Gorilla Permit booking Information
You need gorilla permit handled by each of the national parks to trek mountain gorillas. Encounter Africa Safaris
provides relevant gorilla permit booking information
for Rwanda and Uganda to enable you plan your gorilla safari well..
Usually you have to obtain a gorilla permit several months in advance. We always advise at least 5 months in advance or prior to your visit. While booking a gorilla tour, always pay your gorilla permit fee in advance to enable us acquire it for you.
Gorilla trekking is guaranteed when you acquire a permit. Uganda and Rwanda gorilla permits are very competitive and scarce most especially during peak seasons of June, July, August, September, December and February. Sometimes gorilla tracking permits get sold out four months in advance so any traveler needs to book a gorilla permits 3-4 month in advance. Kindly follow our gorilla permit booking information for details.
What is a gorilla permit?
A gorilla permit
is a document or card issued by ORTPN, Rwanda Development Board or Uganda Wildlife Authority that allows any traveler above 15 years of age to trek mountain gorillas in any of the three habitats – Bwindi Impenetrable national Park, Mgahinga National Park (Uganda) and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. A permit allows you to view gorillas for only one hour but the gorilla trekking itself can take a minimum of 30 minutes or up to nine hours while looking for gorillas in the forest.
Our Gorilla Permit Booking Information is aimed at providing you details to prepare well for your gorilla safari.
How much does a gorilla permit cost?
A gorilla permit in Uganda costs USD $600 per person and USD1500 for gorilla habituation experience permits.
A single gorilla permit can only be used once (single day), by a single person and to trek Uganda gorillas in only two destinations, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National
Buy your gorilla permits or secure your gorilla permit in Kampala (the capital of Uganda) at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters by paying USD $600 per person for foreign non residents, USD500 for foreign residents with working permits and sh250,000 for East African Citizens. Encounter Africa Safaris organizes all inclusive safaris to see gorillas including our popular 3 day budget gorilla safari to Bwindi.
In Rwanda you can get permits through the Rwanda Development Board offices (ORTPN) in Kigali or Ruhengeri (near the PNV) after paying $1500.
Is a gorilla permit reusable?
If trekking gorillas in Uganda, one needs to mind about the gorilla permit you will be holding as it will determine the Region in which you will trek gorillas and the accommodation lodge. Unlike other mountain gorilla National Parks, Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park has several sections and thus each section/region has its own gorilla families and accommodation properties.
Bwindi gorilla trekking regions include:
• Buhoma in the North,
• Ruhija in the East,
• Rushaga and
• Nkuring in the South.
Please follow our Gorilla Permit Booking Information before confirming any accommodation property as this should be determined by the gorilla permit you will be holding.
Each region has its own gorilla groups or families and for those interested in trekking given region should let Encounter Africa Safaris know so that we act accordingly while booking your gorilla permit.
Note that gorilla family allocation happens on the day of trekking where tourists are grouped depending on their physical abilities and interest. You will need to express your interest so that they allocate you a gorilla group that will help you achieve it. For more information and gorilla permit booking and allocation, do contact us at Encounter Africa safaris.
How to acquire a gorilla permit?
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.
To help us do this, you need to send us your passport details which are needed by Uganda Wildlife Authority in order to print and issue your gorilla permits.