Before taking an African gorilla trekking safari, an individual needs to book a gorilla trekking permit. A gorilla permit is a document or card that is issued by the authorities governing the gorilla safari parks to a tourist who pays for the experience.
The gorilla permit is the only document that makes it possible for any person to enter the conservation parks and have the opportunity to spend a maximum of 1 hour in the presence of these great apes.
Mountain gorillas are the only great apes currently facing population increase and being able to spend a maximum of 1-hour sharing with them their natural habitat is such a great and memorable wild jungle experience.
When to book for a gorilla permit should be at least 6 months in advance. The recommended time is within the time of 6 months to 1 month to the trip. It is recommended to book a gorilla trekking permit early because of the high demand for permits that could make it impossible to book a permit.
Gorilla permits are available all year round and bookings are always done according to availability. To be sure that the permit is booked, a person must pay 30% of the cost which is USD 700 for Foreign non-residents, USD 600 for foreign residents, and Ugandan shillings 250,000 for East African citizens. (there are times when discounts are available, always contact).
Last-minute bookings can easily result in disappointment as the permits can get fully booked for a specific date. Only 8 permits are available each day to see a gorilla group. There are 19 gorilla families in Uganda.
Booking for a gorilla trekking permit is one of the troubling things while booking a Uganda gorilla safari. This is because gorilla trekking permits can easily get fully booked and therefore needs early booking and at times flexibility in the trip in case permits are not available on a specific day.
To book a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda, you need to contact your Uganda safari tour operator to help with all bookings including gorilla trekking and all necessary bookings for a Uganda gorilla tour.
When you contact Gorilla Tracking Uganda, we help you book your gorilla trekking permit depending on the availability of the permits and choice of accommodation.
For easy bookings, you need to make your payment early to enable payments to the Uganda Wildlife Authority. In Bwindi Forest National Park, you can book a gorilla trekking permit in one of the 4 gorilla trekking sectors which are named Ruhija, Rushaga, Buhoma, and Nkuringo.
Each of these sectors has several habituated gorilla families that are open to gorilla trekking by tourists on Uganda safaris. A sector is allocated on your preference during booking or depending on availability when you need to trek.
For Mgahinga National Park, there is a single gorilla family known as the Nyakagezi gorilla family which is one of the best families to trek on safari. To book a trekking permit in Mgahinga you can book through your tour operator.
Acacia safaris have done bookings for gorilla trekking and therefore contact us for bookings and any important information on the best time to go trekking or any other queries.