Cost of a gorilla permit in Uganda and Congo, a single Uganda gorilla permit price is at $700 per person for foreign non-resident, $600 for foreign residents while East Africa resident’s gorilla permit cost 250,000 Uganda shillings.
Uganda Wildlife Authority a few years ago introduced a new mountain gorilla activity called gorilla habituation experience in the Rushaga area, the habituation permits cost $1500 per person which allows you to take part in the habitation process of the mountain gorilla family that is under habituation process in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park.
The gorilla habituation process involves gradually encouraging wild mountain gorillas to get used to the presence of humans or feel free in the presence of tourists that’s why habituation permits are more expensive than normal gorilla tracking permits, another reason is that with habituation tourists are allowed to send up 4 hours with the gorillas rather than just one hour of the normal gorilla tracking.
Currently Uganda has only 20 fully habituated gorilla families/groups open for tourism and only 8 people are allowed to trek each family daily which means there are only 160 gorilla permits available each day while there are only 3 gorilla families that are under habituation process and all the permits are sold on first come first serve bases so it is recommended to that you purchase your permit far in advance.
Uganda gorilla permits can be booked directly from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) at their hard offices in Kampala or book through a trusted tour company like us Kisoro tours Uganda, but it is highly recommended to book/purchase your gorilla permit through a local tour operator because they make it easier for you during communication by replying to your emails in time, call or email us for more details cost of a gorilla permit in Uganda and Congo
Cost of a gorilla permit in Congo
Talking about the cost of gorilla permits in Uganda and Congo, Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo has the cheapest gorilla tracking permits among all gorilla tracking destinations in Africa, currently, Congo gorilla permits cost $500 per person. Currently, Congo has only 8 habituated gorilla families living in Virunga National park, and only 8 people are allowed to visit/trek each gorilla family daily which means that Congo has only 48 gorilla permits available per day.
Congo gorilla permit can book directly from Virunga National park office in Goma town but it is advised to book through a tour operator like us to make it much easier for you. I also must mention that for the last few years there has been continuous park ranger killing in Virunga national park which has greatly affected the conservation of gorillas in this park so before you book your gorilla safari in Congo please contact me for advice and security situation int Virunga national park.
Another thing you need to know about the cost of gorilla permit in Uganda and Congo
In the whole world, Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park in Uganda is home to the highest population of mountain gorillas in Africa, gorilla tourism is one way in which these gorillas are protected, Uganda gets lots of the revenue from gorilla tracking safaris Every tourist/visitor have to purchase a permit which allows them to see mountain gorillas in its natural habitat, in this topic, we are going to give all information you need to know about the cost of a gorilla permit in Uganda and Congo
What you need to know about the gorilla permit?
For anyone to visit mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, you must first obtain a gorilla permit, one of the reasons why must buy a permit first is one of the ways of controlling the number of people visiting each gorilla family/group per day.
The money sold from the gorilla permits is used to protect these endangered primates, each gorilla permit is used once on the specific date you booked for and it allows you to view them for one hour but the length and time of the tracking depend on where the gorilla family you are tracking is on that day.
What you need to know about gorilla habituation experience permit?
Gorilla habituation permits for Bwindi impenetrable forest national park-Rushaga sector give the opportunity to different visitors/tourists to take part in the habitation process of a gorilla family that is still under habituation process in Bwindi forest. Gorilla habituation involves daily visiting and gradually encouraging wild gorilla family to get used to humans presence, gorilla habituation permit is are expensive than the normal tracking permit because with habituation visitors are allowed to spend up to four hours with the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park-Rushaga sector.
What does the gorilla permit include in Uganda and Congo?
Gorilla permits in both countries in Uganda, Congo, and Rwanda include park entrance fees, trekkers, and park ranger guide fees. But permit does not include accommodation, transport, driver/guides, meals, tips, etc.