the part and having survived the last ice age is considered one of the most diverse forests in Africa. The birding here is big and colourful, the forest dark and inviting and the sense of adventure palpable.

After arriving, relax at the lodge or take an afternoon stroll through the local community.

You will be staying at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, All inclusive

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Full Day Gorilla Habituation Experience

Depart the lodge at 5:15am and drive to the park headquarters, which are about an hour away, for an introductory briefing. Afterwards, head into Bwindi Forest, towards the area where the gorilla family were last seen.

Trek behind the rangers as they follow footprints, dung, chewed bamboo and abandoned nests in search of the family. Once the gorillas have been located, leave any bags with the porters and quietly approach the family.

Spend four hours with the gorillas, as they become comfortable in the company of humans. Observe as they go about their daily routine, almost oblivious to the presence of outsiders. Watch them eat, play, sleep and groom one another.

Unrushed and completely immersive, this habituation experience is ideal for both wildlife lovers and photographers. Witness the social hierarchy of the family and the complex interactions that take place throughout the day, whilst also having the time to get that perfect photograph.

You will be staying at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, All inclusive

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Entebbe

Fly Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Entebbe

Fly back home

Accommodation

Entebbe — Papyrus Guest House — B&B

Bwindi — Nkuringi Bwindi Gorilla Lodge — Full Board

What is Included

  • Accommodation and full board basis
  • Internal local flights
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed
  • HEX gorilla permit per person

What is excluded

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa

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