Eco Adventure Safaris is an expert in organizing trips for visiting gorillas in May in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park and in Congo Virunga National Park respectively. Kindly let us know which country you would like to go gorilla trekking in Eco Adventure Safaris will help plan and book for you. On Gorilla trekking safari in May, you can as well include in a visit to other savannah national parks for wildlife viewing, boat cruises and cultural encounters.
Discounted Gorilla Trekking Tours for visiting gorillas in May
May is always a low season and with this traveling in month you will benefit from discounts offered by the hotels and various service providers which makes most trips in May be budget-friendly. Eco Adventure Safaris organizes and has listed pocket-friendly gorilla trekking tours on our website. We have both short and long gorilla safaris visiting either Uganda, Rwanda or Congo for gorilla trekking, you can as well combine your tour and trek in all countries.
While most of our safaris start and end in Entebbe, you may choose to begin to end your safari holiday from Kigali and visit both Uganda and Congo. Some of our priced and listed Uganda safaris starting and ending in Kigali can be checked out here.
Where best to visit gorillas in May in Africa?
Gorilla Trekking is done in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo which host the four national parks that are home the only remaining mountain gorillas. These include Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Congo. In Congo you as well have an opportunity to see the Lowland gorillas which are found in Kahuzi Beiga National Park. In order to trek at any of the mentioned national park a gorilla permit is required for you to be allowed to go for gorilla trekking. With this once you have you planned dates of gorilla trekking we recommend you start booking your gorilla trip immediately given the fact services and permits sell out very quickly especially if you plan to do the trek in the peak season of June to September, it is always better to book atleast 5 months in advance prior travelling. Gorilla Trekking at the mentioned parks can be booked directly or through a trusted local Tour Operator.
Cost and Getting Gorilla permits in Uganda
The Gorilla permit in Uganda Costs $700 Per person per trek for the Foreign nonresidents, $600 Per person for residents and $70 for East African Citizens (Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan), this gives you an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Uganda has 17 habituated gorilla family groups with 16 found in Bwindi and 1 in Mgahinga this means 136 Gorilla permits are available every day for gorilla trekking in Uganda. Gorilla trekking in Uganda also gives you an option to spend more time with the mountain gorillas through Gorilla habituation experience which is only done in Bwindi forest, a gorilla habituation permit costs $1500 per person giving you an opportunity to spend 4 hours encounter with the semi habituated mountain gorillas under the guidance of trackers and researchers as opposed to one hour for the normal trekking. Getting gorilla permits in Uganda can be done directly by booking them through Uganda Wildlife Authority or through a trusted tour operator in Uganda like Eco Adventure Safaris.
Cost and Getting Gorilla Permits in Rwanda
The Gorilla permit in Rwanda Costs $1500 Per person per trek for the Foreign non residents, $500 Per person for foreign residents and $200 for East African Citizens (Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan), this gives you an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Rwanda has 12 Gorilla families hence 96 Gorilla permits are available each day for gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. Getting gorilla permits in Rwanda can be done directly by booking them through Rwanda Development Board or through a trusted tour operator in Rwanda like Eco Adventure Safaris.
Cost and Getting Gorilla Permits in DR Congo
Gorilla tracking in Congo is done in Virunga National Park for Mountain Gorillas and Kahuzi Beiga National Park for Lowland gorillas. A gorilla permit in Virunga National Park costs $400 per person per trek for the high season months of Mid-December to mid-march then June to October and then $200 for the low season months of mid-march to mid-May and then mid-October to mid-December every year. A gorilla permit in Kahuzi Beiga National Park costs $400 for foreign non residents, $200 for East Africa Residents and $20 national resident. Getting gorilla permits in Congo can be done directly by booking them through Virunga National Park or through a trusted tour operator like Eco Adventure Safaris.
P.S When booking your gorilla permit it is important to note that the gorilla permit price excludes accommodation, air tickets, ground transport, meals and other expenses, you will need to get more details of the package you are booking with your tour operator.
Best time when to reserve visiting gorillas in May
The best time to book your gorilla trek in May is 3 months before the start date of your trip in May. Always endeavor to start scheduling your gorilla trek a year or so in advance so that you do not lose out on items like gorilla permits. If you are reading this blog post now, please send us your dates when you want to trek gorillas in May and we will check availability of all services including gorilla permits.
As for the case of gorilla permits, once we establish how many permits are there on the specified date in May, we will with no wasting time inform you by email. If we agree, you will be directed to make a payment on to our Bank account to enable us to pay your gorilla permit. Eco Adventure Safaris operates a Dollar account where payment will be received. We accept Bank or wire transfers as well as Debit and Credit Card payments much as the later attracts a surcharge that will be communicated to you.
To confirm you are visiting gorillas in May with Eco Adventure Safaris, we will request you to pay for gorilla permits in full and so that we secure them. Then the balance must be paid 3 weeks to the start of the safari. We hope that such an arrangement is good enough to allow you organize the balance well knowing that your gorilla permit which is a basis of your Spring holiday gorilla safari is already paid for and secured.
Eco Adventure Safaris is one of the few registered and trusted Uganda tour operators who have access to the Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permit database. While in our office, we can check the availability of gorilla permits in all regions of Mgahinga and Bwindi impenetrable National Park as well for Rwanda and Congo anytime during day and night. Very few tour operators have access to UWA gorilla permit portal. We are therefore in a position to view, hold and advise you on availability of gorilla permit at any time any day.
Once payment is made, we will send someone at Uganda Wildlife Authority head office in Kampala which will make the payment, get a booking ID as well as a receipt which we shall scan and send you for your records and perusal. When your gorilla permits are printed, we will go ahead and pick or collect your gorilla permit cards from UWA and keep them safely at our office until the day you start your Spring holiday gorilla safari tour with Eco Adventure Safaris. Your gorilla permit card usually carries all details and should be presented at Bwindi on the day of trekking. Your guide with have it and will hand it over on your behalf. Would you like to know what is included and excluded in all our Spring holiday gorilla trekking tours? Continue reading our conversation below.
What is included in our Gorilla Trekking Tours for visiting gorillas in May
All Eco Adventure Safaris gorilla trekking packages for Spring holidaymakers are all-inclusive of gorilla permits, accommodation as well as the transport to and from Entebbe or Kigali to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. We prefer assisting with all components of the tour or your holiday so that while travelling with us in Africa, your holiday is stress-free having trusted the experts to do it for you. Let’s look at all individual components of our Spring holiday gorilla trekking safari.
Gorilla permit and what is included or excluded
As earlier noted, now Spring holiday gorilla trek trip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mghinga National Park will be possible without a gorilla permit. Are you planning to visit Africa during Spring to see mountain gorillas in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park? If so, kindly contact us now to book your gorilla permit in advance to avoid losing out due to competition.
A gorilla permit is a card issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority that allows you to go to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park home to endangered mountain gorillas to have a chance of viewing them for one hour. Gorilla permits are only valid for the date booked and once expired cannot be used. Make sure that you are available on the day of trekking. This gorilla permit includes spending one hour with a given habituated mountain gorilla family. During this one hour, you will be allowed to take still photos as wells simple videos. Please read our dos and don’ts while with mountain gorillas. You will also listen to an informative talk from your guide or the day. Included as well is services of a ranger guide and tourism police to ensure that security in the forest is guaranteed. The ranger from Uganda Wildlife Authority will be carrying a gun probably an AK47 to scare away any stray animal that may misbehave along the way. Park entry fees for Bwindi impenetrable National Park and or Mgahinga national park is also included in the pre-purchased gorilla permits and is valid for 24 hours.
Choices of Lodges for visiting gorillas in May
Eco Adventure Safaris works with selected Lodges in and around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and we are in a position to suggest the best option when it comes to where you will spend your nights in Bwindi impenetrable National Park. Depending on your budget, we will recommend a budget, Deluxe or Luxury Lodges. Bwindi has four sections of Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija and Nkuringo, and in each of the mentioned region, we do have at least two options for each of the categories mentioned. Our lodges are assessed annually, and we keep monitoring their performances and service by visiting them physically as well as checking their reviews on trip advisor. Tell us your budget, and we will advise you accordingly. Our advice is just a call or email away.
Transport to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Eco Adventure Safaris operates a fleet of both Luxury Land cruisers for our high-end clients and Customized safari vans for those who want to spend less but travel comfortably. All our vehicles are 4×4 and are customized for the rough terrain in Africa. They come with drinking water and are driven by well trained and professional local driver guides. We will make sure that your travel with us is comfortable and foots the bill.
Flying to Kigali, Rwanda or Entebbe international Airport, Uganda
Visiting gorillas in May. You will have an option of flying into Kigali or Entebbe to visit Uganda, Rwanda or Congo for gorilla trekking. Many people prefer flying into Kigali and trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi. The main reason for this is to avoid long drives involved from Entebbe. Check our Uganda safaris from Kigali and get back to us. Those that fly into Entebbe will enjoy a scenic drive that will see you stop at the equator crossing, a chance to have a look at the ankle long-horned cows as well as the rolling hills of Kigezi. Whichever Airport you will use, we will assist in airport transfers as well as the transport to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Why book your Gorilla trekking in May with Eco Adventure Safaris?
Eco Adventure Safaris has positioned herself as one of the leading tour operators offering authentic and value for money gorilla treks to Bwindi impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Virunga National Park and Volcanoes National Park. We endeavor to provide accurate and timely information that you can rely on to organize Gorilla trekking in May in Africa. Our staff are always on standby to assist you with all the arrangements, and if you need more information about our service, please visit our trip advisor page for more information and options about visiting gorillas in May