Gorilla tracking takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park and one requires permission in order to watch or view mountain gorillas. This therefore means that you will have to purchase a gorilla permit to allow you see mountain gorillas in Uganda. As previously explained, Uganda wildlife Authority issues out electronic gorilla permit cards at its head office in Kampala and it is this card that you will take to Bwindi Impenetrable National park headquarters on the day of gorilla trekking. Once it is checked and found valid, you will then be allowed to trek gorillas. One gorilla permit allows you to trek gorillas and if you find them, spend one hour and then return back. A gorilla permit includes a gorilla guide who will trek with you until you find the rare mountain gorillas, it also includes park entry fees for Bwindi Impenetrable national park as well spending one hour of photography and observing mountain gorillas.
Uganda Wildlife Authority is the only body mandated to sell or issue out gorilla permits. This is because they are the ones in charge of all national parks in Uganda including mountain gorilla parks of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. First identify the year, month and date when you intend to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park before thinking of booking a gorilla permit. Once you have that in mind, then contact us and we will check availability for you and we will let you know if the date you are interested in is possible. Booking a gorilla permit must be done with cash so we will invoice you for full payment. Once you have made payment, you will have to provide us with your passport details as they are required by Uganda Wildlife Authority for two reasons. The first one is, UWA would like to know if indeed you are eligible or have the right age allowed to trek mountain gorillas. Age limit for Uganda and Rwanda is 15 years and above. The next reason is to establish if you are foreign resident or none resident or even East African since this will affect the price of a gorilla permit. Please note that foreign none residents pay $600.00 per permit, Foreign residents with a valid working permit pay $500.00 and East African citizens of Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania pay Uganda Shillings 250,000 only (which is about $100). Once this is established, details will be entered into their system and a gorilla permit card issued out.
Due to the fact that we book gorilla permits in the absence of our clients who mostly book in advance, we have to scan and send them a copy but the originals have to be picked and sent to Bwindi Impenetrable national park since they will be required on the very trekking day. We do not charge any thing for booking a gorilla permit if client books an all inclusive tour with us. Booking a gorilla permit is as simple as this if you contact us