Gorilla Permit Booking Information
You need gorilla permit handled by each of the national parks(Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Mgahinga NP or Volcanoes NP) 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. You dont have to hassle booking your gorilla permit if you choose from our Uganda gorilla tours starting and ending in Entebbe or Bwindi gorilla treks starting and ending in Kigali. We check availability and book all services on your behalf including gorilla permits. contact us for details
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 any traveller is recommended to book their gorilla permits 3-4 month in advance. Kindly follow our gorilla permit booking information for details.
- What is a gorilla permit?
- How much does a gorilla permit cost?
- How are gorilla permits are allocated?
- The gorilla families per region
What is a gorilla permit?
A gorilla permit is a document or card issued by ORTPN, Rwanda Development Board or Uganda Wildlife Authority that allows any traveller above 15 years of age to trek mountain gorillas in any of the three habitats – Bwindi Impenetrable national Park, Mgahinga National Park (Uganda) and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. A permit allows you to view gorillas for only one hour but the gorilla trekking itself can take a minimum of 30 minutes or up to nine hours while looking for gorillas in the forest. For discounted gorilla tracking safaris, Encounter Africa is your reliable partner.
Our Gorilla Permit Booking Information is aimed at providing you details to prepare well for your gorilla safari.
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How much does a gorilla permit cost?
A gorilla permit in Uganda costs USD $600 per person (US$700 starting July 1, 2020) and USD1,500 for gorilla habituation experience permits. A single gorilla permit can only be used once (single day), by a single person and to trek Uganda gorillas in only two destinations, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National.
Buy your gorilla permits or secure your gorilla permit in Kampala (the capital of Uganda) at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters by paying USD $600.00 per person for foreign non residents, USD500.00 for foreign residents with working permits and sh250,000 for East African Citizens. Please note that effective 1st July 2020, Uganda gorilla permits will be selling at $700 for non residents and $600 for foreign residents with working permits in any of the East African community countries. Book Your gorilla tour before 1st July 2020 to benefit from the current price of $600. Encounter Africa Safaris organizes all inclusive safaris to see gorillas including our popular 3 day budget gorilla safari to Bwindi.
In Rwanda you can get permits through the Rwanda Development Board offices (ORTPN) in Kigali or Ruhengeri (near the PNV) after paying $1500.00.
Allocation of Gorilla Permits
We are glad to provide information on how gorilla permits are allocated in Uganda and Rwanda. You need a valid gorilla permit to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. Initially, Uganda Wildlife Authority used to allocate gorilla permits on a first come first serve and one had a choice to buy permit belonging to a gorilla family of his/her preference. In other words, one if one wanted to trek Rushegura Family located in Buhoma Region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, he would go to Uganda Wildlife Authority and purchase a gorilla permit for that particular gorilla family
How gorilla permits are allocated
From January 2014, Uganda Wildlife Authority started issuing out gorilla permits not on a basis of gorilla families but regions. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has four regions and each region has different gorilla families. These regions include, Buhoma in the North of Bwindi, Ruhija in the East of Bwindi, Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. To buy a permit now, you have to choose a region and then they will give you a permit for that region.
What happens then?
When you arrive at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on the day of gorilla trekking, you will then be allocated to a gorilla family depending on your physical fitness and interest. Interests may include, trekking a given gorilla family of you choice and if there is space, they will have you in that group. You may wish to trek with your friends or families whom you came with, this is as well possible if there is space. You may wish to have a simple, medium or hard trek and depending on availability they will allocate you accordingly.
The gorilla families per region
Buhoma Region in the North of Bwindi NP the most preferred region has three gorilla families which include, Mubare Gorilla group which was the first gorilla family to be habituated, Rushegura Family and Habinyanja. Ruhija Region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has three families which include Bitukura, Oruzongo and Kyaguriro. Rushaga region in the south of Bwindi has Kahungye gorilla family, Nshongi gorilla group, Mishaya gorilla familiy, Busingye gorilla group and Bweza gorilla family. Nkuringo Region in the south still has one gorilla family called Nkuringo
At Encounter Africa Safaris, we book gorilla permits for our clients, advise on availability of permits and which region you should choose depending on your interests and physical fitness.