How to obtain a gorilla permit in Uganda.
To obtain a gorilla permit in Uganda, you need to book it in advance through a reliable tour operator. The permits are booked on a first come first serve basis through the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Gorilla trekking takes part in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The age limit for the gorilla trekking is 15 years old.
As soon as you decide on your travel dates, ensure you begin the process of booking for a permit which will give you access to the preferred park for gorilla trekking.
It is recommended to book your permit five months in advance especially if you intend to travel during the peak seasons of June, July, August, September, December January, and February. These are very busy seasons and permits are limited as they sell out quickly.
How much is the gorilla permit in Uganda?
Effective July 2024, below are the new charges
Gorilla Trekking Experience
Foreign Non-Residents USD 800 per person
Foreign Residents with working permits of USD 700 per person
Rest of Africa USD 500 per person
Residents UGX 300 000 per person
The gorilla habituation experience fees with 4 hours spent with the gorillas
Foreign Non-Residents USD 1500 per person
Foreign Residents with working permits USD 1000 per person
Rest of Africa USD 1000 per person
Residents UGX 750 000 per person
The above fees are inclusive of the guide, park entrance fees, and community development contribution.
What is needed to book the gorilla permit in Uganda?
At the time of making a gorilla permit booking, you will need to provide the below details.
The possible date you would like to track the gorillas (availability is never a guarantee so better to have 2 or more dates), Names, Nationality, and Passport number.
Your gorilla tracking permit will have a serial number with the above personal details written on it. The permit has to be presented at the park headquarters after the pre-tracking briefing session has been done.
On the day of your gorilla trek, make sure to arrive at the designated meeting point early. You’ll need to present your gorilla permit along with your identification (usually your passport) before embarking on the trek.
How long does a gorilla trekking tour last?
A gorilla trekking session can last from 30 minutes to about 7 hours depending on the location and movement of the gorilla family you have been assigned to track.
You will also have to consider the weather and section you are tracking from as there are different terrains from the central part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to the southern part of the park Or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Upon sighting the gorilla family, you will spend one hour observing and photographing them before heading back to the trailhead for your certification after the trek.