Uganda Gorilla Permit Cost
Uganda gorilla permit cost is a vital requirement for gorilla trekking Uganda on any tour that includes tracking mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. To have a gorilla safari in Uganda either to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park an individual needs a gorilla permit.
Wondering what a gorilla permit is? A Uganda gorilla permit is a document issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority permitting any eligible travelers to go gorilla trekking in Uganda. Only individuals above the age of 15 are eligible to purchase gorilla permits in Uganda and having the trekking experience.
Each Uganda gorilla permit in 2020 costs US$ 700 for foreign nonresidents, US$ 600 for foreign residents and Ugandan Shillings 250,000 for Ugandans and East African Citizens. Foreign nonresidents are tourists who come into the country with a tourist visa for the purposes of gorilla trekking and maybe other Uganda primate tracking tours. Foreign residents are persons who are not Ugandans but staying in Uganda with working permits.
Foreign nonresidents – US$ 700
Foreign residents – US$ 600
Ugandans and East African Citizens – UGX 250,000
Uganda gorilla trekking permits are sold at the same cost for both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as well as Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Permits are available all year round offering an experience that makes every penny spent, hiking and distance worth it the moment you set eyes on the elusive mountain gorilla giants.
However, the Uganda gorilla permit cost should not be confused as the overall cost for Uganda gorilla trekking tours. The permit cost is only for the document that permits a person to trek gorillas and to have your total estimate gorilla tour cost consider including transport costs, meals, accommodation, visas and many more essentials for your trip.
How to Purchase a Uganda gorilla permit?
After knowing the cost of a Uganda gorilla trekking permit and decided to plan Uganda gorilla trekking safaris then knowing the right procedure is essential. To book and purchase a gorilla permit in Uganda, it is easy if you contact a credible Uganda tour operator. All bookings and payments will be made to your interests. Individually booking through the Uganda Wildlife Authority is also possible.
When/best time to book for gorilla permits in Uganda?
Booking for Uganda gorilla permits should be done at least six months in advance during the peak season and three months prior during the low season. This is because permits are at a high demand and therefore can be fully booked for the date you may desire to go tracking.
The high season is during the dry months of December to February and June to July. During these times tourists flock the park for gorilla trekking and that’s why early permit booking is recommended.
How are gorilla permits allocated?
In Uganda gorilla permits are allocated according to different regions since Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has four different regions. These are Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo sector in the different sides of the park. The permits are allocated according to availability during the time of booking. In case you are interested in tracking gorillas in a specific sector then you should communicate early and bookings for that sector can be made.
For Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, there is only one gorilla family and only 8 permits are available for booking each day.
After booking a gorilla permit for a specific sector, the gorilla family to be trekked is allocated during the morning of the gorilla tour. This is done early morning during the briefing session by the park rangers. The family allocated can also be decided by the interested clients if possible. Each individual is allocated according to their hiking ability and the group treks according to the pace of the slowest trekker.
The cost of each gorilla trekking permit contributes to the protection of mountain gorillas which makes the gorilla permit cost all worth it. Book your gorilla trekking permit to Uganda and have a memorable trekking experience like no other. Gorilla Cousins Rwanda can help you tailor any form of gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and also Rwanda. Our popular short Uganda gorilla safari itineraries include the 3 days Uganda gorilla safari to Bwindi and the 2 days gorilla trek Rwanda.