Booking a last minute gorilla trekking permit in Uganda; Gorilla trekking permits are legal documents or cards that are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them to visit habituated gorilla families in either Bwindi impenetrable national park and spend one hour with the mountain gorillas in their habitat. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in two national parks that is Mgahinga gorilla national park and Bwindi impenetrable national park both located in south western part of Uganda. gorilla trekking is also done in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park and Kahuzi biega national park in Democratic Republic of Congo. Booking a last minute gorilla trekking permit in Uganda is possible but challenging and this article will guide you on how to book your last minute gorilla permit, cost of the gorilla permit, when to book the gorilla permit among others.
How to book last minute gorilla trekking permit in Uganda
Bwindi impenetrable national park is a home of over 19 habituated gorilla families and Mgahinga gorilla national park is a home of one habituated gorilla family which means that Uganda has a total of 160 gorilla trekking permits available daily. Last minute gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park can be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us on email or telephone with the date, month, year and gorilla destination that you wish to visit. After contacting us, we will check for permit availability from Uganda Wildlife Authority and if there are permits available, you will be asked to make a deposit. Once the payment has been made, we will be able to purchase the gorilla trekking permit on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.
Booking your gorilla trekking permit through Achieve Global Safaris is the best option in that we do not only acquire gorilla trekking permits on your behalf but also organize your entire gorilla trekking safari which involves transportation to the gorilla destination, accommodation where you will stay during your safari, services of an experienced driver guide, other activities to engage in after gorilla trekking and other destinations to visit during the safari.
Cost of last minute gorilla trekking permits in Uganda
Gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park costs 700 USD per person for foreign non residents, 600 USD per person for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
When to book last minute gorilla trekking permits in Uganda
Last minute gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park can be booked anytime of the year though the best time is during the low season in the months of march to June and October to November because during this period there are few people traveling therefore last minute gorilla trekking permits can easily be purchased compared to the peak season where gorilla trekking permits should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date because they usually get sold out quickly.
Gorilla trekking experience
Gorilla trekking in both Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will be sub-divided into groups of 8 people where each group will be allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek and a n experienced park guide who is well conversant with gorilla trekking trails. Trekking of mountain gorillas in Uganda takes about 2 to 7 hours depending on where they are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking, you will be rewarded with views of other primate species and once the gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their environment which gives you a chance to watch them carry out their daily activities, learn more about their behaviours, habits, take photos and record videos.
What to pack for gorilla trekking safari in Uganda?
When going for gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, there are a number of essential items that you should pack or carry including hiking shoes, insect repellent, garden gloves, long sleeved shirt and trouser, energy snacks and drinking water, waterproof rain jacket, warm sweater, a hat and sunglasses, walking stick, face masks, a pair of binoculars, back pack among others.
You can reach out to us at Achieve Global Safaris for more information about last minute gorilla trekking permits or you can visit our website for various gorilla trekking safari packages or to book a last minute gorilla trekking permit.