How much is a gorilla permit for East African residents in Uganda and Rwanda
The cost of the gorilla, trekking permit for East African residents in Uganda is currently 250,000 shs per person per trek. The cost of Rwanda gorilla permits for East African citizens in Rwanda is $200 per person per trek
In order to support the gorilla conservation fund, the sale of gorilla permits is one of the ways to collect funds for this project. In the past, the local people never attended gorilla trekking because they never understood the relevance of visiting mountain gorillas.
The locals had stories and myths about the mountain gorillas so they used not to want anything to do with them. They used to associate meeting the mountain gorillas with a bad omen. A number of mountain gorillas in the past suffered at the hands of people in the community because they did not know their relevance to there lives.
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In order to promote the sustainable existence of the mountain gorillas, the indigenous people have to be brought on board. This has been done by employing them as rangers, and porters, allowing community bases projects like the Buhoma community walk, Nkuringo community walk, Batwa cultural and Garama cave walk, and others. Those that have gained from the presence of the mountain gorillas have become the ambassadors of mountain gorilla conservation in the community.
Through these ventures, the local people slowly adapt and love the campaign to promote mountain gorilla conservation. Even other people elsewhere in Uganda and Rwanda are slowly appreciating the reason why the mountain gorillas deserve to be visited.
To encourage domestic tourism, the gorilla permit price for East African residents was set by Uganda wildlife Authority and Rwanda Development Board. This was done to encourage locals to visit, learn more about the mountain gorillas, and also understand the reason why their habitats have to be protected.
How To Book East African Gorilla Permits In Uganda And Rwanda
You must know the date when you hope to do gorilla trekking and the number of people you hope to travel with to do this safari.
When you enquire from us, our safari consultant checks for availability from the Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permit list or the Rwanda gorilla permit website.
If there is availability, we advise our clients to purchase their permits as soon as possible.
We request some of your personal details like the full name on the passport, nationality, date of bath, and so much more.
We fill these details on your gorilla permit card for record purposes.
How Much Is The Cost Of Gorilla Trekking Safari For East African Residents
The cost of gorilla trekking permits is universal, which is currently 250000shs in Uganda and in Rwanda
Other factors that make up the gorilla trekking safari quotation include
The number of days on safari, whereby the more days you take on safari, the higher the safari cost because most service providers charge per day costs. The more days, the safari cost increases.
The safari booking time, whereby peak season, normally attracts high demand for services, while the low season usually comes with discounts from some service providers. You may get the opportunity to use services of high-end yet you have a limited budget.
The cost also increases if you have a combo of gorilla trekking packages with other activities like chimpanzee trekking, game drives, nature walks, and others.
The more people ready to pay for their gorilla safari, the less the per-person cost. This is because you share some services like gas, vehicle hire, driver guide fees, etc.
The type of safari package you choose for your gorilla trekking safari matters whereby the inclusive of a luxury gorilla package is different from the inclusive of Mid-range packages and Budget packages.
How Tough Is Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda or Uganda
The trek to see the mountain gorillas is challenging because of the ranged nature of the Virunga area. It is Volcanic and filled with several highlands and deep valleys.
The mountain gorillas are free to move in the forest and occupy any area of their choice. During the severe rainy seasons, mountain gorillas love feeding from the slopes, so you must hike to locate their way about.
To get through the entire experience with less disturbance, you need to do exercises that can stretch your muscles the more. You can start with simple walks beyond your normal walking space.
Ranger guides normally move with machetes to cut through the tangled vegetation for you to find where the mountain gorillas may be lounging or feeding from.
When Is the Best Time To Do Gorilla Trekking in Uganda And Rwanda
To do a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and Rwanda, you need to book your gorilla permits in time at least 6 months in advance. This is because they get sold out fast, and yet a first-come, first-served basis is used when reserving gorilla permits in Uganda and Rwanda. They are limited to maximum 8 permits per gorilla family per trek.
The peak seasons, which are June to September and December to January, are most preferred because the mountain gorillas are more active in this season. Even other forest dwellers, like birds, monkeys, and butterflies, are most active in the dry season.
Even the low seasons are great for gorilla trekking because you are sure of finding the mountain gorillas. They are not probability primates, so you are 99% sure of locating them in the wilderness. There is less competition for gorilla trekking permits in the low season. Even when you locate the mountain gorillas, fewer people obstruct you from capturing the best pauses for the mountain gorillas.
Things To Combine With Gorilla Trekking In Uganda And Rwanda
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda And Rwanda
In Uganda, chimpanzee trekking is done in destinations like Kibale National Park, Kyambura Gorge, Kaniyo Pabidi in Murchison Falls National Park, Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary, and others. in most of these locations, you need to book a chimpanzee trekking permits to be allowed access to the chimpanzees. In
Rwanda chimpanzee trekking is done in Nyugwe National Park. This park hosts other primates like blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, and others.
Game drives in Rwanda and Uganda
Uganda is endowed with a number of locations where you can do game drives, like Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and others. In these parks, you may see lions, giraffes, cape buffaloes, herds of elephants, waterbucks, bushbucks, and others.
Rwanda’s main game park is called Akagera National Park, where you may have the chance to see animals like giraffes, buffaloes, waterbucks, bushbucks, Uganda kobs, Impalas, and others.
Launch trips and Boat Trips
Within Uganda, National Parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Park are great chances of enjoying the launch trips. At the banks of the River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park, you may see numerous animals like giraffes, cape buffaloes, elephants, oribi, sitatungas, and others. Watch out for Riverine birds that love gracing the shores of the River Nile. Even schools of hippos and crocodiles are very many.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Kazinga channel launch trip that gives you a beautiful view of the rift valley and most of its occupants. The incredible wet and dry craters make the best experience while in the wilderness. An array of birds graces the shores of the Kazinga channel ad is also a magnet for foreign birds that love enjoying its freebies.
Birding in Uganda and Rwanda
The birding experience in Uganda and Rwanda is unmatched, especially in the Virunga area. These countries are exceptional for hosting the Albertine Rift endemics and several birds that are rare in the world.
You need a professional birding guide from either country to locate the best birding destinations and the number of days to get the best collection of birds.
Some of the Uganda birding destinations include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale National Park, Mabamba swamp, Mpanga forest, Mabira forest, Lutembe beach, Botanical gardens and others.
Rwanda’s birding destinations incluce Volcanoes National Park, Nyugwe National Park, Akagera National Park and Others.
Canopy Walk in Rwanda
Rwanda has one of the most thrilling viewpoints of Nature, which is the suspension bridge. This bridge is above the Nyungwe National Park canopy. You enjoy the flying birds, the undulating forest tops, butterflies, monkeys, and so much more. This 90-meter-long bridge is the only one of its kind in East Africa. You can commemorate a number of personal celebrations on this bridge to make memories.
Mountaineering in Uganda And Rwanda
Mountain climbing in Uganda and Rwanda is exceptional, whereby you may have the opportunity of viewing three countries’ bridges from the top and one point. When you hike the Virungas, you can do a day’s hike on any of these mountains.
Uganda is endowed with Mountain Rwenzori, named the mountain of the moon by explorer Henry Marton Stanley. Its top is iced all year round, and getting to its peak may take about 7 days of a return trip.
In Rwanda, you can hike Mountain Muvabura, Mountain Gahinga, Mountain Sabyinyo, Mountain Bisoke and Mountain Karisimbi.
Visit the Source Of the River Nile in Uganda
River Nile, the longest River In The world, has its source on Lake Victoria in Jinja. You can hire a boat to where River Nile vigorously separates from calm Lake Victoria water. The drama at this point is unbelievable and leaves you wondering what could be happening beneath.
White Water Rafting in Uganda
The tides on Itanda Falls in Uganda on River Nile are exceptional points for white water rafting. You do not have to have any experience to be allowed to do white water rafting. This is because there are instructors in place to take you through all the necessary procedures. You can peddle with the people you travel with. In case you are not interested in white water rafting, you can do tubing or kayaking on River Nile and feel its power.
Kigali City Tour In Rwanda.
Rwanda is endowed with one of the best sceneries of a country. It has one of the cleanest cities too in Africa. When you go for a city tour in Kigali, you may see the genocide memorial, museums, markets, shopping malls, and so much more, as arranged in the itinerary.
Cultural Tours In Uganda And Rwanda
Rwanda has some of the best cultural experiences while on an African holiday. You may watch the Intore dancers display their incredible moves, like the nuptial dances of the crested cranes. Visit the former cultural centers of Rwanda, like the King’s palace, crafts-making centers, and others.
Uganda is a culturally rich country, so you need some time to immerse into the rich culture of Ugandans. It is easy to learn more about the lives of the people of Uganda when you visit their cultural leaders. In central Uganda, the Baganda tribe’s cultural leader is the Kabaka, the Banyoro Cultural leader is Omukama, Basoga cultural Leader is Omugabe, and Tooro cultural leader is Omukama.
With arrangements done, you may have the opportunity of witnessing some of their cultural performances and dances.
What To Carry For Gorilla Trekking In Uganda And Rwanda As East African Residents
- Safari boots to wear when searching for mountain gorillas in the jungle
- Warm sweaters to protect you from the cold weather.
- Safari hat to wear over your head and protect your hair from water dripping off the trees
- Garden gloves protect your palms from touching stinging nettles.
- Insect repellant to keep away stinging insects in the wilderness.
- A pair of stockings to tack to your clothes
- Long-sleeved shirt and trousers
- A torch to light when lights run low
- Energy bites to munch on when hungry.
- A camera to keep memories of your gorilla safari experience.
Contact us for more information about getting your gorilla trekking permits.