Book 2016-2017 Gorilla Tracking Permits Tour Safari, Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National and Mghinga Gorilla National Park –how you can buy the gorilla permit for your trek this year and next year, In Uganda, Gorilla tracking is done in either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Each gorilla permit costs US$600 in Uganda and $450 for the months of Nov, April, and May
On each particular day, about 120 persons can visit Bwindi gorillas, 8 persons per each gorilla family.
Gorilla Permits for both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mghinga Gorilla National Park can only be purchased from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters in Kampala, either directly or through a tour agent/Company
To book your gorilla permit (from out of Uganda) you first have to contact the UWA reservation office by email inquiring about the availability of the dates you intend to track the gorillas. Note that you need to consider a full day of travel from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mghinga Gorilla National Park after you have landed in Kampala.
If the exact dates you want are unavailable, you can request UWA to let you know of the nearest dates. You then reply to them expressing your intent to book those permits, and requesting them to temporarily hold them as you make payment. At this time, they will advise you of their banking details, so that you can proceed to make an electronic transfer of the money. Please remember to immediately send a copy of the transaction voucher/ receipt by email or fax to UWA, The transfer should usually take not more than 3 days and UWA will keep your tentative booking for at least 7 days as they await the transfer to go through. Please ensure that you instruct your bank to deduct the bank charges from you. Otherwise is the money sent is less, your permit may not be booked.
Many intending gorilla trekkers have however found the above procedure tedious and have sought our quicker and less tedious ways of reserving their gorilla permits by working with local Uganda tour operators. The tour operators will usually charge a fee of US$50-$60 per gorilla permit. Kisoro Tours Uganda will not charge you for buying gorilla permits if you are getting other tour services (like Car hire, transfers, and tours) through us but if you only would like us to help you acquire the gorilla permit alone, a maximum of $40 on each gorilla permit we book for you.
The procedure is almost similar as above, except as you know that the tour agencies tend to do things very fast the and most likely you will get your gorilla permit confirmation faster.
How to Book 2016-2017 Gorilla Tracking Permits Tour Safari, however, Uganda tour operators through their umbrella association (AUTO) almost buy up to 80% of the available tracking permits at up to 2 years out from the intended month of tracking. Each member may purchase up to 25 permits in any month. A deposit of 30% (US$75) is payable on each permit booked with the balance needing to be paid 3 months (91 days) from the month of tracking by the first working day of the month Monday-Friday.
Individuals and non-members of AUTO can purchase a maximum of 1 to 2 permits each in the month 3 months prior to the intended month of trekking when the booking opens on the first working Monday-Friday of the month. Permits not sold on the day the booking opens will be
sold on the following day with no limits put on the number of permits purchased by an individual or tour operator.