Gorilla Permit Booking Information

Gorilla Permit booking Information

You need gorilla permit handled by each of the national parks to trek mountain gorillas. Encounter Africa Safaris provides relevant gorilla permit booking information for Rwanda and Uganda to enable you plan your gorilla safari well. Usually you have to obtain a gorilla permit several months in advance. We always advise at least 5 months in advance or prior to your visit. While booking a gorilla tour, always pay your gorilla permit fee in advance to enable us acquire it for you. Gorilla trekking is guaranteed when you acquire a permit. Uganda and Rwanda gorilla permits are very competitive and scarce most especially during peak seasons of June, July, August, September, December and February. Sometimes gorilla tracking permits get sold out four months in advance so need to book your gorilla permits 3-4 month in advance. Kindly follow our gorilla permit booking information for details


A gorilla permit is a document/card issued by ORTPN and or Rwanda Development Board in Rwanda or Uganda Wildlife Authority in Uganda to enable you trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national Park, Mgahinga National Park (Uganda) or Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. A permit allows you to view gorillas for only one hour but the trekking itself can take a minimum of 30 minutes or up to nine hours while looking for gorillas in the forest. Our Gorilla Permit Booking Information is aimed at providing you details to prepare well for your gorilla safari


In Uganda,  a gorilla permit to trek gorillas in Bwindi National Park or Mgahinga National Park costs USD 600 per day per person for a gorilla permit. You can book your gorilla permits in Kampala (the capital of Uganda) at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters by paying USD600.00 for high season and or USD450.00 per permit in Low season months of April, May and November. Encounter Africa Safaris do organize and book gorilla permits for our clients at no extra costs provided you book a full safari with us.

In Rwanda you can get permits through the Rwanda Development Board offices (ORTPN) in Kigali or Ruhengeri (near the PNV) after paying $1500.00.

If trekking gorilla in Uganda, one needs to mind about the gorilla permit you will be holding as it will determine the Region in which you will trek gorillas and the lodge/accommodation. Unlike other mountain gorilla National Parks, Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park has several sections and thus each section/region has its own gorilla families and accommodation properties. These regions include Buhoma in the North, Ruhija in the East, Rushaga and Nkuring in the South. Please follow our Gorilla Permit Booking Information before confirming any accommodation property as this should be determined by the gorilla permit you will be holding. Each region has its own gorilla groups or families and for those interested in trekking given region should let Encounter Africa Safaris know so that we act accordingly while booking your gorilla permit. Please note that gorilla family allocation happens on the day of trekking where tourists are grouped depending on their physical abilities and interest. You will need to express your interest so that they allocate you a gorilla group that will help you achieve it. For more information and gorilla permit booking and allocation, do contact us at Encounter Africa safaris.

Please contact us with date/month and year when you want to trek gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, we will check availability of gorilla permits and inform you. We will send you and invoice and once you have transferred you funds on to our account, we will pre purchase your permits and send you scanned copies. To help us do this, you need to send us your passport details which are needed by Uganda Wildlife Authority in order to print and issue your gorilla permits.

For details about Gorilla Permit Booking Information, do not hesitate to contact one of our Dedicated safari consultants

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