Complete Guide on How to Acquire a Uganda Gorilla Permit
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) introduced the discounted gorilla permits for the low seasons (April, May and November) so that tourists do not miss the once in the lifetime opportunity to track the mountain gorillas. Ever since UWA introduced these discounted permits, more and more tourists have picked interest in tracking gorillas and participating in other activities like golden monkey tracking, mountain hiking and Batwa cultural trail in the low seasons.
Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest comprises of the highest number of gorilla species with 12 habituated gorilla families and the recently introduced habituation experience which can only be done in Uganda – Rushanga sector of Bwindi gorilla forest opened by the Uganda wildlife authority in 2016.
Expert guides give a pre-trek briefing on specific protocols and rules for visiting the gorillas that live within an altitude of 2500 and 4000m. Porters are available to help carry backpacks and cameras, as well as helping you with your footing along your hike which can be hard work.
How much does a Uganda gorilla permit cost ?
- During the months of April, May and November the gorilla permits used to be sold at $450 from the usual price of $600 for foreign Non-residents hence saving $150.
- Initially when the aspect of discounted permits was introduced, the foreign non-residents were paying $350 but the price was increased by $100.
- Permits for foreign residents (for those living in Uganda and have a valid work permit) are sold at $400 from $500 thereby saving $100.
- At first also the foreign resident were paying only $300 but was also increased by $100, and Shs 150,000 from Shs 250,000 for East African Citizens hence saving Shs 100,000.
However Rwanda maintained the normal price of $1500 for gorilla permits throughout the year without low season discounts on the gorilla permits. This made most tourists to choose gorilla trekking in Uganda. Also Uganda has a variety of attractions including Lake Victoria, wildlife species in the National Parks (climbing lions, other primates for example chimpanzees, big five animals which makes tourist to still choose Uganda at the expense of Rwanda).
Let Us handle all your Uganda Gorilla Permit Booking
Please contact us with date/month and year when you want to trek gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, we will check availability of gorilla permits and inform you. We will send you and invoice and once you have transferred you funds on to our account, we will pre purchase your permits and send you scanned copies.
Booking a Uganda gorilla trekking permit through our travel agency – Great Rafiki Safaris is a reliable option of obtaining a Uganda gorilla permit. We are a fully registered with registrar of companies in Rwanda and Uganda therefore liable to be trusted.
Important Note: At Great Rafiki Safaris prior to gorilla tracking in the Bwindi impenetrable forest Uganda, we first book gorilla passes for our customers ahead of actual tracking date as they often get finished quickly.
Visitor’s Passport Information
After full confirmation of the booking, passport details of the our customers will be require at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to enable writing out the gorilla permits. Please ensure the full names, passport number and country of passport issuance are sent, in order to print and issue your gorilla permits.
Please note: You must be over 15 years of age to obtain a gorilla viewing permit.