2022 gorilla trekking permits in Uganda : Gorilla trekking permits are legal documents that are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority a government body in charge of tourism and conservation to any visitor above the age of 15 years allowing him or her to spend one hour with the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking is the most popular activity in Uganda and its carried out in two destinations that is Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in southwestern part of Uganda.
2022 gorilla trekking permits in Uganda
2022 gorilla trekking permit in Uganda costs 700 USD per person for foreign non residents, 600 USD per person for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX per person for East African citizens. A gorilla habituation permit costs 1,500 USD per person for foreign non residents, 1,000 USD per person for foreign residents and 750,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
The gorilla trekking permit price includes the one hour in the presence of the mountain gorillas, services of a trained Uganda wildlife authority ranger guide, security from armed park rangers, park entrance fees among others.
When to book 2022 gorilla trekking permits in Uganda
2022 gorilla trekking permits in Uganda can be booked anytime throughout the year though it’s advisable to book 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date especially during the dry season in the months of June to September and December to February. During the dry season permits are competitive and get sold out quickly therefore in order to avoid last minute disappointments, you are required to book in advance.
How to book 2022 gorilla trekking permits in Uganda
Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife authority by contacting the head offices in Kampala via email or telephone calls. Gorilla trekking permits can also be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where by you will contact us with the dates and gorilla destination you want to visit. After contacting us we will check for permit availability and if there are permits that match with your dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permits. Once we receive the payment, we will purchase the permits on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation. Booking gorilla trekking permits in Uganda through a tour operator is the best option to use in that we will not only book gorilla trekking permits for you but also plan for your entire safari which involves transportation to and from the gorilla destination, accommodation where you will stay during the safari, meals and advise on activities you can combine with gorilla trekking.
Gorilla trekking experience in Uganda
Uganda harbors half of the world’s mountain gorilla population which makes it the most visited gorilla destination. Gorilla trekking in both Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow at the park headquarters. After the briefing you will be subdivided into groups of 8 people which is done according to various factors like age, personal preference and physical fitness. Trekking of the mountain gorillas takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on where they are located and during trekking you will be able to view other primate species like chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, view mammals, different bird species, plant and tree species among others. Once the mountain gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, playing, grooming young ones, learn more about their behaviors, take photos and record the fascinating moments to show people back home after the safari.
How to get to the gorilla destinations in Uganda
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in southwestern part of Uganda and they can be accessed by road transport and air transport means.
Road transport, when using road transport means you will drive from Kampala or Entebbe through Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and then to Bwindi impenetrable national park which takes about 8 to 9 hours’ drive and Mgahinga gorilla national park which takes about 9 to 10 hours’ drive.
Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park can also be accessed from Kigali Rwanda whereby you tourists will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to one of the gorilla destination through Cyanika border in Kisoro or Katuna border in Kabale.
Air transport, when using air transport means you will book scheduled or charter flights with Aero link Uganda from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kihihi and Kisoro airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
For more information about 2022 gorilla trekking permits in Uganda, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris.