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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda – what you need to know

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Also known as gorilla training, mountain gorilla habituation experience gives travelers an opportunity to spend five hours,  in the presence of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. It’s the best way to meet, observe, interact face to face and enjoy the human like characters of mountain gorillas, which make them exceptional creatures.

 

First, What is the major difference between a normal Gorilla Trekking and Gorilla Habituation? 

Gorilla Trekking is observing the gorillas in their natural Habitat, taking photographs of that memorable Time.  The Gorilla Habituation Experience is not just a longer version of a Gorilla Trek, it is your active participation in the Habituation process and a learning experience. When it comes to photography and getting quality photos, therefoe Gorilla Habituation gives the best Experience.

What is habituation experience all about?
You may be wondering what the gorilla habituation experience is all about. The practice is all about training wild gorillas to make them familiar with human presence before they are declared free for trekking. Gorilla training is an everyday venture, which last for 2-3 years before a gorilla family is opened for trekking. Whether there are clients or not, rangers, conservationists and gorilla doctors must visit a gorilla family under going training for all the 3 years. Travelers are reminded to be extra careful to ensure safety in the presence of wild gorillas. Also, travelers must follow all trekking rules and guidelines like keeping a seven-meter distance, keeping calm, staying within your groups are all highly emphasized.

What to bring for the habituation experience

♦ Light rain jacket

♦ Camera and extra batteries

♦ Packed lunch and drinks

♦ The correct attire (long pants, long sleeve-shirts, hat, etc.)

♦ Gloves (garden gloves)

♦ Hiking boots

♦ Walking stick