How to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda

How to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda; Gorilla trekking permits are legal documents that are issued to visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them to spend one hour with the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural environment. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is carried out in Volcanoes national park while in Uganda gorilla trekking is carried out in two destinations that is Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Bwindi impenetrable national park is famously known for harboring half of the world’s mountain gorilla population which are found in four sectors namely Rushaga sector in the south, Ruhija sector in the east, Buhoma sector in the north and Nkuringo sector in the south.

How to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda

There are two ways of booking gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda for example booking gorilla trekking permits directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) a government body in charge of tourism in Uganda or Rwanda Development Board (RDB) a government body in charge of tourism in Rwanda by contacting the head offices via email or telephone calls inquiring about availability of the gorilla trekking permits on your desired dates and destination you wish to visit. If there is no availability on your dates, you will be advised on the possible dates with availability.

How to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda
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Once you decide on the dates with availability, you will be asked to make payments for the permits on UWA or RDB accounts. When they receive the money, your gorilla trekking permit will be processed and a scanned copy of the permit will be sent to you as confirmation.

Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda can also be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where by you will contact us with the dates, months, year and gorilla destination that you wish to visit. After contacting us we will check for permit availability and once there are permits available on your preferred dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once we receive the money, we will purchase the permit on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.  Booking gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda through Achieve Global Safaris is the best option to use in that we will not only book your gorilla trekking permits but also plan for your entire safari which involves accommodation where you will be staying, transportation to the gorilla destination, services of an English speaking driver guide, other activities to engage in after gorilla trekking and other destinations to visit during the safari.

Best time to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda

Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date because they are competitive and usually get sold out quickly especially during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February therefore in order to avoid last minute disappointments, you are advised to book in advance.

Cost of gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda

Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda that is Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park cost 700 USD per person for foreign non, 600 USD per person for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.

Gorilla trekking permits in Volcanoes national park Rwanda costs 1,500 USD per person for all nationalities.

Gorilla trekking experience in Uganda and Rwanda

Gorilla trekking is an adventurous activity that involves visitors moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park and Volcanoes national park starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations at the park headquarters.

How to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda
How to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda

After the briefing, you will be subdivided into groups of 8 people, allocated a gorilla family to visit and a park guide who is well conversant with different trekking trails. Trekking of mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view other primate species, different bird species, plant and tree species among others and once the mountain gorillas are located, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn more about their behaviors, habits, watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, grooming young ones, take photos and record the incredible moments to show people back home after the safari.

Booking gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda is easy when you follow the right procedure and gorilla trekking adventure can be combined with wildlife viewing in Kidepo Valley national park.  For more information about gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for several gorilla trekking and wildlife safari packages.