Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda 2023/2024

Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda 2023/2024; Gorilla trekking permits are legal cards or documents that are issued to any visitor above the age of 15 years allowing him or her to visit a habituated gorilla family in either Uganda or Rwanda and spend one hour with the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. In Uganda gorilla trekking is done in two national parks namely Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in south western region while in Rwanda, gorilla trekking is done in Volcanoes national park located in north western region in Musanze village. Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) a government body in charge of tourism in Uganda and in Rwanda gorilla trekking permits are issued by Rwanda Development Board (RDB) a government body in charge of tourism in Rwanda.

Cost of gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda 2023/2024

Gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park cost 700 USD per person for foreign non residents, 600 USD per person for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX per person for East Africa citizens while in Volcanoes national park, gorilla trekking permits cost 1,500 USD per person for all nationalities.

Uganda also offers gorilla habituation experience where you will be able to spend four hours with the mountain gorillas and a habituation permit costs 1,500 USD per person for foreign non residents, 1,000 USD per person for foreign residents and 750,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.

How to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda?

Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority or Rwanda Development Board where you will contact the park headquarters on email or telephone calls.

Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda can also be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact our tour consultants via email or telephone with the date, month, year and gorilla destination that you wish to visit. After contacting us we will check for permit availability from UWA or RDB and if there are permits available on your preferred dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once the payment has been made, we will purchase the permits on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.

When to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda

Gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park and volcanoes national park should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date especially during the peak 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.

What is included in the gorilla trekking permits

Gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park and Volcanoes national park include one hour with the mountain gorillas, services of an experienced park guide, security from armed ranger guides and park entrance fee for Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park and Volcanoes national park.

Gorilla trekking experience in Uganda and Rwanda

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park and volcanoes national park starts early in the morning at around 8:00am with a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations at the park headquarters. After the briefing, you will be sub-divided into groups of 8 people where each group will be allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek and an experienced park guide. Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda takes about 2 hours to 7 hours or even more 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 primates, different bird species among others and once the gorillas are located, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their habitat which gives you a chance to learn more about their behaviours, habits, watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, grooming young ones, take photos and record the beautiful moments to show people back home after the Gorilla safari.

Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda 2023/2024
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What to pack for gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and Rwanda

When planning your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and Rwanda, there are a number of essential items that you should pack including insect repellent, hiking shoes, garden gloves, waterproof rain jacket, long sleeved shirt and trouser, face masks, energy snacks and drinking water, camera and extra batteries, a pair of binoculars, walking stick, warm sweater, a hat and sunglasses, long cotton socks, back pack among others.

For more information about gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda 2023/2024, you can reach out to us at Achieve Global Safaris.