Please note that Uganda Used to offer discounted gorilla permits in Low seasons of April, May and November but due to Increase in Rwanda gorilla permits from USD750,00 to USD1500.00, Uganda then scrapped off the offer it used to give during Low season. All permits in Uganda are at USD600.00 per person per trek. (THIS ARTICLE IS THUS DOES NOT APPLY TO 2018 ONWARDS)
Discounted Gorilla permits in Uganda for low season months of April, May and November have been Extended by Uganda Wildlife authority at USD450.00. For those interested in trekking gorilla in 2016 and 2017, you will have to pay $450 per gorilla permit in April, May and November 2016/17. Please note that off season prices for discounted gorilla permits in 2017 will still be at USD450 per person for foreign none residents and USD400.00 for east African residents holding working permits for Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi. For more details please read on
Uganda Wildlife Authority in conjunction with the Association of Uganda Tour Operators continue to offer discounted gorilla permits in Uganda or low season Gorilla permits. Please contact Encounter Africa Safaris for Discounted Gorilla Permits for trekking gorillas in April, May and November 2016 and 2017 and save USD150 per permit as they are sold at USD450 compared to USD600 in other months. East African Residents will save up to USD200.00 since Uganda Wildlife Authority charges them USD400.00 This idea is a welcome one as Uganda Looks to improve her tourist inflows. Official details from Uganda Wildlife here
Uganda was voted the best tourist destination by lonely planet and has recorded the highest tourism growth in the whole of Africa in 2012. Tourism has been sighted by the President of Uganda as a sector that will drive the country out of poverty in the next coming years. With these discount on gorilla permits in Uganda especially in low seasons will not only increase on tourists inflow but will create awareness, tourism earnings for the betterment of the sector.
The above discount should also give Rwanda food for thought as it increased its gorilla permits from USD500.00 to USD750.00 in 2013. With Uganda having a lot of attractions like the beautiful National Parks, Source of the Nile, Rwenzori and Elgon Mountains, Lake Victoria among others coupled with relative stability, infrastructural development, things seem to be going the positive way.
Discounted Gorilla Permits In Uganda
Is it wise to Trek Gorillas in April, May and November?
Discounted gorilla permits in Uganda will always be announced every year for the months of November, April and May to enable tourists travel during low season in Uganda. Tourists are encouraged to take advantage of these months as accommodation rates also tend to go down lowering the general price of a gorilla safari. Some tourists have been influenced to think that this discount is only in months when it is raining highly making gorilla trekking a bit tough. This is not wholly true as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in a high altitude area with tropical rain forests and thus its climate is influenced by a number of factors including even westeries (winds) from the Congo. This therefore means that Bwindi Impenetrable National Park receives rainfall throughout the whole year and it can rain every after 30 minutes irrespective of whether it is a dry or rainy season.
How can I book discounted gorilla permits in Uganda?
Please contact Encounter Africa Safaris for your discounted gorilla permits in Uganda (Once announced) and we will pre purchase them for you and organize a gorilla tour that will fit your budget, interest and time. With more than 10 years experience in organizing gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda, our consultants will be happy to receive your inquiry and advise you on how to organize and book an affordable gorilla safari with discounted gorilla permits in Uganda. All we require from you is the exact date when you intend to trek and we will check availability of gorilla permits at Uganda Wildlife Authority which is a body mandate to sell gorilla permits on behalf of Uganda Government and the ministry of Tourism and Wildlife. Once we find out that UWA has permits, you will need to send us your names as they appear on your passport, your nationality so that we forward them to Uganda Wildlife Authority to issue your gorilla permit.
How do I pay for my Discounted gorilla permit?
Once you have decided on the dates, Encounter Africa Safaris will send you an invoice with our bank account details to enable you effect your payments. We also accept visa and Master Card payments and if this is an option, please contact us for details much as credit card payment will attract a 5% surcharge off the total cost. We usually require full payment of gorilla permits and 20 percent deposit to confirm your safari. You can pay the rest 6 weeks to your safari. This 20% deposit enables us to do the ground work required to make your trip/tour/safari a success. We use it to deposit on accommodation, telephone calls to Uganda wildlife Authority and transport to and from making any bookings.
How do I know that my permit has been pre purchased or booked?
Once your money show on our Bank Account, our office staff will check the status of gorilla permits at UWA for your preferred dates of trekking. Our driver will then go to Uganda Wildlife Authority with all your passport details book your discounted gorilla permit/s. Once issued, Encounter Africa safaris will scan and send you a copy for your records,
For more information about discounted gorilla permits in Uganda, please do contact us