Booking your gorilla permit in advance has several advantages and at Encounter Africa safaris, we do emphasize this. One requires a gorilla permit to be guaranteed space to see Uganda gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. The same applies to Rwanda gorillas where a gorilla permit is also required to trek gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable alone has over 13 habituated mountain gorilla families and each family is visited by a maximum 8 people. On average therefore about 104 people are allowed to trek mountain gorillas per day for one hour.
Why book your gorilla permit in advance
Gorilla permits for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park tend to sell out quickly giving you a reason to plan and book your gorilla permit in advance. There several reasons why gorilla permits sell out and why you should avoid last minute bookings when it comes to securing your gorilla permit. One of the reasons why you should book your gorilla permit in advance is that there is competition for Uganda permit due to their affordability. Uganda gorilla permits are slightly cheaper than those for Rwanda and as such many people are now rushing for Uganda gorilla permits instead of Rwanda. Rwanda gorilla permits cost USD1500 while those in Uganda cost USD600. The high price of gorilla permits in Rwanda has caused a lot of pressure on Uganda leading to shortage.