Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda – gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda
To trek gorillas in Uganda you need to have a gorilla trekking permit. A gorilla trekking permit is a document or card issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) an organization that is responsible for conservation of wildlife in Uganda to acknowledge payment and permit an individual to trek gorillas in Uganda.
Uganda is popular for gorilla safaris being home to over 50% of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. There are two homes to mountain gorillas in Uganda and these are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. A gorilla trekking permit is needed for trekking gorillas in both parks.
How to book for a Uganda gorilla trekking permit
Booking for a gorilla trekking permit is one of the troubling things while booking a gorilla safari in Uganda. This is because gorilla trekking permits can easily get fully booked and therefore needs early booking and at times flexibility in the trip incase 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 gorilla safari. When you contact Acacia Safaris 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 as 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 for a trekking permit in Mgahinga you can book through your tour operator. Trekking in Mgahinga can best be tailored with a golden monkey trekking experience since this is the only place where these beautiful primates can be seen.
What is the cost of a Uganda gorilla trekking safari?
As of 2019, foreign non-residents require US$ 600 for each gorilla permit in Uganda. Foreign residents require US$ 500 for each gorilla permit in Uganda. East African residents require UGX 250,000 for a single gorilla permit.
Effective 1st July 2020, foreign non-residents will require US$ 700 to purchase a Uganda gorilla permit. Foreign residents will require US$ 600 to buy a Uganda gorilla permit. East African Residents will still be able to purchase a gorilla permit.
|Foreign non-resident||Foreign Resident||East African Resident|
|2019-1st July 2020||US$ 600||US$500||UGX 250,000|
|July 2020 onwards||US$ 700||US$ 600||UGX 250,000|
Each permit is valid for individuals above 15 years of age and can be used for a single trek. Maximum of 1 hour is allowed for trekkers to be in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas.
This is the most helpful information for your gorilla safari in Uganda that will help you have the best permit booking experience.
Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Tours
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The 6 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari Uganda Wildlife Tour takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National park for Mountain Gorilla Tracking in the forest. On the fourth day, our Uganda safari guide will transfer you to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive in the Ishasha sector while on a search. View Details
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