Would you like to see the mountain gorillas in the wild? Are you organizing a trip to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda? The first thing to consider is booking a gorilla permit which should be done at least three to five months before your desired date. Please note that during peak months, you may need to book your permit well in advance and you should consider booking at least 6 months to the date you are travel within.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Rwanda Development Board (RDB) are the official bodies issuing gorilla permits in Uganda and Rwandan respectively. These bodies work with selected tour operators to sell the gorilla permits to prospective visitors.
A gorilla permit cost USD 600 for Uganda and USD 1500 for Rwanda.
Important to Know
Take note, children under 15 years of age restricted from gorilla tracking. In some cases you may need to consent with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to allow a 14 year old kid to go gorilla tracking in Uganda.
For independent travelers, when planning self-drive tour,it is important to book your permit with a registered car rental company or tour operator. Booking a gorilla permit on your own is possible only when you are in the country but can be difficult. It is easier to book a gorilla permit with a destination management company than with UWA or RDB except when you visit their offices and book in person.
To book your gorilla permits with the same company, consider that as a separate inquiry which you need to agree on its own. Take into account extra charges for that service like transport and airtime to make booking calls. You can check out for a list of destination management companies that can help you book a gorilla permit for your trip.
Step by Step Guide to Booking Gorilla Permits
Think about where you want to go for gorilla tracking and then contact one of the registered tour operators to assist booking gorilla permits. They are a brilliant point of contact answering any questions you have on gorilla permits for the destination of choice.
Specify the dates you intend for gorilla tracking and the tour operator will find out from Uganda wildlife authority or Rwanda development board whether the gorilla permits are available in the gorilla tracking location say Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Mgahinga or Volcanoes National Park.
Once gorilla permits are available for the preferred date of travel, visitors can send money to the tour operator who will go ahead and purchase the gorilla permits on your behalf.
Provide a photocopy of your passport, date of birth and nationality so that gorilla permit is secured and registered in your full names.