Why book Uganda gorilla trekking permit in advance
why book Uganda gorilla trekking permit in advance: A gorilla trekking permit is a document or card that is issued to a visitor above the age of fifteen allowing him or her to visit a habituated gorilla family. A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda costs $600 for foreign non-residents, $500 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents though the permit was increased by $100 for foreign non-residents and foreign residents. Gorilla trekking is an exciting activity which is carried out in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in southwestern Uganda in Kanungu district and harbors 19 habituated gorilla families which are found in four destinations namely Rushaga sector, Buhoma sector, Nkuringo sector and Ruhija sector. The national park is the most visited gorilla destination in Africa because it harbors half of the worlds habituated gorilla families. Mgahinga gorilla national park is another gorilla destination in Uganda located in southwestern Uganda in Kisoro district and harbors 2 habituated gorilla families namely Nyakagezi and Hirwa. Hirwa family migrated from the neighboring Volcanoes national park in October 2019 to add on Nyakagezi family.
Why book gorilla trekking permit in advance
Gorilla trekking is the most done activity in Uganda which means that the gorilla trekking permits are on high demand due to the fact that Uganda offers a cheap gorilla trekking permit compared to Rwanda where the permit costs $1500 for all nationals. visitors should therefore book a gorilla trekking permit 3 to 4 months in advance before the trekking date because the permits are competitive and usually get sold out especially during the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February.
Booking a gorilla trekking permit in advance gives you an opportunity to choose a gorilla destination where you want to trek the endangered mountain gorillas either in Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. Once you have booked a gorilla trekking permit you can also book a lodge where you will be staying during your gorilla trekking safari which helps you to choose the best lodge offering quality services and facilities and also near the area where you will be trekking the mountain gorillas so as not to be late for the briefing at the park headquarters on the day of trekking.
Booking a gorilla trekking permit in advance helps you to relax your mind as you prepare for the gorilla trekking date because everything will be organized in advance by the tour operator. when you book a gorilla trekking permit in advance you only sit back, prepare money that you will use on the safari and other essentials that are used for gorilla trekking such as hiking shoes, garden gloves, long sleeved trouser and shirt, waterproof rain jacket, backpack, warm sweater, camera among others
How to book a gorilla trekking permit
A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) offices in Kampala by contacting them via email or on phone. There is another option of booking a gorilla trekking permit through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris.
- When booking through a tour operator you will contact us with the date, month, year and destination where you want to trek the mountain gorillas
- We will check for gorilla trekking permits availability depending on your dates and let you know when the permits are available.
- You will be asked to make a deposit on the gorilla trekking permit on our bank accounts
- After making the deposit you will be asked to send your scanned passport documents which will be used to register for your permit and we will acquire a gorilla trekking permit for you and send a scanned copy of the permit as conformation.
Booking through Achieve global safaris is the best option in that we will not only book for you a gorilla trekking permit but also plan for your entire gorilla trekking safari which involves accommodation, transportation and other activities that you can engage in while on your gorilla trekking safari.
What is included in a gorilla trekking permit?
A gorilla trekking permit includes the one hour which is spent with the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat learning more about their lifestyle, behaviors, habits, taking photos with flash less camera and recording the moments while gorilla trekking itself takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours. It also includes the services of a gorilla trekking guide or park ranger who will be sharing information about the mountain gorillas, park entrance fees, services of gorilla trackers who look for the gorilla families early in the morning and communicate to the gorilla trekking guide so as to know where to find them during trekking and the permit also includes your security inform of park rangers who carry guns to ensure that you are safe during your gorilla trekking safari.
Visitors interested in booking a Uganda gorilla trekking permit in advance can book for 3 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari, 2 days Uganda gorilla trekking from Kigali, 6 days Uganda gorilla safari among others with Achieve Global Safaris or visit out website for more gorilla trekking packages in Uganda and other gorilla destination.