The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) a public body responsible for managing the protected areas and ensuring their sustainable use has announced the amazing discounted gorilla permits for the month of November for the Uganda safari undertakers that could be interested in gorilla trekking safaris.
Gorilla trekking permits are a requirement for all gorilla safari undertakers who wish to visit the mountain gorilla havens of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park all in south western Uganda. It is a card issued at the Uganda Wildlife Authority Headquarters on Kira Road, Kampala or at the Park Headquarters for the case of Mgahinga which allows you to participate in the gorilla tracking activities.
For all along, the permits for gorilla trekking in Uganda stand at a cost of 600USD each for Foreign Non Resident, 500USD for foreign residents and 250,000 Uganda shillings for East Africans. Therefore it is quite interesting to hear that the gorilla safari permits have been reduced for the month of November to 350USD for Foreign Non Residents, 250USD for Foreign Residents and 100,000/= for East Africans. This is a great move as it will enable travellers to keep planning gorilla safaris to Uganda even in the low season and will also enable the low income Uganda safari undertakers to have a chance of undertaking gorilla tracking activity. Rwanda, however has maintained the permit for gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park at 750USD.
Mountain gorillas are great Ape species that only thrive in the Bwindi Impenetrable National park in Uganda and Virunga Mountains which are shared by three protected areas of Mgahinga National park found in Uganda, Parc Nationale des Volcans found in Rwanda plus Virunga National park in Democratic Republic of Congo. Due to this coupled with other factors, Mountain gorillas are considered critically endangered by the world Conservation bodies like IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) thus encountering them on your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda is a memorable encounter to have in a lifetime.
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