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Gorilla permit top up is one subject that has been neglected by tour and travel bloggers ever since literature about gorilla trekking started to be expounded online. Before thinking about where in Africa you are going to trek mountain gorillas, you need to first know how to book your gorilla permits and all nit grits involved in the business of gorilla permits most especially in Uganda and Rwanda. When looking for where to see gorillas in Africa and the entire world, there are no better options than Uganda and Rwanda. Each of the two African countries of Uganda and Rwanda have different but related policies.. Our interest will be looking at all details involved to help you make proper decisions in advance.

About Gorilla permit top up in Uganda.

The first thing to be considered when planning to arrange a gorilla trekking safari to any African countries of Uganda and Rwanda is a gorilla permit. This is a document or card that give you full permission to go visit and view mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park. It is this gorilla permit that gives one hour of photography as well as observing mountain gorillas as they feed, play and behave in their natural habitat. This same gorilla permit includes park entry fees for Bwindi impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park. It also includes an armed and trained ranger guide who will be with you in the forest as you search for these rare mountain gorillas only found in three African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic republic of congo.

In this article, we will bring you all information that you need to know about permit top up in Uganda most especially for Bwindi and Mgahinga gorilla permits. While booking or paying for your gorilla permit as an individual by directly contacting Uganda Wildlife Authority or by contacting Encounter Africa Safaris/any registered tour operator in Uganda, you have an option of paying your gorilla permit in full or making partial payment and then top up or clear the remaining balance at a later stage.

We will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of paying your gorilla permit in full but if you intend to make partial payment for your gorilla permit in Uganda, the accepted percentage by Uganda Wildlife Authority is 30% of the total cost or price of Bwindi or Mgahinga gorilla permit. You are allowed to pay 30% in order to be assured of trekking mountain gorillas. When you pay 30% of the total price of your gorilla permits, you will be given a receipt indicating that you have partially paid some money in order to reserve your space or gorilla permit for Bwindi impenetrable national Park or Mgahinga National Park.

When is the best time to top up my gorilla permit?

Uganda Wildlife Authority is the body in charge of issuing out gorilla permits in Uganda. It does this for the two popular gorilla national parks of Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. UWA is the one that determines the 30% and when the 70% remaining balance is to be paid. It is normally better to pay your gorilla permit in full but if not pay 30% to secure it. Once partial payment is made, then when should the next final deposit be made? The question is simple just like its answer. The best time to top up your gorilla permit is now. Make sure your permit is paid in full and in time to avoid any issues related to late gorilla permit top up.

What is the actual deadline for clearing the remaining 70% balance?

Of recent, Uganda Wildlife Authority had relaxed her policy of gorilla permit top up in Uganda for permits of Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. As long as you could pay your 30%, you could then top up anytime even at the eve of your gorilla trekking day. Initially, it was required and mandatory for you to top up your gorilla permit three months before trekking date and following a stakeholders meeting organized to discuss the issue to do with gorilla permit booking, it has been decided that one has to fully top up his or gorilla permits 90 days before the actual trekking date.</p.

The reason for bringing back the 90 days ultimatum for gorilla permits to be topped up in Uganda has been as a result of some companies holding these permit only to release them at last minute when other companies who would have loved to buy them having lost business. This therefore calls for you to make sure that you top up your Uganda gorilla permits before 90 days in order to be on a safer side.

What happens when I don’t top up gorilla permits in time.

As earlier discussed, there is a deadline that one is supposed not to miss when it comes to clearing amount due for your gorilla permit. You are given up to three months to top up your Uganda gorilla permit and in an event that you fail to do so, your gorilla permits will be automatically released and brought back to be booked by other people looking for the exact dates which you would have reserved these permits.

There several reasons why gorilla permits are not topped up in time and these include forgetting or failing to get people to buy them from you or to book tours with your company. Sometimes, companies or individuals fail to get the required 70% for top up in time hence the delay. However all is not yet done or lost. If you fall into such a category, you may write a letter to UWA requesting for an extension of date of top up and it’s up to the executive director to decide whether to give you a grace period or not. Alternatively and in order to not to lose out, you may put them on resale such that those interested can pay you in full to enable you top up and recover your 30% initial deposit made when reserving these permits.

In an event that you fail to top up your gorilla permit, rest assured that your gorilla permits will be released from the system and you will as well lose the 30% deposit paid. For more information about when, how and all questions related to Mgahinga or Bwindi gorilla permit top up, please send us an email or call us at Encounter Africa safaris and we will be glad and ready to give you advice that you can rely on.

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