Are you curious about gorilla permits? Find out what they are, how much they cost, and how to book one in Uganda, Rwanda, or DR Congo with this guide!
What is a Gorilla Permit?, How much is gorilla permit? and How to book a Gorilla pass for Uganda or Rwanda and DR Congo.
What is a Gorilla Permit?
A Gorilla permit is a Pass and Ticket in form of a document bearing a booking ID number that permits some one to Trek Gorillas.
Government Tourism bodies are in charge of issuing out passes to view man’s closest cousin.
For instance i n Uganda, UWA – Uganda Wild life Authority is responsible for issuing permits.
In Rwanda it is RDB – Rwanda Development Board and Irembo.
Where as in DR Congo Virunga National Park is in charge of selling slots.
The greatest number of mountain gorillas in the world is found in Uganda followed by Rwanda.
Democratic Republic of Congo comes last.
Bwindi forest or Mgahinga National park, Volcanoes National park and Virunga National park respectively.
These are the Tracking venues which address what is a Gorilla permit? Question.
The above Gorilla National parks are Tourism hot spots.
Thousands of Tourists across the globe travel to Uganda and Rwanda each year to undertake gorilla trekking.
These excursions not only offer a close encounter with these amazing beings, but aid in raising money for mountain gorilla conservation.
Every visitor needs a permission in order to see the mountain gorillas.
How to book a Gorilla pass?
Both Tour operators and Tour Companies help Trekkers to book and secure passes which Governments issue.
Please use reputable companies that are fully registered and recognised by Uganda Tourism Board.
They should be members of Association of Uganda Tour Operators as well.
How much is gorilla permit?
Cost of Uganda Gorilla permit
Each Uganda slot costs USD 700 (for normal tracking) to view and spend 1 hour with the gorillas after finding them.
On the other hand, Slot for Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda cost USD1500 (GHEX), to view the gorillas while observing their behaviours for 4 hours after finding them.
Tour packages for normal gorilla trekking Uganda include
2 Days Gorilla Trekking itinerary where a guest flys in and out of Kigali Airport then connects to either Bwindi forest or Mgahinga national park Uganda.
Another option is 3 Days Gorilla Trekking package. Here a guest flys in and out of either Entebbe International Airport or Kigali Airport.
Prices range from 1200$ to 1900$ depending on the package you choose and type of Accommodation.
Cost of Rwanda Gorilla Permit
In Rwanda, a gorilla licence costs USD 1500 per permit. For those looking to experience a luxurious gorilla trek in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, the country offers both luxury trekking choices and high-end lodging options.
Rwanda Gorilla Tour packages include
1 Day gorilla trekking from Kigali and back to Kigali
2 Days gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park and 3 days gorilla Trek Rwanda.
For all Gorilla packages, guests are advised to fly in and out of Kigali International Airport then drive to Volcanoes national park where gorilla trekking takes place.
Rwanda Gorilla Tour packages cost between USD 19850 and USD 6000 depending on the package you choose and type of Accommodation.
Price Congo Gorilla Trekking permit
Congo offers the best value for money because a gorilla trek permit goes for only USD 400 per Permit for Virunga National Park.
Due to security reasons , 3-5 Days Gorilla Tour package apply
Cost of gorilla safari package in Congo is USD 1200 to USD 2300 per person
Tour Company to help on How to book Gorilla permit
Slots for all the three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo are purchased through a reliable tour operator such as Katona Tours and Travel.
It is advisable to buy your pass in advance since they are on high demand therefore slots sell out many months ahead of the Trekking date.
Please be aware that payment for these passes are made to the appropriate governments.
in the event of a cancellation, governments do not refund money for to cancel passes.
They however give chance to reschedule the permits to a future date.
In the event of cancellation, if you book your pass with Katona Tours and Travel, we will help you to either reschedule or move the permits to another guest.
In this way you get back your money and this is free of charge.
Lastly, Katona Tours will explain to you, questions like What is a Gorilla permit? and How to book a Gorilla Pass questions.