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Are you planning to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and you what to know the availability of gorilla tracking in Bwindi, this is very important for you to know in advance that gorilla permits are available before you decide to pay and book your gorilla trip to Uganda? Gorilla trekking permits are very important in as far as gorilla trekking is concerned. You are required to have a gorilla permit for you to be allowed to trek these endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.
Eco Adventure Safaris is authorized to check the availability of gorilla permits for individual travelers/tourists and international companies. Bwindi has 18 gorilla families open for trekking every day and thus 144 Gorilla permits are available for clients and companies to sell.
What is the process of securing Uganda Gorilla permits?
Availability of gorilla tracking in Bwindi. When you contact Eco Adventure Safaris, we will then contact Uganda Wildlife Authority who are in charge of selling and issuing gorilla permits on behalf of Uganda government and we will tell you the number of gorilla permits available for your planned dates of travel for gorilla trekking in Uganda.
Uganda Wildlife Authority has a reservation system that allows you to call one of the reservations staff so as to establish availability but you can as well send them an email and they will get back to you with availability. If you want to try your lack directly with Uganda Wildlife Authority, please do so in the morning as they tend not to receive telephone calls in the afternoon and evenings.
Availability of gorilla tracking in Bwindi. To avoid the above hustle, please do contact us with the year, month and exact dates when you want to trek and we will check the availability of gorilla permits and advise each permit per family plus which side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is because Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has both the south and the north and some gorilla families are located and can be trekked from the north while others from the south.
Once we have found out gorilla permit availability, we will send you our invoice for payment and once money is wired on to our Bank Account, we will request you to send us your passport details as they are needed by Uganda Wildlife Authority for them to issue out your gorilla permit. We will then scan and send you a copy of this gorilla permit for your records and perusal.
You can pick this gorilla permit from our office on arrival in Uganda or if you have booked a fully inclusive tour with us, it will be part of the package. Our office is open all the time and we can be reached by telephone call or email.
While requesting for gorilla permit availability, you need to specify the year, month and date so that we check basing on your preferred date and time. You should also note that gorilla permit availability changes every minute and thus we advise that once you establish the number of permits, please do book your permits in advance 4 to 5 months in advance to avoid shortage and all the inconveniences associated with last-minute booking.
Reasons why you should book your Uganda gorilla permit through a local tour company
Eco Adventure Safaris is one of the few tour companies or operators allowed access to Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permit database. We have a 24/7 access to permits for Mgahinga National Park as well as Bwindi impenetrable National Park and are in position to check and advise availability anytime any day. When you book your gorilla trekking permit through us, you will be guaranteed fast response about the number of permits available on a given date and month to enable you make a proper decision pertaining your visit.
Not all companies in Uganda have the above privilege and once we find permits, we are also allowed to reserve them for a maximum of seven days are we wait for you to make payment. In the seven days we will send you an invoice to you to make payment and that is done, we expect you to send us POP (proof of payment) since it normally takes 3-4 working days for money to show on our Bank Account. We in most cases use our credit to pay and secure your gorilla permit even before your money show on our account. We accept both Electronic transfers as well as Credit/Debit card payments much as the later attracts a 5% surcharge.
As soon as gorilla permit are paid for at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) we will send you scanned copies of the receipts by email and 2 weeks to your trek, we will again go back to UWA to pick your gorilla permit cards which will have to be presented on the day of trekking.
About Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permit online booking system
In order to ease the work of checking availability and reserving of gorilla permits in Uganda, Uganda Wildlife Authority developed an online system which allows authorized and selected Tour Operators to check availability and reserve gorilla trekking permits there and then online without hassle. This system was introduced I 2016 and is currently being used by selected Tour Operators such as Eco Adventure safaris.
Initially, when a company would receive an inquiry about gorilla permits and tours, they had to contact UWA head office staff on phone or drive to their offices to check availability. This became time consuming and inconvenienced both tour operators and individual tourists. There was no chance of holding or reserving permits for 7 days as it is now meaning that gorilla permits were issued out on first come first serve to whoever would come with cash.
Due to so many telephone calls and emails, it became very hard to get audience or response something that was a problem to tour operators. With the introduction of this online system, working of checking gorilla permits has been made easy.
Who is allowed to check gorilla permits in Uganda online?
Ever since Uganda gorilla trekking permits went online, its only selected tour operators that can view and reserve them. Eco Adventure Safaris is one of the few privileged tour operators who have access to this database and we normally provide availability to our potential clients as soon as possible.
What happens when the gorilla permit online system is down/Not working?
Sometimes Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permit online systems can develop complications just like any software. Once this gorilla permits online system is down or slow, we will call UWA head offices and be able to check availability on your behalf. We also have our representative who normally visits UWA offices daily and can always assist in checking and reserving your gorilla trek permit.
Can I book my gorilla permit directly with Uganda Wildlife Authority?
This is one of the many frequently asked question by people who are planning to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga. Is it possible? The answer is yes. Booking gorilla permits directly with Uganda Wildlife Authority requires you to make a phone call or send an email which will be replied to by one of their reservations staff. He/she will provide the availability of permits on the requested date and send you an invoice to make payment on UWA bank Account. Once payment is made, your gorilla permit card will be issued and you will have to collect it yourself after providing proof by show of driving permit or passport.
While this looks a simple and straight forward method of booking your gorilla permit, those who have tried calling or sending an email tend to receive late responses which can sometimes be frustrating. We have had clients who came to us confirming how stressful this was. We hope that this will improve with time but at the moment, we encourage you to book your gorilla permit with a recognized Tour company in Uganda to eliminate all this hassle.
Updates on Uganda gorilla permit price
Currently the Uganda gorilla permit price to see mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga cost $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for Foreign residents with a working permit and 250,000 Uganda shillings for citizens of East Africa.
Uganda also offers an opportunity to spend more time with mountain gorillas when you book a gorilla habituation experience permit which cost $1500 per person for four hours. Gorilla habituation experience safaris are currently being conducted in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Rushaga and Nkuringo. For more information about Gorilla habituation safaris conducted by Eco Adventure Safaris.
Why book your gorilla trek with Eco Adventure Safaris?
At Eco Adventure Safaris we provide personalized service with the utmost dedication to the safety and enjoyment of our clients. We are committed to the well-being of our staff and guests as well as to having a positive impact on the communities and wild places that our operations reach. On all our operations and safaris, we embrace the environmental ethic “Take Nothing but Photographs, Leave Only Footprints” all our packages are eco-friendly. During your travel Post-Covid safety and health of our clients will be our major priority and we shall ensure all our service providers and workers implement the SOPs and healthy guidelines set for the safety and health of clients and services providers while on safari. Contact us here about the availability of gorilla tracking in Bwindi