Booking a gorilla permit by yourself
Are you interested in booking a gorilla permit by yourself? Have you been wondering how you can book a gorilla permit for any national park that harbors mountain gorillas in Uganda? Well in this article we are going to show some of the ways how you can achieve this and more information you didn’t know about mountain gorilla tourism in the world. Well, a gorilla permit is the first requirement needed from a person before taking part in any tourism activity in the national park.
The mountain gorilla permits are documents allowing a tourist to be around mountain gorillas for a specific period of time and for the case of Uganda they are issued out by the Uganda Tourism Board, for DR Congo its Virunga national park website, and for Rwanda its Rwanda development board. The above bodies do issue out the permits because it’s where mountain gorillas do live in the world. They live in Mgahinga national park, Virunga national park, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, and Volcanoes national park.
Booking a gorilla permit by yourself
Tourists can now book themselves gorilla permits of any national park by using the internet. The booking can be done on a computer or a phone by simply sending an email to the bodies responsible for gorilla tourism in that particular country. For Uganda, you will have to send an email to Uganda Wildlife Authority, for Rwanda its Rwanda development board and DR Congo is Virunga national park website. You will send them an email containing the dates you want to travel and once they find the permits available, they will get back to you and you will have to send money for the permit to be booked.
Using a local tour operator
There are so many tour operators in East Africa who are always ready to book permits on behalf of the clients. When you are using a tour operator to book a gorilla permit for you need to be sure that they are not fraudsters or scammers who want to steal your money that why we advise travelers to first check if the company they are using is registered.
Africa adventure vacations limited is one of the companies you need to trust when you want to book a gorilla permit in Uganda. We are licensed by Uganda Tourism Board and we are allowed to book gorilla permits on behalf of clients in East Africa. When you decide to work with us what we ask from you in the first place are the travel dates and we shall first have to check for the availability of the permits with the bodies in charge of tourism of the country you want to travel and once the permits are available, we shall send you ways of payment and when you send money and we receive it we shall book the permits for you.
What is the most appropriate time to book a gorilla permit from any part of the world?
Tourists in the whole world intending to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda or DR Congo can book their gorilla permits at any time of the year. However, we advise travelers to book the gorilla permits in advance of 3-4 months before visiting the country simply to avoid inconveniences most especially if they are planning to trek in the dry season. During the dry season, the permits do sell out quickly simply because that’s the time most of the tourists are coming into the country to trek these endangered apes.
Countries where you can spend time with mountain gorillas in the world
Mountain gorilla trekking in the whole world is done in 3 countries of Africa which are DR Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda. In R Congo, mountain gorilla trekking is done in Virunga national park and it’s done among the 8 habituated mountain gorilla families that are fully habituated for tourism in the park. Trekking is done at any time of the year by those possessing mountain gorilla permits and above the age of 15 years. Trekking mountain gorillas in DR Congo is very cheap with a permit going for $450 in the dry season and $200 in the low season.
Uganda is the second country in the world where mountain gorilla trekking can be done and what makes it special is that it has 2 national parks that are harboring these endangered primates. Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park which makes the country harbor more than half of the mountain gorilla population left in the world. The permit prices in Uganda are the same for they cost $700 foreign non-residents, $600 foreign residents, and shs250,000 East African citizens.
Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda is done among 20 habituated mountain gorilla families and the habituation is done among 2 semi habituated mountain gorilla families. Those going through habituation are found in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and only in the southern sectors of the park Nkuringo and Rushaga. 19 of the 20 habituated mountain gorilla families are found in Bwindi alone that why they say it has the highest number of mountain gorillas while the 1 is found in Mgahinga national park.
Rwanda is the last country with mountain gorillas in Africa and these are found in the montane vegetation of volcanoes national park. Mountain gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park is done among 10 habituated mountain gorilla families which can only be trekked at any time of the year with those having valid gorilla trekking permits. To spend 1 hour with mountain gorillas you need to pay $1500.
What is the best time for Booking a gorilla permit by yourself
Uganda, Rwanda nada DR Congo have always been open for mountain gorilla trekking activities however there are some months that are better than the rest and these are the drier months. The drier months in East Africa do happen in June to September and December to February and are characterized by little or no rainfall, vegetation in the park is always thin giving clear views of animals, the trekking trails be dry and the roads leading to the park are passable.
Travelers can as well visit these countries for mountain gorilla trekking in the rainy season and by doing so they will enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities, and those that shall visit DR Cong will enjoy huge discounts on permits. Tourists however need to know that the rainy months of March to May and October to November are characterized by heavy rainfall which makes the roads leading to the park impassable and the trekking trails muddy and slippery.
What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?
Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi, mountain gorilla habituation, Chimpanzee trekking and habituation, birding, golden monkey trekking, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking a gorilla permit by yourself can be done at any time of the year.