Bwindi Impenetrable National Park alone boosts of 11 habituated gorilla families for gorilla trekking holidays in Uganda and one habituated gorilla family lives in Mgahinga National Park. These habituated gorilla families are located in three regions that make up Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Three gorilla families are resident in Buhoma region located in the north of Bwindi and include Rushegura, Mubare and Habinyanja. In the Eastern part of Bwindi National Park, Uganda has three gorilla families of Bitukura, Kyaguriro and Oruzongo. In the South of Bwindi, two regions of Rushaga and Nkuringo do exist. Rushaga has five gorilla families of Mishaya, Kahungye, Busingye, Nshongi and Bweza while Nkuringo gorilla family is in Nkuringo Region.v
About 96 gorilla permits are available at Uganda Wildlife Authority everyday for gorilla trekking holidays. 88 Gorilla permits are for trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park while 8 are for trekking gorillas in Mgahinga National Park. We check availability of gorilla permits and book then on behalf of our clients and Tour Agents. Provide us with the exact trekking date and we will give you availability and then book accordingly. Uganda Wildlife Authority is in charge of selling gorilla permits and they will require your passport details before your gorilla permit is issued out. Contact us for details.
Uganda Wildlife Authority offers discounted gorilla permits in low seasons of April, May and November each year so contact us for more details. Since 2013 to 2015, price for low season gorilla permits has been at $350.00 for foreign non residents and $300 for foreign residents. These gorilla permits are booked with full payment and are non refundable. Please contact us for availability of low season gorilla permits if you want to save up to $250.00 per gorilla permit.
Gorilla permit allocation takes place on the actual day of gorilla trekking. When booking gorilla permits, you book according to regions and then on the day of trekking, each client is allocated a gorilla family depending on interest, level of fitness so that each gets what they are looking for in a gorilla trek. Therefore, you should request for a gorilla family that fits your interests. If you want a gorilla family that is closer, has babies, is hard to trek, then feel free to ask for it. Initially, one would book a gorilla permit for a specific gorilla family and it could not be changed if it did not have or meet the interests of the client. Kindly lets us know of your interests and we will keep that in mind while booking your gorilla tour.
Gorilla trekking holidays has an age limit and who ever is interested in booking a gorilla trekking holiday should at least be 15 years and above. Uganda Wildlife Authority is very strict on this and should they discover that you are below the age of 15, you will lose the money you bought the permit and should they feel like proving this, they may ask for your birth certificate.
It is for the fact that many tourists prefer Bwindi Impenetrable National Park compared to Bwindi simply because Mgahinga gorillas used to move from Uganda to Rwanda so were not guaranteed as compared to Bwindi Gorilla families. The experience remains the same and these days, Mgahinga gorilla family is permanently in the Park. Bwindi National Park has several gorilla family options in each region and should you for example fail to find a given gorilla family, UWA may choose to take you to another gorilla family which is not the case with Mgainga National Park. These are some of the factors that you may have to consider while booking your gorilla permit and trying to establish which is the best place to see gorillas in Uganda