Total number of mountain gorilla permits in Uganda?
What is the total number of mountain gorilla permits in Uganda? Uganda is one of the lucky three countries that has national parks harboring mountain gorillas. The country has 2 national parks having these mountain gorillas and these are Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park in the southwestern part of Uganda. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park alone has 19 habituated mountain gorilla families, 2 undergoing habituation, and Mgahinga national park has 1 habituated gorilla family.
Travelers that are planning on visiting Uganda and spend time with mountain gorillas should know that the country has a total of 168 permits (trekking and habituation) and these can be got from a trusted local tour operator like Africa Adventure Vacations Limited or Uganda Wildlife Authority. Trekking and habituation of mountain gorillas in Uganda can be done at any time of the year with the parks being accessed in a single day using air transport and road transport
What is the total number of mountain gorilla permits in Uganda per day?
There are 2 types of gorilla permits in Uganda and these are gorilla trekking permits that allow travelers to be around mountain gorillas for 1 hour and gorilla trekking permits that allow travelers to be around mountain gorillas for 4 hours. Uganda’s Mgahinga national park has only 8 gorilla permits while Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has 152 gorilla permits which total this to 160 permits every day at the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The gorilla habituation permits are only 8 since only 2 families are available for habituation every day. You see the 168 permits many but during the dry season, they sell out quickly since that’s the time most of the travelers are in the country so we advise you to book 3-4 months in advance if you are intending to visit in the dry season.
Ways how people intending to visit Uganda for mountain gorilla trekking can book the permits?
People from across the world can book their gorilla permits to Uganda with Africa Adventure Vacations limited a licensed company by Uganda Tourism Board in Uganda. When you book with Africa Adventure Vacations limited, all we ask from you in the negging are the travel dates and we use these dates to check for the availability of the permits with the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
The moment we find the permits available, we shall go send you an email containing ways of how you can send us money and once we have received the money we shall go further and book for you a permit. After securing the permit, we shall send you scanned copies for your reports.
Travelers can use their gadgets to book for themselves gorilla permits in Uganda. This is done successfully by visiting the Uganda Wildlife Authority website and sending them an email containing the dates you would want to travel. If the days are available, they will send you an email back containing the details of how you can send them money and once they have received the money, they will go ahead to book you a permit. We advise travelers to book their permits in advance of 3-4 months to avoid inconveniences.
How much does it cost to spend time with endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda?
Trekking or habituating mountain gorillas is not expensive as compared to Rwanda and the permits are sold to persons above the age of 15 years old. Uganda gorilla trekking permits cost $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 foreign residents, and shs250,000 citizens of East Africa. The gorilla trekking permit money comes with 1 hour of being around mountain gorillas, park entrance fees, ranger guide fees, and community development fees.
The other gorilla permit in Uganda is the gorilla habituation and this is sold by Uganda Wildlife Authority at a fee of $1500 foreign non-residents, $1000 foreign residents, and shs750,000 East African residents. The gorilla habituation permit allows travelers above the age of 15 years old to be around mountain gorillas for up to 4 hours. Remember that mountain gorilla habituation is done in Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
When to book gorilla permits for Uganda?
Booking of gorilla permits in Uganda can be done at any time of the year the fact that Uganda Wildlife Authority is always open. We normally advise our clients to book their trekking or habituation permits 3-4 months in advance before the actual day in the country. We advise this because the number of permits is few and the number of those that want to trek is high therefore you need to book your permit earlier.
What is the most appropriate time to visit Uganda for mountain gorilla trekking?
All the mountain gorilla parks in Uganda are located in the southwestern part of the country and in the same climatic region. Being in the same climatic region means that the dry seasons and the rainy seasons happen at the same time in all the parks. The dry season is the best for mountain gorilla trekking in Mgahinga and Bwindi and this occurs in June to September and December to February and during this time there is little or no rainfall in the park.
Since the rainfall is little or not there at all, the vegetation is thin giving clear views of the park animals, the trekking trails are less muddy and not slippery hence increasing the speed of trekkers, and lastly the roads leading to the parks are passable. Most of the travelers like moving in the dry season therefore we argue our clients to book their trekking or habituation permits in advance of 3-4 months to avoid inconveniences.
Tourists can as well visit Bwindi and Mgahinga of Uganda in the rainy seasons of March to May and October to November and coming this time will enable them to get used discounts on accommodation facilities. Tourists need to know that the rainy season is characterized by too much rainfall, thick vegetation cover, slippery and muddy trekking trails, and roads leading to the parks are always impassable.
Spending time with mountain gorillas in Uganda
On the day of gorilla trekking or gorilla habituation in Uganda, tourists are expected to be at the briefing points in different areas where they are going to do the activity. it’s from these points that the rangers will teach them about the dos and don’ts of the gorilla trekking or habituation activity. After the briefing exercise has gotten done, the ranger will group the trekkers not exceeding 8 if it’s the case of gorilla trekking and then 4 if it’s habituation, and different ranger guides will lead these trekkers into the different park trails.
While passing through different park trails, the trekkers will get an opportunity of seeing different park animals such as elephants, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, duikers, monkeys, birds, and different plant species. After several hours of searching and meeting the mountain gorillas, the trekkers are given 1 hour to be around these apes as they way them do daily activities like playing, nesting, hunting, learning about their habits, and taking them photos. If it’s for the case of gorilla habituation in Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors, you will be given 4 hours to make the mountain gorillas get used to human presence.
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, mountain gorilla habituation, Chimpanzee trekking and habituation, birding, golden monkey trekking, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking all the total number of mountain gorilla permits in Uganda can be done at any time of the year however you need to book in advance to increase chances of securing your permits.