What is gorilla habituation?
... understand the gorillas deeper and individually, know their behaviors and even get to the point of naming every single one of them. In the end, if 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. When the gorillas pass this kind of exercise which now includes journalists and scientists, the gorilla group is then available for trekking.
What is a gorilla habituation experience?
One of the key differences between a gorilla trek and a gorilla habituation experience is that the latter takes place with a gorilla troop that is not yet fully accustomed to the presence of humans.
What do you do during the experience?
Note that a gorilla habituation experience sometimes doesn’t get you as close to the gorillas as a gorilla trek, as the troop is often shyer (having not yet become fully habituated).
The four hours include tracking time
How fit do I need to be?
Is there an age limit?
Where are habituation experiences offered?
How do I get to Bwindi?
How much does it cost?
Must I book in advance?
Is it safe?
Is it ethical?
What should I wear?
A backpack (and a waterproof backpack cover is a good idea too) Plenty of water and a packed lunch Worn-in, sturdy and water-resistant hiking boots A warm or thermal jumper or jacket as it can be very cold at such high altitude in the early morning A long-sleeved top (bare arms invite insect bites and scratches) A rain jacket (it can rain even in the so-called dry seasons) Long pants to protect your legs from being scratched Hiking socks to further protect your calves (and choose ones made with sweat-wicking material) Thick gloves like gardening gloves to protect your hands when you grip or move aside vines, which can be thorny A sunhat and sunscreen, as the sun can be pretty fierce when the clouds clear