Gorilla permits

About Gorilla permits in Uganda and Rwanda

You need a gorilla permit issued by each of the national parks to trek mountain gorillas. 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. They are very competitive and scarce most especially during peak seasons. Sometimes gorilla tracking permits get sold out four months in advance.

Gorilla permits are issued by ORTPN in Rwanda or Uganda Wildlife Authority in Uganda to enable you trek mountain gorillas. A permit allows you to view gorillas for only one hour but the trekking itself can take a minimum of 30 minutes or up to nine hours looking for gorillas in the forest.

In Uganda a gorilla permit costs USD 600 per day per person for a gorilla permit. You can get the permits in Kampala (the capital of Uganda) at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters. We do organize and book gorilla permits for our clients at no extra costs provided you book a full safari with us.

In Rwanda you can get permits through the Rwanda Tourism Board offices (ORTPN) in Kigali or Ruhengeri (near the PNV) after paying $750.

You need to mind about the gorilla permit you will be holding as it will determine the gorilla family you will trek and the lodge/accommodation. Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park has several sections and thus each section/region has its own gorilla families and accommodation properties.

Please contact us with date/month and year when you want to trek gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, we ill then check availability of gorilla permits and inform you. Once you have transfered you funds on to our account, we will pre purchase your permits and send you scanned copies. To help us do this, you need to send us your passport details which are needed by Uganda Wildlife Authority in order to print and issue your gorilla permits.

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