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Are you thinking of booking a gorilla trekking permit? Acquiring a gorilla permit or gorilla pass to watch mountain gorillas is one of the most important things to consider when planning to go on a gorilla safari because without it, you will not be allowed to see gorillas.

Gorilla permits in Uganda must be acquired as soon as you decide to track the gorillas.

We strongly advise you not to confirm your travel dates until you have obtained a gorilla trekking permit because, as previously stated, you will not be permitted to enter any gorilla tracking park without one.

Since gorilla permits sell out quickly, we suggest purchasing your gorilla permit at least 5 months before your departure date.

For the different gorilla tracking countries of Uganda, Rwanda & Congo, the Gorilla permits cost differently for each of the three mountain gorilla trekking countries.

Gorilla Permits in Uganda costs USD.700 per person per day while the same permit costs USD.1,500 in Rwanda.

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MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREKKING INFO

The cost of a Uganda/Rwanda gorilla trekking tour is considered expensive by many travelers but an encounter with mountain gorillas is unrivaled and considered the ultimate wildlife experience.

Whereas a safari to spot the big five is great, nothing beats watching mountain gorillas in their natural habitat – Gorillas are our relatives – they are giant, charming, and adorable.

In Uganda, there are 12 gorilla groups. Mgahinga has only one large gorilla family, whereas Bwindi has 11 gorilla families.

In Uganda, the cost of trekking gorillas is USD 700 per day. Uganda has benefited greatly from keeping permit prices low.

While Rwanda struggles to sell permits, it receives far more visitors than it used to.

Gorilla permits in Uganda are obtained from The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters in Kampala.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority issues approximately 152 gorilla permits per day for both Bwindi and Mgahinga gorilla families.

Globally, approximately 1000 mountain gorillas are now surviving in the wild, and this is the same reason that mountain gorilla permits are in high demand.

Many tourists want to go there all the time.

Half of these mountain gorillas reside in Uganda and the other half shared by Rwanda and DR Congo. Because of their small remaining overall population worldwide, Mountain gorillas are considered endangered by organizations like the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Because mountain gorillas can be found in both Rwanda and Uganda, the debate over which country is best for a gorilla trekking safari is a matter of personal preference, with many claiming that tracking gorillas from one country is easier and better than tracking gorillas from the other.

In our experience running safaris, each country has advantages over the others, and the final decision on where to go is made by the individual.

Some of our clients decide to see the gorillas in both Rwanda and Uganda to experience the differences in tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda/Rwanda.

GORILLA PERMIT/SAFARI INFORMATION

What is a Gorilla Permit?

A gorilla permit is a document or card provided by ORTPN, the Rwanda Development Board, or the Uganda Wildlife Authority that allows anyone over the age of 15 to trek mountain gorillas in one of three habitats: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park (Uganda), or Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda).

A Gorilla permit is required if you want to see gorillas in the wild. Without it, you will not be allowed to see gorillas.

This helps countries to restrict the number of people who visit gorilla habitats. It also enables national parks to collect the funds needed to safeguard these critically endangered primates. One trek and one hour with the gorillas are included in the permits.
Depending on where the gorillas are on any given day, the duration of the trek can vary.

What is included in the price of a gorilla permit? 

The price of a gorilla permit includes park entrance fees as well as the services of a Ranger guide who will provide security while you track gorillas.

The rangers protect you from wild animals by scaring them away with gunshots (rarely). The price of a gorilla permit does not include accommodation, transportation, porters, or tips. Gorillas bear the most resemblance to humans; they may not be as intelligent as chimps, but their behavior and family structure are strikingly similar to that of humans.

Gorillas are gentler, more peaceful, and considerate of all members of their family. Gorillas will defend their family, especially their young, even if it means letting them die.

There are only about 1,000 mountain gorillas left on the planet.

The fact that gorillas are endangered attracts many travelers and for the same reason, you want to book your gorilla tour permit at least 3 months in advance before the tracking date.

The profits from gorilla permits are used to support gorilla conservation efforts in the amount of 80%.

This means that by paying for the permits, you are also helping to protect creatures that remind us of ourselves and our past. Gorilla tours can be carried out throughout the year.

What is a gorilla habituation permit?

Tourists can participate in the habitation process by purchasing gorilla tracking and habituation permits.

This involves gradually encouraging wild gorillas to the presence of humans, which is necessary for gorilla tracking.

The gorilla habituation permit allows you to spend four hours with the gorillas instead of just one hour on a regular gorilla trek.

How much does a gorilla permit cost?

The cost of a gorilla permit varies by gorilla tour country.

A Uganda gorilla tour permit costs USD.700 per person per day, while a tracking permit costs USD.1,500.

In Uganda, USD. 1,500 enables you to spend roughly 4 hours with gorillas – the exercise is known as the Gorilla habituation experience.

Please keep in mind that Rwanda does not provide gorilla habituation experiences.

How do I get a gorilla permit?

Gorilla tracking and habituation experience permits in Uganda are issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), a government body that manages tourism and wildlife conservation. It is possible to book the permits directly from UWA, but the most convenient way is to use a reliable tour operator.

Your tour operator obtains a Rwanda gorilla tour permit from the Rwanda Tourism Board. Please keep in mind that gorilla trekking permits are not reusable or transferable. A gorilla permit is usually included in the overall cost of a gorilla safari.

To ensure availability, book at least three months in advance.

How many gorilla permits are available in Uganda?

Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National park, UgandaThere are currently around 152 permits available per day. These are split between the habituated gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park.

Does Uganda have discounted gorilla permits?

Yes, discounted gorilla permits may be available in Uganda during the low seasons of April, May, and November – but this is dependent on the number of tourists booked for the period.

During the low season, Mgahinga National Park has only one habituated gorilla group and is less visited.

It can be difficult to predict whether or not you will be able to obtain a gorilla permit in Mgahinga National Park.

What are the requirements for booking a gorilla permit?

To obtain a gorilla permit, you must be 15 years old or older on the day you plan to track gorillas.

It’s also worth noting that gorilla permits are non-transferable, and you’ll be asked for identification at the park to ensure your information matches what’s on the permit.

The age factor is significant because it determines whether you are eligible for gorilla trekking or if you will require the services of a porter while on the trek.

What is included in the price of a gorilla permit?

The cost of a gorilla permit includes park entrance fees as well as the services of the rangers and guides who will accompany you on your gorilla tracking expedition.

The rangers keep you safe from wild attacks by scaring them away with gunshots (rarely).

Please keep in mind that the price of gorilla permits does not include accommodation, transportation, porters, or tips.

Why are gorillas unique?

You could say Gorillas are wiser than chimpanzees. They are more gentle, peaceful, and considerate of all family members. Just like humans, gorillas will give up their lives just to protect their families.

There are only about 1,000 mountain gorillas alive on the entire globe. The fact that they are endangered has increased the demand for permits.

Governments must raise funds to protect primates and preserve their natural habitat. The proceeds from gorilla permits are used to fund 80 percent of gorilla conservation efforts. You are also helping to protect a creature that reminds us of ourselves and our past by paying for the permits.

What is the gorilla permit cancellation policy like?

If you cancel your gorilla tour after purchasing a gorilla permit, The Uganda Wildlife Authority will not refund you anything if you cancel between 0 and 8 days before the tracking date.

If you cancel between four and forty-five days before the activity, UWA will only refund you 25% of the permit cost.

Canceling a tour 46 to 90 days before gorilla trekking attracts a refund of 50% of the cost of the permit. If you cancel the activity 91 days beforehand, you receive a refund of 75%.

These refunds only apply to those who paid the whole amount for the gorilla permit. There are scenarios where the deposits are not refunded. Please check our terms and conditions for more information.

Why Travel to Uganda? 

The majority of safaris in Uganda begin and end in Kampala. Some Uganda Safaris offer camping accommodations, while others offer budget lodge accommodations or a mix of lodge and comfortable camping accommodations.

Because Uganda is best known for its endangered mountain gorillas, we include mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on all of our safaris in Uganda.

Gorilla Trekking Safaris

Trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Forest or Volcanoes typically begins with a hearty breakfast to provide energy for the trek through the jungle.

Before venturing into the dense forest in search of the few remaining mountain gorillas, you must first register at the game ranger station and receive instructions on mountain gorilla trekking dos and don’ts.

Gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda is led by trained safari guides who take you into the bush to track the endangered mountain gorillas.

Gorilla trekking is difficult but rewarding, and it can take anywhere from 2 to 8 hours depending on the last known location of the assigned gorilla family.

For a successful walk, a moderate level of fitness and sturdy walking shoes are required.

Once the gorillas have been spotted on a gorilla trek you have one hour to watch gorillas, relate and communicate with each other. Marvel at the size of the dominant Silverback males and find yourself spellbound by one of Africa’s most poignant wildlife encounters.

Should I purchase a Uganda or Rwanda gorilla permit?

Uganda gorilla permits are cheaper compared to Rwanda gorilla permits: Uganda currently sells a gorilla permit at USD.700 while a habituation permit goes at USD.1500 per person per day.

Compared to Rwanda, Uganda is the only country where you can do a Gorilla habituation experience from.

If you have already tracked gorillas in Rwanda, you definitely want to try Uganda too.

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