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How to Book Gorilla Permits (Step by Step Guide)

How to Book Gorilla Permits (Step by Step Guide)


Gorilla Permit Booking Information

You need a gorilla permit handled by each of the national parks to track the mountain gorillas. Here we provide a step by step guide with all the relevant gorilla permit booking information for Rwanda and Uganda to enable you plan your tour in advance.

Usually you have to obtain a Gorilla permit a few months in advance. We always advise at least 5 months in advance or prior to your travel dates. While booking a gorilla safari, always pay your Gorilla permit fee in advance to enable us pre book and acquire it for you.

Gorilla trekking is guaranteed when you acquire a Gorilla permit. Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla permits are very competitive and scarce most especially during peak/high season months 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 months in advance. Kindly follow our Gorilla permit booking information for details.

What is a Gorilla permit?

A Gorilla permit is a 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 Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks (Uganda) and Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda). A Gorilla permit allows you to view Gorillas for only one hour but the Gorilla tracking 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.

How much does a Gorilla permit cost?

A Gorilla permit in Uganda costs USD $600 per person per trek and USD1500.00 for Gorilla habituation experience permits per person per trek. 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 and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks.

Buy your Gorilla permits or secure your Gorilla permit in Kampala (the capital of Uganda) at the Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters by paying USD $600.00 per person for foreign nonresidents, USD500.00 for foreign residents with working permits and sh250,000 for East African Citizens. Great Adventures Uganda organizes all-inclusive safaris to see Gorillas including our popular 3 Days budget Gorilla Tour.

In Rwanda you can buy your Gorilla permits through the Rwanda Development Board offices (ORTPN) in Kigali or Ruhengeri (near the PNV) at a cost of $1500.00. per person.

Is a Gorilla permit reusable?

Trekking Gorillas in Uganda, one needs to mind about the Gorilla permit you will be holding as it will determine the Region in which you will trek Gorillas and the accommodation lodge. Unlike other Mountain Gorilla National Parks, Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park has several sections and thus each section/region has its own Gorilla families and accommodation properties.

Bwindi Gorilla trekking regions include:

Buhoma in the North,

Ruhija in the East,

Rushaga and Nkuringo in the South.

Please follow our Gorilla Permit Booking Information before confirming any accommodation property as this should be determined by the Gorilla permit you will be holding.

Note that Gorilla family allocation happens on the day of trekking where tourists are grouped depending on their physical abilities and interest. You will need to express your interest so that they allocate you a Gorilla group that will help you achieve it. For more information and Gorilla permit booking and allocation, do contact us at Great Adventures Uganda Limited.

How to acquire a Gorilla permit

Please contact us with date/month and year when you want to trek Mountain Gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, we will check availability of Gorilla permits and inform you. We will send you an invoice and once you have transferred your funds on to our account, we will pre purchase your permits and send you scanned copies for your records and perusal.

To help us do this, you need to send us your passport details which are required by Uganda Wildlife Authority in order to print out and issue your Gorilla permits.

Now that you have all the Gorilla Permit Booking Information at your fingertips, we would like to interest you in some of our tailor-made gorilla tour packages that many of our travelers have rated highly. Because hundreds of our travelers have rated our tours highly, we’re able to get you low rates on many high end to budget Lodges, transportation and getting a Gorilla permit is so easy for our team. A great reason for you to check out our Gorilla safari packages.

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