How to book Uganda gorilla trekking permits for 2022-2023; Gorilla trekking permits are legal documents or cards that are issued by Uganda wildlife Authority (UWA) to visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them to visit any habituated gorilla family and spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking is the most famous activity that attracts big number of travelers to visit Uganda and it’s only done in two national parks namely Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in southwestern part of Uganda. Gorilla trekking is also done in other destinations like Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park in Democratic republic of Congo.
Cost of Uganda gorilla trekking permits for 2022-2023
Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda for 2022-2023 cost 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.
How to book Uganda gorilla trekking permits for 2022-2023
There are two options of booking Uganda gorilla trekking permits for 2022-2023 and the first option is to book directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) a government body that is in charge of tourism in Uganda by contacting the head offices in Kampala via email or telephone calls inquiring about availability of gorilla trekking permits on your desired dates. If there are no permits on your desired dates, you will be asked to choose other dates and once you confirm dates with availability, you will be asked to make payments for the permit on UWA accounts. Once your money has been received, you will be asked to send copies of your passport details so that they process your permit. Once the permit has been processed, they will send you a scanned copy of the gorilla permit as confirmation.
The second option is booking through a tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where 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 and if there are permits available on your preferred dates, you will be asked make a deposit for the permit. When we receive the payment, you will be asked to send copies of your passport and we will be able to purchase the gorilla trekking permit on your behalf. Booking a gorilla trekking permit through a tour operator is the best option to use in that we will not only purchase a gorilla permit on your behalf but also organize your entire safari which involves accommodation where you will be staying during the safari, transportation to the gorilla destination, other activities to engage in after gorilla trekking and other destinations to visit during your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda.
Best time to book Uganda gorilla trekking permits for 2022-2023
Uganda gorilla trekking permits for 2022-2023 should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date because the permits 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
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in two national parks namely Bwindi impenetrable national park which is a home of about 21 habituated gorilla families which are found in Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo, Rushaga and Mgahinga gorilla national park which is a home of one habituated gorilla family. Gorilla trekking in both destinations starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations at the park headquarters. After the briefing, you will be subdivided 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 different gorilla trekking trails. Gorilla trekking in Uganda takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on where the 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, different bird species, plant and tree species among others. Once the gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn more about their behaviors, habits, watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, take photos and record videos to show people back home after the safari.
Acquiring a Uganda gorilla trekking permit will give you a guarantee to visit the endangered mountain gorillas in either Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. For more information about how to book Uganda gorilla trekking permits for 2022-2023, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for various gorilla trekking packages.