INTIMATE GORILLA EXPERIENCE
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a home to more than half the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas and in order to protect them, Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) has come up with special packages aimed at providing in-depth experiences & research.
CTPH offers the intimate Gorilla Safari experiences where you will get a chance to track gorillas with Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka. She is Uganda’s primatologist and conservationist who has been studying diseases in mountain gorillas and other wildlife for over 20 years and is known as the ‘Dian Fossey’ of Uganda. She is the recipient of the 2009 Whitley Gold Award, 2018 Sierra Club Earth Care Award and a National Geographic Explorer 2018. Tracking Gorillas with Dr.Gladys is a rewarding experience but it’s a small fraction of her work. Next to Bwindi forest, is the CTPH Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Center (Gorilla Clinic) with a team of researchers who analyse fecal samples from gorillas, people and livestock who they share a fragile habitat with. Our team of CTPH staff and Village Health and Conservation Teams reach out to the local people in their homes and enlighten them about the values of conservation. As a result, this has reduced bad practices of hunting and clearing the forest. Communities have come to understand that keeping gorillas safe generates them income hence sustainability. If you track gorillas with Dr. Gladys, we charge $1000 per group guiding and accommodation in Buhoma. This does not include her return ticket with Aerolink Uganda for travel to and from Bwindi ($452). If the clients go tracking with any other CTPH staff, we charge $100 per group for the guiding fees.
As you prepare for your next East African holiday, you are advised to include an exclusive Gorilla Conservation and Research experience program. You will have an opportunity to track Gorillas with Dr. Gladys who will share her knowledge (as she is known to the legion of fans who have watched her BBC, CNN and other popular shows) or track with one of her trained researchers. Depending on how far the gorilla night nests are from the gorillas, this can sometimes include visiting the gorilla night nests and collecting fecal samples, which are later analyzed at the Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Centre.
For more information, inquiries or booking please contact [email protected] for the Intimate Gorilla Experience and other activities you may wish to do with Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH). Visit www.ctph.org