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Are you interested in trekking and seeing the mountain gorillas in Uganda, we will help you make your dream come true through advising you on how to book Uganda Gorilla permits for 2022-2023 and beyond? Gorilla trekking in Uganda is only done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which are both found in southwestern Uganda. For you to be allowed to do gorilla trekking at one of the National parks you are required to have a valid gorilla trekking permit which is presented to the park authorities to sign you in for the trek on a given day.
How much is Gorilla Trekking Permits in Uganda
Gorilla trekking package in Uganda is determined by the gorilla permit price, a gorilla permit costs USD700 per person for foreign nonresidents, USD600 for East African foreign residents, and Uganda Shillings 250,000 ($70). This gorilla permit gives you an opportunity to track and spend one hour encountering the mountain gorillas in the Bwindi forest.
How to book and purchase Uganda gorilla trekking permits
Uganda gorilla trekking permits can be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority or through a trustworthy tour operator like Eco Adventure Safaris, once you have confirmed your dates of travel and a date for gorilla trekking, we will need you to send us an email at contact us, so that we can check availability of gorilla permits for those dates with Uganda Wildlife Authority once we confirm permits are available we will book them for you tentatively online as you proceed the payment for us to purchase them for you accordingly. We advise you to book your gorilla permits in advance prior to traveling to Uganda to avoid the disappointment of missing out on the gorilla trek. Gorilla permits are always on a high demand throughout the year but especially during the peak season, with this it is always better to secure your permits atleast 2 to 3 months in advance.
After booking your permits payment and purchase is done at Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters located in Kampala, you can purchase your permits in full payment and percentage payment depending on the date time frame of your trekking, purchase percentages of either 70% can only be made for treks taking place 5 months and above, contact us here for more details about how to purchase Uganda Gorilla permits.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is done in four sections that is Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south and Buhoma and Ruhija in the North, with this when securing your permit you should always consider which sector you are booked for your trek so that you book lodges which are close to the starting point, in Mgahinga gorilla trekking is only done at one section tracking Nyakagezi gorilla group and for this, you can book lodges close to the park and in Kisoro town.
What will happen to your Gorilla permits if you don’t travel due to Covid travel restrictions?
Uganda Wildlife Authority recognizes the outbreak of the covid-19 and its impact on travel itineraries of tourists planning to visit Uganda and has therefore issued various measures to ease booking and purchasing of gorilla permits for May 2020 to December 2022 including relaxing its booking policy as follows;
- Uganda Wildlife Authority has adapted a policy permitting the rescheduling of all the affected gorilla permits for a period up to December 2022. With this all clients who for example book and purchase gorilla permits for tracking later this year and their travel is affected by covid-a9 restrictions will be able to reschedule twice and use their permits later on the future dates up to December 2022. Contact us here we will be able to help you process all this for you.
- The Authority has further offered the issuance of Credit statements for the purchasers of gorilla permits to allow them make new reservation when it is convenient and safe for them but within the period of only up to December 2022 subject to the terms and conditions to be provided in the credit statement.
Where to stay in Bwindi during gorilla trekking
Lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park will depend on which sector you are booked in for your trek these include; In Rushaga, you can stay at Rushaga Gorilla camp, Four Gorillas Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Nsongi Camp, Icumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge and Karungi Camp. In Nkuringo you can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge, or Lake Mutanda Resort, all these lodges are close to the start point of Gorilla trekking in Nkuringo. In the northern part, in the Buhoma sector you can stay at Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Ride 4 a Woman among others, In Ruhija you can stay at Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Agandi Eco Lodge, Gift of Nature Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge, and Broadbill Tented Camp among others.
Where to stay in Mgahinga during gorilla trekking
Lodges near Mgahinga Gorilla National Park include Lake Chahafi Resort, Gahinga Lodge, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, Kisoro Travelers’ Inn among others.
How to get to Bwindi and Mgahinga for gorilla trekking
By Road: This will depend on which sector you will be doing your gorilla trek in Bwindi Forest; Bwindi can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which is approximately 8-9 hours drive. The northern sectors of Ruhija and Buhoma can be accessed by turning off along the Kabale-Kisoro road you will see the signposted of Uganda Wildlife Authority which you will follow up to the designated sector for your trek. The southern sectors of Rushaga and Nkuringo trailheads can be reached using the road turning off at Muko along Kabale-Kisoro Highway. This same road will take you to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
By Air: You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip to access the southern sectors of Rushaga and Nkuringo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and then to Kihihi airstrip for the northern sectors of Ruhija and Buhoma. Scheduled and chartered flights are available and operated by domestic airline operators of Aero link and Fly Uganda. You will need to plan with your tour operator for a transfer from the airstrip to the Lodge you are booked for your stay.
What is the best time to go for gorilla trekking in Uganda?
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done throughout the year categorized with low and peak seasons, the best time to do gorilla trekking in Uganda is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this makes it easier to travel to the park, it easy for the treks given the fact the forest is not too muddy and gives a clear view of the mountain gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown, however sometimes, the rainy season is considered better to go for a Gorilla trekking as there is a lot of food growing because of rain and mountain gorillas can clearly be spotted in the forest with a short walk given the fact they tend to move shorter distances looking for food, then as well the rainy season happens in the low season which has no crowds and treks are done by few tourists giving you privacy.
Why Book Uganda Gorilla Permits for 2022-2023 with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris will help you book your gorilla trekking permits trekking in Uganda contact us and we advice you on the booking process. We as well have different Uganda gorilla trekking safari packages ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury options that we can book for you including the gorilla permits. Is Bwindi Forest safe for Gorilla Trekking, Feel free to check out our TripAdvisor reviews and read from a community of happy satisfied clients. With us, Book Uganda Gorilla Permits for 2022-2023 you can be rest assured of a memorable Uganda safari holiday. We are devoted to providing excellent service and customer satisfaction. Our team of excellent tour consultants is always willing to help answer all your safari questions. We guarantee you a great gorilla tour in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo with us.