How to book a gorilla tracking safari to Uganda – A Gorilla safari to Uganda allows you to trek spend one hour with the Mountain Gorillas and it can only be obtained through a registered Tour Company like Great Adventure Safaris in either Uganda or Rwanda, or through Uganda Wildlife Authority for the case of Uganda and Rwanda Development Board for the case of Rwanda.
The faster thing to consider when you are booking a Gorilla safari to Uganda is to obtain a Gorilla trekking Permit. Another advantage of booking with a safari company is that they have knowledge of the various Gorilla families as well as clear knowledge of the community around and the different places of accommodation, of which they can do the accommodation booking for you.
They can also give great travel recommendations in case you want to extend your Gorilla safari with other wildlife safaris. Therefore you can contact us at Great Adventure Safaris to help you on how to book a Gorilla tracking safari to Uganda.
But if you want to book your Gorilla trekking permit directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority, especially for tourists who are out of Uganda, then you will have to E-mail the Uganda Revenue Authority’s reservation office inquiring about the availability of dates you would like to track or trek the Gorillas and if they are not available then it’s better you ask them to update you about the nearest dates.
Gorilla safaris in Uganda are done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, but however due to only 1 habituated Mountain Gorilla family in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, most of the Gorilla safaris in Uganda are done in Bwindi Forest national Park. This means that most of the Gorilla trekking permits that are sold are for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, but during your booking of a Gorilla safari in Uganda, you can still specify which National Park you would like to visit, in either of the two.
Before you go for your Gorilla safari to Uganda you will be guided on which Gorilla region to trek the Mountain Gorilla depending on your fitness level especially for the case of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park since it has about 18 habituated Gorilla families and it’s as well divided into four regions such as Buhoma region in the North, Rujiha region in the East, Rushaga and Nkuringo region in the South and in each region, there are different habituated Gorilla families ready for the visitors every day.
You are advised to book for a Gorilla safari three months in advance, or six months in advance and depending on your time of travel you can as well book a last minute Gorilla safari through us at Great Adventure Safaris. Gorilla Safaris to Uganda can also be also be booked up to two years in advance, which mainly favours tourists to go for Gorilla Trekking during the Peak season or High season, in the drier months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. Therefore the earlier you book; the quicker you get a chance for Gorilla trekking in your specific time since the Gorilla permits tend to sell out fast during this Peak season.
A Uganda Gorilla trekking permit is at USD700 for foreigners that do not stay particularly in Uganda and in any of the countries in the East African Community, USD700 for foreigners that stay in the partner states of the East African Community, and then UGX250,000 for the natives that stay in the East African Community. In Rwanda, a Gorilla trekking permit is at USD1500 and all these prices are per person per trek respectively.
You should note that you cannot be able to go for Gorilla Trekking unless you have a Gorilla trekking Permit. Therefore in order to book your Gorilla trekking permit, you will have to provide your name, nationality, passport number and date of birth. And for this case, you should note that Gorilla trekking permits cannot be handled to the possession of another person so you will have to show your passport and identification documents at the pre-trekking briefing.
You will also have to provide your payments as well as the dates when you would like to go for Gorilla trekking and if the dates that you have suggested are already booked, then you will have to ask whosoever is organizing your permit for the nearest dates that can act as other options for you to go for the Gorilla trek.
Finally, you will then receive a scanned copy of your Gorilla trekking permit within a few days or weeks, and when you arrive into the country, we will be able to provide it for you or if you are travelling independently, you will have to collect it from the Uganda Wildlife Authority office. Your permit will have a unique serial number as well as your personal details written on it.