For all travelers planning a trip to East Africa for a gorilla trekking safari, the first step is to secure a gorilla permit that allows you to trek mountain gorillas, gorilla permits must be booked in advance due to the high demand for gorilla permits in both Uganda and Rwanda. What is a gorilla permit? It is a special pass that tourists/travelers must have to present in order to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
Kisoro tours Uganda will make your reservations after we have received a 30% deposit of the total cost of the tour and the full payment for the gorilla trekking permit and chimpanzee permit for each person participating in this tour. The remaining balance of the tour is normally paid 3 weeks before starting date of your tour.
In both Rwanda and Uganda, gorilla permits are issued by Government bodies responsible for tourism and conservation. For example, in Uganda, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is responsible for issuing all gorilla permits while in Rwanda, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) does the same.
Kisoro tours Uganda ltd advises all travelers to first check and confirm gorilla permit availability before confirming their gorilla tour with any Travel Agency also keep in mind that it is recommended to book your gorilla permits at least 6 months in advance before the actual gorilla trekking date.
In both Uganda and Rwanda gorilla safari bookings depend on many circumstances, in this article we bring to you all the information you need to know about the gorilla permits cancellation policy before you confirm and pay for your gorilla trekking tour it’s always good to read and understand the cancellation policies of the company you are booking with to avoid disappointments at the last minute. Below are some of the cancellation policies mostly when refunding gorilla permits in Uganda and Rwanda.
Other information you may need to know about the gorilla permit cancellation policy, Kisoro tours Uganda will provide you with useful gorilla permit booking information you need to ensure your once-in-a-lifetime experience of gorilla safari in Uganda or in Rwanda.
Gorilla permit availability will depend on which country you intend to trek gorillas from and also each country has a different number of habituated gorilla families. Each gorilla family is visited by 8 people per day. Uganda has 20 gorilla habituated families in both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Rwanda has 10 gorilla habituated families in Volcanoes National Park. Contact us we will be available on your behalf in either of the countries
As long as you are fit enough to walk/hike through Bwindi forest or in Volcanoes national park for about 2 to 5 hours, I must say that the chances of seeing mountain gorillas are 100% guaranteed. Tourists and all other travelers who trek gorillas and fail to reach them due to sickness or physical inabilities are taken back by the park ranger to the starting point and if you still have some energy you can be taken to a nearby gorilla group/family this is to say if there is any. If you have physical abilities please talk to your guide/diver a day before tracking so that he can try to request a gorilla family which is not far to suit your physical ability.
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