How to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda? This is one of the commonly asked questions from travelers planning to come on a gorilla trekking safari to Uganda. It is also a very common question on Trip Advisor
How to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda
The best way to book your gorilla trekking permit is to use a registered tour operator in Uganda to secure the gorilla permit on your behalf.
When you book a safari through Gorilla Link Tours, we do book and secure gorilla trekking permits on behalf of our clients. It is all inclusive
However, if a traveler does not want to book a safari through us, we can still help secure the gorilla trekking permits for them. A traveler would only pay a handling fee of 50 USD, per person.
We can also book your gorilla permits to Volcanoes National park in Rwanda, Virunga National park in Congo and in Kahuzi Biega national park for the Lowland gorillas in the Congo.
It is really hard to book a gorilla trekking permit through Uganda Wildlife Authority. Gorilla trekking permits are highly demanded and must be booked way in advance. The recommended time for booking them is 6 months earlier. This is because gorilla trekking is popular, but only 8 travelers can trek a mountain gorilla family, from a conservation point of view.
A gorilla permit in Uganda costs $600 US dollars for foreign non-residents, $500 US for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East Africans.
Gorilla trekking is an experiential activity where tourists, travelers and visitors go on a guided search for wild mountain gorillas which are habituated. Gorilla trekking takes place in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo where mountain gorillas live.
In Uganda, there is also a special gorilla trek experience- Gorilla habituation
Gorilla trekking can be done through out the year. So it is up to when one wants to go on a gorilla trekking safari.
Mid December to February, June to September are the dry seasons and so the treks are more comfortable.
March-May and October-December are the wet months. The advantage of gorilla trekking during this time is that mountain gorillas hang out more in the lower slopes of the mountains. This is because food is in plenty and the time for trekking can be shorter than during the dry seasons
Where to go gorilla trekking in Uganda?
Uganda is home to half of the remaining mountain gorillas. There are two national parks in Uganda where to go gorilla trekking. The most popular one is Bwindi Impenetrable national park, and the less visited gorilla park is Mgahinga Gorilla National park.
The parks are easily accessible from Entebbe and or Kampala, by road and or by air. They can also be accessed via Kigali
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