In this article, we want to show you how to book gorilla permits from anywhere in the world. Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda can only be guaranteed if one has booked and secured a gorilla trekking pass or permits for any of the prevailing gorilla national parks in the two countries of Uganda and Rwanda. Mountain gorillas are located in three African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. You may choose to trek mountain gorillas of Rwanda or Uganda if you book any gorilla trekking excursion with Encounter Africa safaris. This is because Encounter Africa safaris only operate in the two popular destinations because of the security and safety of our clients.
How to book gorilla permits from anywhere in the world.
It is possible to book gorilla permits from anywhere in the world if you want to view mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. Mountain gorilla natural habitats in Africa can be found in Uganda, Rwanda and the democratic republic of Congo. Those interested in trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda must secure their gorilla passes in advance, which means that you need to book your permit before coming to Africa (Uganda or Rwanda). Booking your permit from anywhere in the world is very simple if you contact Encounter Africa safaris. We will ensure that you get instant availability, reservation and dates in 15 minutes.
You can contact Encounter Africa safaris using our telephone numbers, WhatsApp or sending us an email informing us when you want to trek gorillas. In your email, you should be able to tell us the exact dates when you want to come to Uganda and or Rwanda to trek gorillas. We will contact RDB or UWA to check availability for Rwanda and Uganda permits respectively. Once we’re able to get the number of available permits, we will reserve them on your behalf as we wait for you to make payment.
Encounter Africa safaris accepts’ both bank transfers as well as Credit card payment and on rare occasions cash. Once we agree on dates of trekking, we will send you an invoice instructing you to make payment for gorilla permits. You may choose to pay to our Bank account or credit card. If you pay with a credit or debit card, you will have to pay a surcharge of 5% of the total, which is not the case with wire transfers. Once payment has been made, we expect you to send us proof of payment so that we go ahead and pay for your permit as we wait for your funds to show on our bank account. Bank transfers and credit card payments usually take 2-3 working days.
After paying for your gorilla permits, we will send you scanned copies of your permit receipts for you to keep. When the time comes, we will collect your permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority or Rwanda Development board on your behalf. These gorilla permit cards will be carried by your guide and will present them to park headquarters on the day of trekking. Note that gorilla permits includes one hour with mountain gorillas, park entry fees for Volcanoes National Park or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as well as services of well-trained ranger guides who will be with you in the forest. Gorilla permit fee excludes transport to and from the park plus accommodation for two nights at the park.
How many gorilla families are in Uganda and Rwanda
Before knowing how to book gorilla permits anywhere in the world, you need to know how many gorilla families are there in Uganda and Rwanda for you to be able to know the permits available daily. Rwanda has 20 mountain gorilla families located in Volcanoes National Park. Out of the 20 gorilla families, 10 are open for gorilla trekking while the rest (10) are for research. Uganda on the other hand, has over 19 habituated mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park combined. Out of the 19 habituated mountain gorilla families, 2 of these are reserved for gorilla habituation experience. Gorilla habituation experience expeditions are currently taking place in the southern part of Bwindi, and Encounter Africa safaris was one of the pioneer companies to offers expeditions to spend four hours with mountain gorillas under habituation in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
How many gorilla permits are available for trekking in Bwindi daily?
Bwindi Impenetrable National park has about 162 gorilla permits available for gorilla trekking daily. This makes Bwindi impenetrable National park to be with the highest number of gorilla permits available for sale every day. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has approximately 18 gorilla families which keep increasing due to new ones being habituated while others separate into different groups. These gorilla permits can be booked per region. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has four regions of Buhoma in the north, Rushija in the east, Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south. When booking gorilla permits, Encounter Africa safaris will advise which region we will book for you as this will determine the lodge or overnight accommodation to book as well as an airstrip for those who prefer flying safaris.
How many gorilla permits are available for gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park daily?
Mgahinga National Park is yet another national park located in southwestern Uganda. Mgahinga has only 8 gorilla permits available to be booked for gorilla trekking. This is because Mgahinga National Park has only one gorilla family which is always available for gorilla trekking. Nyakagezi gorilla family which used to migrate to volcanoes National park finally settled and can be booked at Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in Kampala just like those for Bwindi impenetrable National Park.
How many gorilla permits are available for trekking in Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park?
There 80 gorilla permits available for gorilla trekking daily in volcanoes National park. These gorilla permits are a result of 10 habituated gorilla families in Rwanda. The rest of the other gorilla families have been reserved for research. Contact Encounter Africa safaris for more details about booking Rwanda gorilla permits from anywhere in the world.
How much is a gorilla permit in Uganda, or what is the price of gorilla permits in Uganda?
Uganda gorilla permits costs $600 per permit for the normal one hour trek. This price will be at $700 effective 1st July 2020. For those interested in trekking mountain gorillas at a low price of $600 should book their permits before 31st June 2020. Uganda also offers gorilla habituation experience permits at $1500, and this allows you to spend four hours with mountain gorillas in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
How much is a gorilla permit in Rwanda or what is the price of Rwanda gorilla permits to trek gorillas in Volcanoes National park?
The price or cost of Rwanda gorilla permit is $1500, and this fee includes one hour with a given family of habituated mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, park fees as well as services of a trained ranger guide. Rwanda is the most expensive destination for gorilla trekking, and the reason is that Rwanda, as a tourism destination, is looking at positioning herself as a luxury destination.
Tips on how to book gorilla permits from anywhere in the world with Encounter Africa
Encounter Africa safaris gives you an opportunity to book your gorilla permit from anywhere in the world, and we will ensure that we get your Uganda or Rwanda gorilla permit booked and secured in advance. We will also advise you on the best way to access Bwindi impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park or Volcanoes National Park in Uganda or Rwanda respectively. We have a good working relationship with Lodges in Uganda and Rwanda, and we will get you the best and value for money rates for your overnight stay lodges.