How o book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda 2022/2023; gorilla trekking permits are legal documents or cards that are issued to any visitor above the age of 15 years allowing him or her to visit a habituated gorilla family in either Uganda or Rwanda and spend one hour with the mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is an adventurous and one of the most famous activities in Uganda and Rwanda that attracts many tourists.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in two national parks that is Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park while gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done in Volcanoes national park. Mgahinga gorilla national park is a home of one habituated gorilla family and Bwindi impenetrable national park is a home of about 21 habituated gorilla families which are found in four sectors namely Buhoma, Rushaga, Nkuringo and Ruhija gorilla sectors. Volcanoes national park is a home of about 12 habituated gorilla families that are available for trekking daily.
Bwindi impenetrable national park also offers gorilla habituation experience where the wild mountain gorillas are trained to get used to human presence for trekking. Gorilla habituation experience is only done in Rushaga sector and it allows visitors to spend four hours with the mountain gorillas in their habitat.
Cost of a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda and Rwanda 2022/2023
A gorilla trekking permits in Uganda costs 700 USD per person for foreign non residents, 600 USD per person for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX per person for East African citizens while a gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda costs 1,500 USD for all nationalities.
A gorilla habituation permit in Uganda costs 1,500 USD per person for foreign non residents, 1,000 USD per person for foreign residents and 750,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
How to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda 2022/2023
There are two options of booking gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda and the first option is booking directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) a government body in charge of tourism in Uganda or Rwanda Development Board (RDB) a government body in charge of tourism in Rwanda. When booking the gorilla permits directly, you will contact the park headquarters through email or telephone calls inquiring about availability of the permits on your desired dates. If there are no permits on your date, you will be advised to choose another date that has availability. Once the date is confirmed, you will be asked to make payments for the permit directly to UWA or RDB accounts.
Once the money is received, you will be asked to send copies of your passport and your passport will be processed, once it’s ready you will receive a scanned copy of the permit.
The second option of booking gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda is through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris. When booking a gorilla trekking permit through a tour operator, you will contact us with the date, month, year and gorilla destination that you wish to visit. After contacting us we will check for permit availability on your preferred date and if there are no permits available, you will be asked to choose another date. If there are permits available on the chosen date, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once we receive the payment, we will purchase the permit for you and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.
Booking a gorilla trekking permit through a tour operator is the best option to use in that it saves you all the hustle and we will not only acquire the gorilla permit on your behalf but also plan for your entire gorilla trekking safari which involves accommodation where you will be staying during the safari, transportation to the gorilla destination, full time English speaking driver guide, other safari activities to engage in after gorilla trekking and other destinations or national parks to combine with your gorilla trekking adventure.
When to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda
Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date because they are competitive and usually get sold out quickly especially during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February therefore in order to avoid last minute disappointments you are advised to book in advance.
Gorilla trekking experience in Uganda and Rwanda
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park and Volcanoes national park starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will be divided into groups of 8 people where each group will be allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek and an experienced park guide who is well conversant with gorilla trekking trails. Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on where the mountain gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view other primate species, mammals, view different bird species, plant and tree species among others. Once the mountain gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to watch them feed, play, rest, breastfeed, groom young ones, learn more about the behaviors, habits, take photos and record the beautiful moments to show people back home.
For more information about how to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda 2022/2023, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris.