How many people are allowed to trek gorilla families in Uganda
In Uganda, each gorilla family may only be trekked by a maximum of eight people, and tourists are only permitted to spend one hour in the company of the mountain gorillas once they are discovered in their natural environment. During the one-hour session, attendees will take photographs using flash-free cameras, learn about gorilla behavior, and document the moments.
However, the Rushaga sector gorilla habituation experience permits a maximum of four persons to visit a gorilla family in habituation and spend four hours with the gorillas in their natural environment while they learn and see how they are being habituated.
Bwindi national park has 19 habituated gorilla families, implying that there are 152 available gorilla trekking permits for visitors daily, whereas Mgahinga gorilla national park has one habituated gorilla family, implying that there are 8 available gorilla trekking permits for visitors daily.
Cost of a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda
A gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park costs $700 per person for Foreign Non-Residents, $600 for Foreign Residents, and UGX 250,000 for East African residents.
What is included in a gorilla trekking permit?
- One hour in the presence of the gorilla family though gorilla trekking itself takes about 2 to 7 hours in the jungle depending on the location of the gorillas.
- The permit includes park entrance fees
- Security, once you are in both gorilla national parks be assured that you are safe because Uganda has well-trained park rangers and tourism police who offer protection to the parks.
- Uganda Gorilla trekking permit also includes the services of a guide or pack ranger who will be taking you around the forest.
- The permit also includes gorilla trackers who wake up early and move into the jungle to search for the mountain gorillas to communicate to the guides were to take the visitor when trekking.
How to book a Gorilla trekking permit
You can book through a trusted tour operator to acquire a gorilla trekking permit for you. Adyeri Creations Ltd is one of the best tour companies in Uganda that will help you acquire your gorilla trekking permit for your Uganda gorilla safari. When you are booking via Adyeri Creations you will contact us with the dates, month, and year when you want to engage in gorilla trekking activity and we will check the availability of the permits and get back to you. We will send you the account number where you will deposit 30% money and also send scanned copies of your passport which will be used to process your permit. Once the money has been deposited we will obtain your gorilla trekking permit and will send you scanned copies of the permit as confirmation.
Booking your gorilla permit through a trusted tour operator is the best option in that we will not only acquire your gorilla trekking permit but also plan for the whole safari where we will plan for your transportation, meals, accommodation, and exciting activities to engage in while on your safari and destinations to visit which make your Uganda gorilla trekking safari fascinating and unforgettable.
When to book a Gorilla trekking permit
A gorilla trekking permit in either gorilla park should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date because the gorilla trekking permits are competitive and usually get sold out, especially during the peak season in the months of June to September and December to February. During the peak season the permits are in high demand hence should be booked in advance to avoid disappointments.