Gorilla Permits in Uganda – Everything you need to knowGorilla Tracking Uganda
Gorilla Permits in Uganda – Everything you need to know
Being home to more than half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, Uganda is a must visit gorilla trekking destination. Mountain gorillas are an endangered species and Ecotourism has been the best way of preserving the remaining population, something that has greatly yielded results. The conservation process is very costly and it’s only from proceeds of gorilla trekking permits that the conservation can go ahead. Each permit contributes to the conservation of the gorillas and natural habitat therefore making each penny worth investing in. Gorilla permits are the only assurance that allocates an individual to have the opportunity of trekking mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Uganda has two different habitats and many people wonder how permits are allocated and everything else about gorilla permits.
What is a gorilla permit?
A gorilla trekking permit is a document or small card issued as permission for an individual to trek a single family of Mountain Gorillas after payment of the permit cost. A gorilla permit is issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
A gorilla permit is the only document that allows a person to visit any of the gorilla safari parks be it Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for Uganda gorilla safaris.
What is the cost of a gorilla permit in Uganda?
In Uganda, foreign non-residents have to pay US$ 700 to purchase a Uganda gorilla permit. Foreign residents will pay US$ 600 to buy a Uganda gorilla permit. East African Residents will purchase a gorilla permit at Ugandan Shillings 250,000 only.
- Foreign Residents here refer to tourists who are not Ugandans and are from other countries specifically outside East Africa just for the purpose of Uganda gorilla safaris.
- Foreign residents refer to foreigners who live in Uganda and have a working permit or any other identification as residents of Uganda.
- East African citizens here refers to the people of the East African community of which Uganda is part of.
Uganda has discounted gorilla permits for the period till March 2021 and those who need to take advantage of these permits should contact their Uganda gorilla safari company early for bookings.
Who is eligible for a gorilla trekking permit?
Each day 8 tourists are allowed to trek one gorilla family. However, not anyone is eligible to purchase a gorilla trekking permit. Only individuals above the age of 15 are allowed to purchase a gorilla permit for mountain gorillas in Uganda.
This is the minimum age because it is believed that persons below the age of 15 may not be able to adhere to rules and regulations of gorilla trekking. They may react in ways that may not be comfortable for the gorillas. Individuals above the age of 15 years are thought to be able to follow all the rules and regulations set by the park for trekking.
Those below the age of 15 cannot be allowed to purchase a gorilla permit. However, those who have about 15 years can have an exception but this is only when it is a few months to their 15th birthday. This is done only when you are allowed by the relevant authorities and the individual has to trek alongside their parents.
How do I get a gorilla permit?
To get a gorilla permit in Uganda, you can contact the relevant authorities. A gorilla trekking permit can be purchased through a tour operator who help you with all the permit bookings. It is easier to book your permit through a tour operator than doing it individually.
How many gorilla permits are in Uganda?
There are about 152 gorilla permits in Uganda available each day. These permits are for both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Each gorilla family can be trekked by 8 individuals in a single day. Permits are allocated according to sectors and the family to be trekked is allocated in the morning of the gorilla trekking experience.
To have a gorilla trekking experience, you will have to have a gorilla trekking permit and now you know how to do so. For a Rwanda gorilla safari or gorilla trekking in Congo, tourists should also book permits and this should be done as soon as possible before the trekking date.