How to book 2020 and 2021 Uganda gorilla tracking and trek permits for your tour in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park –
Quickstep illustration of how you can buy the Uganda gorilla permit for your trek for 2020 and 2021.
Gorilla tracking or trek permits can either be booked together with your tour package by a Uganda based tour operator, or directly with Uganda Wildlife Authority, or independent of a tour package but through a Uganda-based tour operator
In Uganda, Gorilla tracking is done in either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. However, because of the unreliability of the mountain gorillas of Mgahinga, most of the gorilla permits sold are for Bwindi.
Each Uganda gorilla permit costs US$700 while the gorilla habituation experience permit is USD1500 per person per visit.
On each particular day, up to about 120 persons can visit Bwindi gorillas, 8 persons per each gorilla family/ gorilla group.
Booking Uganda Gorilla Permits Directly Through UWA
To book your gorilla permit (from out of Uganda) you first have to contact UWA’s 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 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 2 working days and UWA will keep your tentative booking for at least 5 days as they await the transfer to go through. Please ensure that you instruct you bank to deduct the bank charges from you. Otherwise is the money sent is less, your permit may not be booked.
Booking Your Gorilla Permits Through a Tour and Travel Agent
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 operator. The tour operators will usually charge a fee of US$25-$50 per gorilla permit. Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris will not charge you for buying gorilla permits if you are getting other tour services (like transfers and tours) through them but if you only would like us to help you acquire the gorilla permit alone, a maximum of $35 applies on each gorilla permit we book.
The procedure is almost similar as above, except that the tour agencies tend to speed-up the process and most likely you will get you gorilla permit confirmation faster.