How to book Uganda Gorilla permits for 2019, 2020, Uganda Gorilla trekking permit cost, Gorilla permit availability in Bwindi impenetrable National park and Mgahinga Gorilla park
Gorilla trekking is one of the trending Uganda tours and is one of the best adventure safaris in Africa. Mountain Gorillas are located in the Virunga Conservation area an area covering Uganda(Mgahinga Gorilla park), Rwanda(Volcanoes National park) and Dr Congo(Virunga National park). However the remaining half of the gorillas is located in Bwindi Impenetrable national park in Uganda.
Uganda Gorilla Permit
Uganda Wildlife Authority is responsible for issuing the gorilla trekking permits. Every day gorilla permits are issued out. UWA issues 88 gorilla permits per day to Bwindi Impenetrable National park for 11 gorilla groups. For Mgahinga National park, 8 permits are issued every day for 1 gorilla group.
Therefore, in Uganda a total of 96 permits are issued out every day.
In order to do Gorilla trekking in Uganda, you are required to book a gorilla permit. Booking should be done prior to the trekking day. Booking can be done months before the d-day to ensure that you get your slot and a gorilla group to be visited.
So when booking for a Gorilla permit, you will be required to inform the booking office the preferred location so that they can know the availability of the gorilla trekking permit for that day.
2019 Uganda Gorilla trekking Permit Cost
The price of Gorilla trekking permits is $600 in the months of December-March and June-October. Compared this to Rwanda gorilla permits which cost $1500 and in Dr Congo where the cost is just $400.
Discounted Uganda Gorilla permits
Uganda Gorilla permits for the months of April, May and November are discounted to the cost of $450 per permit. You can book for these Gorilla permits way before the time of the trekking.
However UWA recently published that the Uganda Gorilla trekking permit for 2018 will stay at $600 all year through.
Booking for a Uganda Gorilla permit for 2019, 2020
Uganda Gorilla trekking permit booking is a responsibility of UWA, head office in Kampala. Booking can be done on an individual basis or through Gorilla and adventure Safaris.
How to Book Uganda Gorilla permits through UWA
When booking, you can contact the Uganda Wildlife Authority(UWA) by sending then an email with your details and then they will check the dates you desire and then let you know about the availability of Gorilla permits on that specific date.
However in case the permits are not available, then you can ask them about the dates where gorilla permits are available. Upon confirming the date, you will then transfer the money to UWA accounts.
Note: You are required to pay for the bank charges otherwise the gorilla trekking permit will not be confirmed.
Upon finishing the payment, you are then required to send a scanned copy of the Receipt by email to the Booking office for confirmation. The process may take between 2 to 4 days before they confirm your dates and then they will send a scanned copy of your Gorilla permit. The permit should show your full personal details,(name, Passport number, Home Country) the gorilla trekking date and the gorilla group to be visited.
The only task left for you is to show up on the Gorilla trekking day.
Booking Uganda Gorilla permit with Gorilla and Adventure Safaris
However in case you don't want to go through the hustle, Gorilla and Adventure safaris can do the booking for you in case you will do the trekking safari with us. No extra charges are involved if you book the gorilla trekking safari with us.
The booking process is similar to the one above.
When you arrive, our driver will pick you from the Airport and then transfer you to your hotel and then later he will drive you to Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga Gorilla park for the gorilla trekking experience.
Gorilla trekking depends on the day booked for in the safari itinerary. Gorilla and adventure safaris has very flexible Uganda gorilla trekking safari itineraries that are adventurous and memorable.
The gorilla safari can be done in addition to other adventures including Chimpanzee tracking, Wildlife expeditions, Water rafting, Mountaineering, Nature walks, Cultural tours, Canoeing and Bird watching.
However, in case you only want the Uganda Gorilla permit for 2019, then will do the booking at a fee of $50.
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