What are Gorilla permits ; A gorilla permits is a legal document issued by ORTPN, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Rwanda Development Board, it allows any visitors who are above 15 years of age to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in any of the three habitats in the entire world – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park both found in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

How do I get a gorilla permits in Uganda?

Uganda gorilla permits can be purchase from Uganda Wildlife Authority ‘’UWA’’ at their headquarters in Kampala. You need to present in your valid passport to confirm your age, because any one to obtain a gorilla permit must be a maximum of 15 years of age. We recommend you to book your gorilla permit in advance since the permits are very competitive.

How much does a gorilla permits cost in Uganda?

A gorilla trekking permits in Uganda costs USD700 per person for foreign nonresidents, USD600 per person for foreign resident and UGX250,000 per person for East Africa citizens.

How many gorilla permits are issued out per day in Uganda?

In Uganda, a gorilla permits can be obtained from Uganda Wildlife Authority ‘’UWA’’ at their Kampala headquarters. The Authority issues about 152 gorilla permits per day for both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park.

Are gorilla permits refunded?

Once you cancel the activity from between 46 and 90 days to the scheduled tracking date and UWA shall retain the remaining 5o% and 75% of the tracking fees is refunded to the visitor to the Uganda Wildlife Authority for cancellation from 91 days and above.

How long can visitors spend with the gorillas?

Gorilla trekking experience allows tourists to spend an hour with mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. However, the gorilla trekking activity can estimate 30 minutes to 7 hours to find the assigned gorilla family. Sometimes, they can be allocated in less than 3 hours.

Gorilla habituation experience permits visitors to spend four hours with mountain gorillas in Uganda.

What is Gorilla trekking?

Gorilla trekking referred to as the activity of hiking in the rainforest jungles of Virunga Mountain slopes, looking for a habituated gorilla family.

Well, gorilla trekking takes place only in three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.  In Uganda, gorilla trekking can be conducted in two destination Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Park located in southwestern Uganda regions. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to over 23 habituated gorilla group which are splintered in four habituated gorilla sector that is Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija and Nkuringo. More so, home to half world’s population of mountain gorillas that still exists in the wild.

Rules for Gorilla Trekking Experience
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Gorilla trekking can also be taken in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park a home to over 10 gorilla family which are habituated for tourism. Rwanda gorilla permits costs USD1,500 per person per day. They can be purchased through Rwanda Development Board.

What is the best time to do gorilla trekking?

Mountain gorilla trekking can be done all year around but the best time to do gorilla trekking is during peak months of June, July, August, September and December, January, February. Therefore, planning a gorilla trekking safari requires you to book your permit in advance before your arrival date.

What to wear on gorilla trekking safaris?

 Comfortable hiking shoes

Energy giving snacks

Insect repellent

A lightweight pair of waterproof hiking boots

A pair of trousers – long sleeved shirt and longer socks

Light waterproof jacket

Warm clothes

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