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Gorilla Permits

Would you like to book Gorilla Permits for your travel in Uganda? Here is all the information you need to book gorilla passes.

Quick Questions

  • What is the Cost of Gorilla Permits
  • How to Book Gorilla Permits
  • Cancellation for Gorilla Permits

Planning a gorilla safari but wondering how much a permit gorilla cost? Before embarking on actual gorilla trek to Uganda, one of the essential things you need is a gorilla pass. It is an important requirement that allows you to take part in this life changing adventure in Bwindi Forest. One gorilla pass permits you to track a gorilla family a day. Within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest there are 16 families that have been habituated in the forest. The gorilla groups are spread in four sectors that are spread far from each other. Traveling from one sector to another takes 3-7 hours and therefore it is important to reserve the gorilla permits from the sector where you are looking at staying. Given that gorilla permits are competitive it is important to be certain of availability of gorilla permits before booking a  place where you are to stay.

How much is a gorilla permit in Uganda

To track mountain gorillas in Uganda, you need $600 to help you secure a gorilla permit. This allows you to explore these creatures in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This same price applies to the gorilla permits of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These parks are both located in southwestern Uganda just at a border with DR Congo along the Albertine rift valley.

You are advised to book your permit early enough to avoid disappointments. This is due to that there is a high demand for permits and the fact that treks are limited to only 8 visitors per habituated family per day, you really need to secure one early enough before the actual trek. Finding gorilla permits gets harder especially during the peak season which is also the dry season. This period starts from June to September and from December to February. Please be in the know that some tourists book gorilla permits a year in advance.

Though most travelers prefer the peak months, gorilla treks are also possible during wet or rainy season. This period is also regarded as the low season that begins from March to May and from October to November.

Book Your Gorilla Permits

To book a permit in Uganda, you need to deal with a reliable, trustworthy tour operator. The other possibility is for you book a gorilla permit in person at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). Booking a permit through a local tour operator usually makes the process faster compared to if you booked it through UWA.

Most important to take note is that, tour companies can add an extra fee of about $50-$100 per permit. The extra charge per permit covers the cost and logistics of booking the gorilla permits such as making calls, picking the permits, delivering it to you and other administrative costs. For prepackaged tours, a gorilla permit is already included in the price.

The process for booking permit

Please let your tour operator know the dates you intend to track gorillas to ease planning process. By so doing, a tour operator then lets you know if the dates you prefer to take part in this adventure are indeed available and temporarily book them for you. You will be sent bank details for you to make money transfer for your permit or even make payment by credit card. The tour operator then sends you acknowledgement email for the money transfer and you are requested to instruct your bank deduct bank charges for the transaction from your account to avoid less payment for the permit that may make you miss your permit or rather incur extra cost that you never planned for. The extra costs may be for services such as telephone calls, transport that are incurred while securing a permit for you. After, send a copy of your passport that has your details that will be used during permit registration. Your full names, nationality and the passport number are some key things needed when registering your permit, so please do present them early enough. Your names will then be registered and a permit is acquired for you. After the payments are effected the permit is obtained for you however, take note that this permit alone doesn’t guarantee you a 100 percent to see mountain gorillas but gives you about 95% chances.