How to get a Gorilla Trekking Permit in Uganda-Uganda Safari News
Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda are taken to the two protected parks of Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and due to the nomadic nature of mountain gorillas in Mgahinga which keep crossing to Rwandan side, most of the Uganda gorilla trekking safari permits which are sold by Uganda Wildlife Authority are for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. In Uganda, each and every gorilla permit is sold at US$600 during high season and during the low season from the month of April, May and November; discounted permits are sold at discounted price of US$350 each. On one particular day especially during the high season, around 80 individual tourists undertake gorilla trekking safaris to Uganda’s Bwindi to trek the stunning Mountain gorillas in the ancient Impenetrable forest and only a group of 8 individual trekkers are allowed to trek a habituated gorilla family. We strongly recommend you to book your Uganda gorilla permit with a safari agent as early as 3-5 month in advance.
The most Common blunder which travelers on Uganda gorilla tours and safaris make is booking a Habituated gorilla family which is located far distance from their choice of lodging facility. What you should note is that the road network to Bwindi Impenetrable and its different gorilla trekking regions are often very awkward because this is a remote area, hilly area and hence if you book a lodge located far away from the gorilla family you are going to trek, it becomes hard to catch up with gorilla trekking activity which starts 8;00Am in the morning.
For travelers who would wish to plan and do gorilla trekking safari to Uganda on their own in order to save costs, they might end up spending more on their safari compared to if they used Ugandan based safari tour operators. Booking Gorilla permit through tour operator is best option and usually tour operators charge an extra fee of USD100 on top of US$600 and this happens when you only need a permit from them. The extra USD100 per permit is attached to help them in administrative costs like make calls to UWA, pick the permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority where the permits are sold officially and then deliver it to you.
In case you involve the tour operators in the whole process of planning for your Uganda gorilla trekking safari, they will not charge you the extra USD100 because they know that you will use their other services like guiding services, transfers among others.
The process of booking gorilla permit through tour operator requires potential travelers planning for gorilla safaris and tours to Uganda informing the tour operator of the specific dates he or she wishes to undertake gorilla safari to Uganda and he or she must specify the exact date for trekking the mountain gorillas.
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