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How to reschedule gorilla habituation permits in Bwindi

How to reschedule a gorilla habituation permits in Uganda

How to reschedule gorilla habituation permits in Bwindi

How to reschedule gorilla habituation permits in Bwindi? The Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in Rushaga sector is an activity that involves travelers to stay with mountain gorillas for up to 4 hours while making them used to human presence. The mountain gorilla habituation experience is done for up to 2 hours until the mountain gorillas pass a mocking stage. Gorilla habituation is only done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to more than half of the mountain gorilla population in southwestern Uganda. The gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi is done in the Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors by gorilla families Bikingi and Bushaho. To habituate these endangered mountain gorillas, you will need to have a valid gorilla habituation permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority which we advise you to book in advance of 3-4 months since the permits sell out quickly. The gorilla habituation permit allows you to be around mountain gorillas for 4 hours and this can be done at any time of the year.

How to book mountain gorilla habituation experience permits

Booking a mountain gorilla habituation experience permit can be done by you directly or by a trusted tour operator, but the best way is to use a tour operator. If you opt to use a tour operator, it is better to use one who is licensed by the Uganda Tourism Authority and, at the same time, a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Africa Adventure vacations help travelers to book mountain gorilla habituation permits and all we need is your travel date details so that we check for the availability of the permits with the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Once the travel dates have the gorilla habituation permits available, we shall request you to send money to our bank details, and once we have received the money, we shall go further and secure you a permit.

How to reschedule gorilla habituation experience permits

One may decide to reschedule gorilla habituation permits for various reasons, such as outbreaks of diseases, financial problems, among others. For Africa Adventure Vacations to help you with rescheduling your gorilla habituation permit, we shall request you to send us an email containing the permit details and the new date that you would want to habituate the animals. We shall send Uganda wildlife authorities an email containing the reasons as to why you want to reschedule the permit and ask them to do so for you. Once approved, we shall let you know the new travel dates and you will be ready to go.

What are some of the terms of rescheduling mountain gorilla habituation permits?

Uganda’s wildlife authority says that mountain gorilla habituation permits can only be changed once. Should you ask to reschedule the first time and try again the second time, you will not be allowed, you will just lose your permit. Once you have rescheduled your permit for the first time and you want to change a date, the only option now will be reselling the permit. Reselling the permit is only possible if you booked it with Africa Adventure Vacations, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find someone to buy it from you. If you are lucky and we sell the permit to another person, we shall refund you the money.

You can only reschedule Bwindi gorilla habituation permits 2 weeks before the actual trekking date. Any other below 2 weeks, your permit can’t be changed or a certain fee will be charged. If you want to reschedule your gorilla habituation permits, feel free to email us 2 weeks before the actual trek and we shall help you out.

To reschedule gorilla habituation permits in Bwindi Uganda is free and no one should ask you for any money when you are doing it 2 weeks before the actual trek. A fee is only asked from those whose permits have been printed and cards issued and this is $20.

How much to spend 4 hours with mountain gorillas?

According to Uganda’s wildlife authority, the gorilla habituation permits cost $1500 for foreign non-residents, $1,000 for foreign residents and Shs750, 000 for East African citizens. The Gorilla habituation experience permit includes the park entrance fee, the service of the ranger guides, and four hours with mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. These gorilla habituation permits can be obtained from the Uganda wildlife authority or from a trusted local tour operator.

Gorilla habituation in Bwindi

Gorilla habituation in Rushaga or Nkuringo sectors is an opportunity that allows one to be with mountain gorillas for up to 4 hours. Gorilla habituation in this park will require travelers to wake up early in the morning and head to the briefing centre where rangers will teach them about the dos and don’ts of the gorilla habituation activity. After a briefing, a group of four people are accompanied by rangers, researchers, and conservationists to the jungle to search for mountain gorillas that are undergoing habituation. During the search, the trekkers get opportunities to see some of the park’s animals such as buffaloes, elephants, giant forest hogs, duikers, birds, and different trek species. On meeting the mountain gorilla family, the trekkers are given 4 hours to be with the mountain gorillas as they go through their daily activities, making them get used to human presence, taking photos, and learn more about their behaviors.

The gorilla habituation experience is only available in the Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors and was created to assist those who have limited vacation time but would like to spend more time with the endangered mountain gorillas. Travelers who want to spend more time with the mountain gorillas using a normal gorilla trekking permit will have to book different days. For example, the cost of four days using a normal permit is $2800, so a person who books a single gorilla habituation permit saves about $1300. Africa Adventure vacations help travelers to book gorilla habituation permits.

How to access the southern part of the Bwindi impenetrable forest

The southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park can be accessed by road transport from Kampala/Entebbe using the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara-Kabale-Kisoro road, and this journey takes 9-10 hours to access any of these sectors. On your way to the park, you can have a stopover at the equator, have beautiful views of the surrounding lakes, rivers, mountains, and a short game drives through Lake Mburo national park. Travelers coming from Rwanda can access the Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors using the Cyanika border in Kisoro and get to the park in 4-5 hours.

By air transport, travelers can use scheduled flights from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip to Kisoro airstrip, taking 2 hours, and from here they will find our driver/safari guides ready to transport them to the park or lodge.

What is the best time to visit Rushaga and Nkuringo for mountain gorilla habituation?

Mountain gorilla habituation in Rushaga and Nkuringo can be done at any time of year, but travelers say the dry season is the best for this activity. The dry season in Bwindi occurs from June to September and December to February, and during this season there is little or no rainfall. When the rainfall is little or none, it means that the trekking trails are not muddy and slippery, the roads leading to the park are passable, and the vegetation is thin, giving clear views of animals and good photography. Trekkers can also visit the park for gorilla habituation in the rainy season so as to enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities, but they should be aware that there will be too much rainfall.

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 Rwanda, mountain gorilla habituation, Chimpanzee trekking and habituation, birding, golden monkey trekking, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours, among others. Booking to reschedule gorilla habituation permits in Bwindi can be done at any time of the year.