Booking and Buying Gorilla Trekking Permits 2023-2024. What is a Gorilla Permit? What is Gorilla Trekking and how to Purchase a gorilla permit
What is a Gorilla Permit?
A Gorilla Permit is a legal document granting entry to Tourists to visit habituated gorillas in National parks of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
Tour operators or safari firms can purchase permits on behalf of the Guests.
Securing of gorilla Permits is at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in Uganda and RDB in Rwanda whereas Congo in Virunga National park.
One can go Trekking gorillas in Uganda from Kigali Rwanda.
Definition of What is Gorilla Trekking?
Gorilla trekking is the activity of visiting habituated gorilla families in Rain Forest Jungles.
Once Tourists locate them, viewing the gorillas is 1 hour duration within the Virunga Mountains.
Tracking exercise takes 1 to 7 hours round trip including the gorilla viewing time after finding them.
How to purchase a gorilla permit
The most crucial factors to consider if organizing a gorilla safari is to buy your gorilla permit ahead of time.
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Immediately you decide to go gorilla trekking, reserve your permit in advance.
The peak months include January, February, June, July, August, September, October and December.
Purchase Gorilla permits from accredited Tour companies but not from other sources.
Booking Rwanda gorilla permits
Volcanoes national park in Rwanda is the only park where you can go Trekking Gorillas.
In Volcanoes National park, there are ten habituated gorilla groups for trekking and a gorilla permit costs 1500 USD for foreign non-residents.
500USD for Foreign residents and all Africans that are not East Africans then 200USD for all East Africans.
Buying Uganda Gorilla Permits
Both Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest are gorilla trekking venues in Uganda.
Mgahinga has one gorilla family the Nyakagezi and sometimes a gorilla family from Volcanoes park Rwanda crosses to Mgahinga park making 2 gorilla groups
On the other hand, Bwindi Forest has 21 habituated gorilla families available for tracking and a Uganda gorilla permit cost 700USD for normal tracking.
More so, Bwindi National park has 4 Gorilla groups under Gorilla Habituation Experience and a permit cost 1500USD.
UWA issues more than 160 gorilla permits or slots for Uganda every day but each permit is valid for that particular date on the license.
There are four tracking sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park. The sector of the Gorilla permit you get determines which gorilla family to visit.
Securing Congo Gorilla Permits
At Virunga park Congo, there are eight different gorilla groups, and permits for tracking them cost 400 USD.
Unlike Uganda and Rwanda, you can book Congo gorilla permits through a Tour operator or directly with Virunga park.
On the basis of mutual confidence, the park and Tour operator assist you to reserve the permit.
Additionally, Tour guides can reserve Kahuzi-Biega gorilla permits for you on ground to view Eastern lowland gorillas.
On a short notice, you can book Congo’s Lowland gorilla permits however, we advise you to do the booking a head of time.
Always book your gorilla permits with credible Tour companies that is fully registered with Tourism Associations such as Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO), Uganda Tourism Board and Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
During Gorilla booking, your Tour operators asks you to send copies of your passport or passport data pages. The details are for writing your gorilla permits.
In conclusion, there are less than 1000 mountain gorillas left in the wild, making them an endangered species.
These are found in Mountain Gorilla National Parks of Congo or Uganda and Rwanda Park. The opportunity to see them in the wild is unique and the exorbitant cost of permits is partly due to their endangered status.
Governments require money in order to save primates and their natural habitat.
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