How much is a gorilla permit?
A gorilla permit in Uganda costs six hundred US dollars ($600) . Each gorilla permits allows you to do gorilla trekking only once; if you wish to do 2 gorilla treks, you will need to book 2 gorilla permits. and the Gorilla Trekking Permits in Rwanda Cost $1500
How long should I book my permit before the trek?
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is such an activity , Gorilla permits are issued
s on a first come, first serve basis. its advisable that you book your permits three months in advance especially if you are looking to go gorilla trekking during the peak season (June to September) and (December to February).
What is the best time to go gorilla trekking in Uganda?
This is Dependent on the Trekker , Since gorilla trekking is usually one activity that is part of a long safari, the best time to go gorilla trekking would be during the dry season (June, July, August, September, December, January and February).
How to Book Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Contact us by Email or phone and we shall organise you a trekking Safari
What is a gorilla permit?
A gorilla permit is an official license allowing an individual to participate in Gorilla trekking.
Are Mountain Gorillas Dangerous Species?
Will the mountain Gorillas hurt me during the trek?
Most Visitors frequently ask if mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park are dangerous. The primates are gentle and shy though they are dominant and strong.The mountain Gorillas in Uganda are habituated in a process that takes 2 years before they are opened to trekkers these years of Habituation makes them used to humans being around them.
When taking a gorilla trekking adventure always follow the instructions from the tour guides of standing meters away from them, make sure when taking photographs switch off the flash and avoid getting between their families.
In Uganda there has not been any registered aggression to tourists by the primate’s so far.
Please note just like any wild animals if mountain gorillas are threatened they do attack Mountain gorillas have dominance fights when 2 Mountain Gorilla groups meet and this is sometimes fatal because Silverbacks fight to death.
• Mountain gorillas live in groups of 2 – 30 or 40, but Groups of 10 is the most common
• Males begin breeding at 15 years
• Females start giving birth between 10 and 12 years.
• Females can give birth after every 2 to 3 years
• Females giving birth to 4 – 6 offspring through their lifetime.
• Males leave their group at about 11 years of age with half of the females in the group.
• Mountain gorillas communicate through roars, grunts and shouts with 25 sounds currently documented by researchers
What is the threat to mountain gorillas?
Humans are the number one threat to the primates encroaching their habitats creating settlements around them , bush burning but this has been stopped after sensitization of the locals in these areas in Uganda poaching is not heard of late but this still holds in the Virunga national park in the DRC.
The primates are also threatened by human transmitted diseases theses are mainly carries by the visitors trekking them this is why people with diseases that can be transmitted to the gorillas like cough, flue are not allowed to trek the primates.
Where Can I See Gorillas in Africa?
Mountain Gorillas can only be seen in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Other Gorilla subspecies can be seen in Angola, Nigeria.
How much does a Gorilla Safari Cost?
Every tour operator has their own price but we at Amani Apillar safaris have group gorilla Trekking Safaris from $400 for groups price is exclusive of the Gorilla Trekking permit of $600 giving you access to the primates for 1 hour and 1500 Gorilla habituation permit for Uganda giving you 4 hours with the primates a great deal for documentary film makers and researchers .
The Rwanda 1 hour gorilla trekking permit goes for $1500. Contact us early so we can plan together your unforgettable gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda.
Note Gorilla trekking permits are highly sought after early booking gives you guarantees of taking part in the most sought after tourist activity on the African continent.
We also offer you other wild life safaris like the big five wildlife safaris see the most sought after animals, the Rhino, Leopard, elephant, Lion and the Cape buffalo.
We also have great birding safaris in Uganda please review our itineraries and contact us we shall be glad to serve you.
Where should I go for Gorilla Trekking Democratic republic of Congo, Rwanda or Uganda?
This is one of the questions that most people planning a gorilla trekking adventure in Africa ask themselves. Is it Uganda or Rwanda? I run down a list of advantages and disadvantages and I give our take on a gorilla trekking adventure in Africa. This adventure is an epic one and it must be done by everyone at-least in their lifetime reason being these endangered animals are only in the 3 countries of Uganda, Rwanda and the democratic Republic of Congo and no mountain gorilla is in any Zoo in the world .
The Democratic Republic of Congo has the primates in the Virunga national park but the country is highly volatile with conflicts breaking out more frequently we would not recommend a gorilla trekking adventure there. Prices of the gorilla trekking permits in the park costs 400 USD the saving of $200 in relation to Uganda to trek the primates in Congo is not worthy it compared to the risks that can lead to loss of life.
How to Get a Gorilla Trekking Permit in Uganda and Rwanda ?
Gorilla tracking permits MUST be purchased in advance; it’s advisable to book your spot on one of the sought after tourist activities on the African continent to book your Trekking permit 6 months to 1 year in advance. Last minute bookings may be possible in the low season months of March to May and September to October which are the rainy season months in Uganda.
The gorilla trekking permit gives you access to a family of the primates for 1 hour and the gorilla habituation permit gives you access to the primates for 4 hours costing you $1500 and the minimum gorilla trekking age is 15 years.
Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda can be purchased 2 years in advance from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and if you are interested in the gorilla trekking adventure in Rwanda the purchase can be done from the Rwanda Tourism Board (RTB) websites the only challenge is the bureaucracies sometimes are not worthy it you can use a registered tour operator to do this for you contact us and we shall reserve the permit for you.
Information needed to book the gorilla trekking permit are , The date you would like to trek the primates, you will Suggest some dates in case your ideal date is booked of date is already booked up, scanned copy of your passport ,Your name, nationality and passport number.
Please NOTE Gorilla tracking permits are non-transferable.
• Passports are requiring at the briefings before the trekking begins for identification.
• If you are a senior citizen or have physicality challenges and is planning a gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda it’s advisable to notify us so we can book a permit in the location of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park favorable for you to trek if you are worried of high elevations
When to Go To See the Mountain Gorillas in Africa?
Tracking of these primates can be done all year round in Rwanda and Uganda the only challenge wit trekking of the primates in the rainy months of march to June and October to December is that there is a lot of rainfall in the Bwindi impenetrable forest and the volcano national park making trekking quite a challenge most tourists opt for visiting in the months of June to September and December to February. However the low season time of the year gives you chance to get cheaper trekking Gorilla Trekking permits.
what gorillas eat?
Bamboo , Leaves and Fruits
What to Wear? Choosing the right Clothing for Gorilla Trekking?
• Gorilla Trekking gear guide.
• Good quality walking boots if trying any hikes or even climbs,
• warm layers of cloth for the cold evenings
• clothing for wet weather remember it becomes cold and wet at this high altitude.
• More on Safari clothing wear on an African safari