Gorilla Trekking Permits Uganda, Rwanda, Congo

A Gorilla trekking permit is an authorization document issued to tourists by governing bodies to trek gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda & Congo. The gorilla permit identifies that one qualifies to track gorillas in their natural habitat.  Uganda wildlife Authority issues Uganda gorilla permits of Bwindi impenetrable National Park & Mgahinga, Rwanda Development Board issues Rwanda gorilla permits of Volcanoes National Park  in  and Virunga tourism office issue Congo Gorilla Permits.

Gorilla trekking permits

All  gorilla trekking permits can be booked directly by any individually, yet its highly recommended you book/purchase through a reliable licensed Tour Operator Company. Securing gorilla permit requires early booking prior  to the actual date for trekking Gorillas.

How Much is the cost of Gorilla permit in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo?

Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500, Uganda Gorilla permits cost $800 and Congo gorilla permits  are at $400. Each purchased Gorilla trekking permit per person per day qualifies for one(1) Gorilla family including spending 1 full hour with them.

Genuine Requirement to Purchase A Gorilla Permit in Uganda Rwanda & Congo

All East African Residents, African residents and Non African residents must  provide their Passports or East African ID cards so as to acquire/purchase a gorilla trekking permit.

Both Passports & East African IDs  helps the governing boards of Uganda Wildlife  Authority, Rwanda Development Board  to determine the age limit (at least 15 years, below which are not allowed to track Gorillas) for which an individual is allowed to trek Gorillas in the respective Gorilla destinations of Volcanoes National Park, Virunga National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park, and Kahuzi Biega National Park.

Besides age limits, the issued passports  & IDs  helps keep record of which countries have visited, as well as countries that have often visited  the Country (Uganda, Rwanda, Congo), so to make more effort to promote and Market the tourism industry in order to bring more tourists into the country.

Nonetheless,  reliable tour Operators also ask for the passport details to help them book the gorilla permits, as well as run a smooth reservation, so that authorities can be able to keep track  the Nationalities, Age limit, and countries of Origin, not forgetting assigning porters incase an old tourist  wants to trek Gorillas but  need an extra effort.

How to buy Gorilla Trekking permits

Gorilla trekking permits can be purchased through a reliable  & licensed Tour Operator company or directly from the Uganda Wildlife Authority in Uganda, Rwanda development Board in Rwanda.

The importance of booking the Gorilla trekking permit through a registered tour company is because they have an extensive knowledge of the local accommodations facilities that best suits your range as  well as gorilla families. They can also tailor your safari itinerary , including route plans to the destinations of your choice.

With a valid passport or  resident ID requirements, buy /purchase a gorilla trekking at least 6 months prior to the actual date of tracking Gorillas, for high season or for large groups. This is because the peak season coincides with Europe & North America’s summer holidays, a perfect season for all wildlife & gorilla trekking expeditions.

Early booking offers wide opportunities of finding available dates, gorilla families as well as best sectors ( in case of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park : Nkuringo, Ruhija, Buhoma, Rushaga).

Late booking is best for low season, because of the low turn up of gorilla trekking Enthusiasts into the country. Therefore gorilla trekking permits availability is unpredictable

What do I need(Documents) to book a gorilla permit?

Booking a gorilla trekking or gorilla habituation Permit requires the actual  gorilla trekking/habituation dates, a copy of a scanned passport details,  passport number, and a deposit payment which can be made by wire  transfer from your account to your trusted tour operator organizing your trip.

Note that: Not all tour operators allow credit card payments, but for those who do so, have charges attached, within range from 3% to 9%. There after a few days/weeks, scanned copies of your gorilla trekking permits will be sent to you. You will be given original copies of your gorilla trekking/habituation permits upon arrival.

Besides Gorilla trekking, Visit  Uganda, Rwanda, Congo to discover other thrilling activities; Golden monkey tracking, chimpanzee tracking, wildlife viewing Safaris, climbing/Hiking Adventure, birding among others…