How to sure a gorilla trekking permit, getting a Gorilla permit or how to book a Uganda gorilla trekking permit to see Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and Mgahinga National park.

Securing a gorilla permit for one of the most sought after tourism activity (Gorilla trekking) in Uganda is one of the most fascinating yet quick experiences you can enjoy in the Pearl. Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be done in either Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga national park and this can’t be done without you having a gorilla permit.

What is a gorilla permit?

A gorilla permit is a document issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority(UWA) which allows you to see a habituated gorilla family on you Uganda gorilla trekking safari.

Booking your gorilla permit

The gorilla permit issued allows you trek gorillas in any of the four sections of Bwindi impenetrable national park. These include Buhoma in the north, Ruhija in the East, then Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south. For Mgahinga gorilla national park there is only one gorilla group(the Nyakagezi group), so your permit allows you to trek them. Permits issued by UWA per day are 160 for gorilla trekking and 4 for the gorilla habituation experience.

Booking my gorilla permit; The best way to book a Uganda gorilla permit is to register through a tour operator/ company in Uganda. After identifying your travel dates, contact a tour operator so as to book your permit for you. What you  need is to present your full names, and passport details as required by Uganda Wildlife Authority. The details help us to determine your eligibility since trekking gorillas is for people ages 15 years and above. 

Your tour operator then checks availability with the UWA if permits are available on such dates you provided. If your dates are not available you will be required to alter your dates. This therefore requires you to book your gorilla permit as first as possible. The most suitable time frame is probably 6 months before your travel due to high demand for gorilla permits in Uganda. If dates are available your operator goes on ahead to book your gorilla permits either for Bwindi in Rushaga, Ruhija, Buhoma or Nkuringo sections or Mgahinga.  A full payment for the permit will be charged for your booking.

What about doing it myself; You can contact the Uganda headquarters via phone call or email. In most cases, they mostly take some time to respond so the fastest way is to use a tour operator.

How much does the permit cost?

Gorilla permits in Uganda cost $600 dollars for non-foreign residents ,$500 dollars for foreign East African residents and shs 250,000 for East Africa citizens. A gorilla habituation permit cost $1500 and allows you 4 hours with mountain gorillas. There is no such as discounted gorilla permits in Uganda as they were closed in November 2017.

It’s best to book your gorilla permit in the low seasons of April, May, October, November since permits tend to run out fast in the high seasons.

Booking your gorilla permit is easier done through a tour operator so contact Bowi Africa tours and travel today to book your gorilla permit and a gorilla trekking safari to Uganda or Rwanda as well.



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