Gorilla Permit booking Information
Gorilla trekking is guaranteed when you acquire a permit, Every traveler intending to trek the gorillas is required to have a valid gorilla trekking permit which guarantees him/her an opportunity to see and encounter these gentle giants in their natural habitat and Active African Vacations provides relevant gorilla permit booking information for Rwanda and Uganda to enable you plan your gorilla safari well.
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 traveler needs to book a gorilla permits 3-4 month in advance.
What is a gorilla permit?
A gorilla permit is a legal document or card issued by ORTPN, Rwanda Development Board or Uganda Wildlife Authority that allows any traveler above 15 years of age to trek mountain gorillas in any of the three habitats – Bwindi Impenetrable national Park, Mgahinga National Park in 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. Our Gorilla Permit Booking Information is aimed at providing you details to prepare well for your gorilla safari.
Where to get gorilla permits
Gorilla permits are issued out by the Uganda wildlife authority (UWA) a government body responsible for tourism and wildlife conservation in Uganda and in Rwanda, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is in charge of issuing those permits. In Congo, gorilla permits are issued by the authorities of the Virunga National Park. Gorilla permits can be accessed through trusted tour operators such as Active African Vacations who buy and deliver gorilla permits on behalf of the clients. Purchasing a permit can be done either on ground or online depending on which way is reliable for the buyer
How much does a gorilla permit cost?
A gorilla permit in Uganda costs USD $600 per person and USD1500.00 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. Encounter Africa Safaris organizes all inclusive safaris to see gorillas including our popular 3 day budget gorilla safari to Bwindi impenetrable national forest.
How to acquire a gorilla permit
To acquire a gorilla permit, you need to send us your passport details which are needed by Uganda Wildlife Authority in order to print and issue your gorilla permits. Contact us with date/month and year when you want to trek gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, we will check availability of gorilla permits and inform you. We will send you and invoice and once you have transferred you funds on to our account, we will purchase your permits and send you scanned copies.