Gorilla Tracking Experiences

8 Day Gorilla and Chimp Habituation Experience Tours


This 8 day tailor-made private Uganda Safari gives you an opportunity to see Uganda’s main game parks, you will be able to spend time with the Gorilla and chimps in a very special way. The habituation experience is a unique experience and one of the best ways to get a closer look into what goes on in the lives of gorilla and chimps. On this trip you will be able to do that and more like tracking tree climbing lions in Ishasha.

Day 1

Welcome to Uganda! Entebbe – Kampala-Kibale NP

Your driver/guide will be at Entebbe Airport to pick you up from your flight and takes you directly to your lodge for refreshment.

You will be getting to your lodge at about 5:30 – 6am. Check and have a rest. Wake up at 11 am have  a late breakfast/lunch and head out to Kibale Via Mityana.

The Journey to Kibale is an amazing experience. The views and Sceneries are beautiful; you will pass tea farms all neat and green.

Journey time:  1.5 hours

Accommodation:  Emin Pasha

Meal Plan:  Lunch

Day 2

 Chimpanzee Habituation – Kibale National Park

Following an early morning breakfast at the lodge, travel to Kibale National Park to join your team and begin your chimpanzee habituation experience. You will assist Kibale’s trackers in their daily habituation research and activities including “de-nesting” the chimps, following them through the forest, and recording their behaviours and movements throughout the day. Finish the day off at sundown when the chimpanzees retire to their new nests for the night. This lifetime experience will allow you within metres of these amusing and very social apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities. Chimpanzees, our closest cousins, are extremely endangered with only an estimated just few thousands remaining in Uganda. You will also have the opportunity to observe the many other animal species living in Kibale’s diverse habitat including black and white colobus monkeys, baboons and hundreds of native bird species.

Following the day’s habituation activities, return to lodge and reflect on your experiences with the chimps. Please note: tracking chimpanzees may be strenuous as the chimpanzees are highly mobile during the day.

Accommodation:  Chimpanzee Guesthouse

Meal Plan:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3

Kibale – Bwindi

After, breakfast, you will be driven to Buhoma area of Bwindi in preparation for your Gorilla tracking.

  • Journey Time:  6 hours
  • Accommodation:  Sanctuary
  • Meal Plan:  Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 4

Ruhija (Bwindi) Gorilla trekking 

You embark on the long awaited adventure of Gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. The jungle being unpredictable, it is difficult to estimate how long you may hike; however, the excursion may take 3-8 hours. Encounter and viewing of Gorillas lasts a maximum of one hour, which is a conservation rule

  • Accommodation:  sanctuary
  • Meal Plan:  Breakfast and dinner

Day 5

Buhoma – Rushaga

Today you will travel to southern  Part of Bwindi forest for your second tracking and Habituation experience.

Dinner and overnight at your accommodation

Day 6

Second Gorilla trekking 

You embark on the second Gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest Rushaga sector. The jungle being unpredictable, it is difficult to estimate how long you may  take hike; however, the excursion may take 3-8 hours. Encounter and viewing of Gorillas lasts a maximum of one hour, which is a conservation rule.                                                        

Day 7

Gorilla Habituation day

The Experiential Gorilla Habituation Experience in the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Forest is spending all day on a Trek in the Forest, which includes being 4 hours with a Gorilla Family that is being habituated. This 4 hour experience of being with a Gorilla Family is only available in Uganda and only in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

This incredible Experience with the Mountain Gorillas must be booked  in Advance since there are only a total of 8 visitors allowed, 4 per group and there are only 2 groups being habituated.  This is unlike a normal Gorilla Trek where you have 8 participants and are only one hour with a gorilla family.

This is an intimate, one of a kind, all day trekking experience where you are with researchers, trackers, rangers, conservationist, all part of getting a Gorilla Family used to human presence, a process which takes up to 2 years.

Day 8

Kisoro – Entebbe (earolink Domestic flight)

Early morning departure to Kisoro airstrip for a domestic flight to Entebbe for your flight back home.

Journey Time:  2 hours

Refreshment Lodge:  Boma lodge

Meal Plan:  Lunch


This will include:

  • One chimp permit per person – worth $350
  • 3Gorilla permit per person including one habituation permit all permits worth
  • Ground transport
  • Accommodation mid-range.
  • All meals
  • Bottled water
  • Entry fees in the park
  • Boat launch
  • Guide/driver

This cost excludes:

  • Items of personal nature like Laundry,
  • International flights