Booking a Gorilla Permit in Africa
Gorilla permit is a ticket that you purchase and it enables you to go and see the gorillas in their habitats. Every tourist needs a gorilla permit in africa to get a guided walk into these tropical rain forest where you see these ultimate gorillas.
Although the gorillas can be see many in the Virunga massive, the biggest number of mountain gorillas is in Uganda, in Bwindi gorilla national parks and Mgahinga gorilla national parks, as Uganda is a home to over 51% of the world’s gorilla population. Others can be seen in Rwanda, Congo and Namibia.
One is required to book a gorilla permit in advance before you travel because in some seasons, gorilla permits can be scarce.
A gorilla permit is a document or card issued by ORTPN, Rwanda Development Board in Rwanda or Uganda Wildlife Authority in Uganda that allows any traveler 15 years and above of age to trek mountain gorillas in any of the three habitats – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park (Uganda) and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
Below are some of the questions and answers the we thing will help you.
- What is a gorilla permit?
- When is the best time to see the gorillas?
- How much is a gorilla permit?
- How many gorillas are in Africa?
- Where can I see gorillas in Africa?
- How can I buy a gorilla permit?
- What is included on a gorilla permit fee?
- How long is gorilla trekking?
What is a gorilla permit?
A gorilla permit is an official entry ticket, that a traveler purchases and allows them to have a secure and guided walk through the tropical rain forest, to see and witness the gorillas in their habitats. The walk takes you about 2-8 hours, depending on their location in the forest. A gorilla permit works once, and this allows you to see the gorillas one on one for 1 hour.
When is the best time to see the gorillas?
You can see the gorillas anytime of the year, but when buying the gorilla permits, you need to buy them in time, most especially in the months of June, July, August, September, November, where many tourists come to Africa and for this, there is always scarcity of the gorilla permits.
How much is a gorilla permit.
A gorilla permit cots only $700 for foreigners in and this enables you to see the gorillas in Uganda, for the whole hour and $1500 for a gorilla habituation. Gorilla habituation takes you for the 6 hours and above. While in Rwanda, Tourist Permit Fee ; Foreigner, $ 1500, – ; Foreign resident in Rwanda, $ 500, $500 ; Rwandan citizen, $ 200, $200 ; East African citizen, $ 200, $200.
How many Gorillas are in Africa?
Africa is indeed a home for the wonderful things that make tourists happy and excited. More than 100,000 western lowland gorillas live in the lush rainforests of west and central Africa. Classed as critically endangered, fewer groups are habituated for tracking because of their inaccessible homelands. Choosing the best gorilla safari for you depends on your budget and your sense of adventure. Most of these gorillas are found in East Arica, however mostly only the Mountain gorillas, found in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo. In this figure, Uganda hosts over 51% of the mountain gorillas.
Where can I see gorillas in Africa?
You can see the gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo. Uganda’s gorillas are in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, with over 22 gorilla families, and each family has between 4-19 family members.
How can I buy a gorilla permit?
You can purchase a gorilla trekking permit with directly by contacting Uganda Wildlife Authority or Rwanda Wildlife Board on the websites. However, you can buy a gorilla permit through the tour operators. However if you buy a gorilla permit from a tour operator, they may add $100 per permit, a service fee. But they can book a full package trip for you with not extra charge. Book a Trip Here.
What is included on a gorilla permit fee?
A gorilla trekking permit fee includes the park entrance, the government tax, a community revenue share, and the ranger guide fee. These rangers always go with you, offering you the security and guiding you as you take a walk through the forest, to see the gorillas.
How long is gorilla trekking?
Gorilla trekking takes from 1-8 hours and this includes walking to the gorillas, and one hour with the gorillas as you experience their habitats, witnessing their behaviors. This depends on the time the gorillas were last seen and where. This time includes right from the start of the trekking point, then watching the gorillas and returning back to the meeting point of the National Park. –Gorilla Trek takes 1 to 8 hours long.
How do I cancel my gorilla permit?
If you choose to cancel your gorilla trekking permit, a request to do so within eight (8) days to the tracking date shall attract no refunds from UWA.
If your requests for cancellation of a permit falls between nine (09) to forty-five (45) days to the tracking date, the booker will be entitled to 25% of the permit value.
A request to cancel a permit between forty-six (46) to ninety (90) days to the tracking date will give you back 50% of the permit value.
A client requesting cancellation of a permit ninety-one (91) days and more to the tracking date shall be entitled to 75% of the permit value.
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