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Are you planning and interested in trekking gorillas in Uganda, Uganda is one of the three countries in the world where you can see the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat the other countries are Rwanda and DR Congo. For you to be able to go for gorilla trekking you will need to have a gorilla trekking permit which is recommended to be secured in advance however for you to book your gorilla trek it is always advised you first confirm the availability of gorilla permits with your tour operator or with Uganda Wildlife Authority so that you are not frustrated by booking for sold out dates it is easy how to check availability of Gorilla trekking Permits in Uganda once you inform your tour operator or Uganda Wildlife Authority directly you will be able to know which dates have permits available and then you can book your trek on those dates accordingly.
Checking availability of Gorilla trekking permits online in Uganda
When booking a gorilla safari in Uganda checking the availability of Gorilla trekking permits online in Uganda is always the first recommended step so that you book your trip within the dates that have space for trekking in either Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Par, once you have your planned dates of travel we will need you to send us an email so that we can check for you the availability of permits online. This is done through a booking system managed and controlled by Uganda Wildlife Authority that can only be accessed by tour operators in Uganda this booking system displays the dates with availability and those fully booked so once you give us your dates through email we will be able to inform you which dates have availability that you can book your gorilla trek on.
How to book and purchase gorilla trekking permits in Uganda
Once you have confirmed dates with availability the next step will be booking the permits and purchasing them, through a tour operator in Uganda you can book your permits partially and then make payments once payment is through the tour operator will go ahead and purchase for you accordingly. Gorilla permits in Uganda can only be purchased from the headquarters of the Uganda Wildlife Authority. You will need to book and purchase your permit in advance for your gorilla trek given the fact these sell out very quickly on a first come first serve basis it is advised you at least purchase your permits 2-3 months in advance before traveling to Uganda for your gorilla safari, however depending on availability it is as well possible to book your gorilla permits at last minute of your travel to Uganda.
Do I own the Gorilla permit after purchasing it?
After purchasing a gorilla permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority you are given a receipt to confirm purchase which has a booking ID that is always considered when signing in for your trek at either Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Depending on the dates of the gorilla trek you will not be able to get the gorilla permit card until it is one week to the trekking date. If you purchase your gorilla permit through a tour operator they will send you a scanned copy of the receipt of the permits for your records and perusal to confirm that your permits are purchased and secured for a given trekking date. You will own the gorilla permit after purchasing up to the time of signing in for your trek and once your date of trekking has reached you will leave your gorilla permit card with Uganda Wildlife Authority authorities who later send it back to the headquarters for reuse.
How long is the Gorilla permit valid in Uganda?
A Gorilla permit is valid from the time you purchase it to the time of your trekking date after this the booking ID expires and the gorilla permit becomes invalid with this it is advised you plan for your gorilla trek well in advance so that you are able to make it for the booked trekking date. But it is also well understood that due to uncertainties sometimes one may not make it for his/her booked date of trekking with this it advised you reschedule at least one week before your trekking date contact us here for more details.
Cost of Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda
A Gorilla Permit costs USD700 per person per trek for Foreign Non-Residents, USD600 for East African Residents and USD70 for East African Citizens. How to check the availability of Gorilla trekking Permits in Uganda
Where is Gorilla trekking done in Uganda?
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park; both national parks are located in the southwestern parts of Uganda which can be accessed from Entebbe/Kampala and from Kigali, Rwanda.
What is the Best time for Gorilla trekking in Uganda?
The best time to do gorilla trekking in Uganda is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this is makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown
Where to stay on a Gorilla tracking Safari in Uganda
Gorilla tracking Safari in Bwindi Forest National Park is done in the northern part that is Buhoma and Ruhija and in southern part that is Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors. 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 Habituation.
In the northern part, in 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.
Lodges near Mgahinga Gorilla National park include Gahinga Lodge, Lake Chahafi Resort, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, Kisoro Travelers’ Inn among others.
How to get to get to Bwindi Forest 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 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 sign posted 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 High way.
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 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 your Lodge you are booked for your stay.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris your Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda
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