Gorilla Permit

What is a Gorilla Permit?

Gorilla Permit is a card or document issued by wildlife authorities to allow visitors into the park for gorilla trekking. In Uganda, a permit is issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and in Rwanda by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) while in Congo by the Virunga Park Authorities. A permit allow visitors access into the parks to visit mountain gorillas in their natural habitations. People starting from 15 years and above are the only ones with eligibility to acquire permits and see gorillas in the wild.  Mountain gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. They also inhabit the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Congo.

To secure a Permit, one has got to send us an inquiry first to confirm its availability with Uganda Wildlife Authority. Upon agreeing with us a gorilla trip package and makes a payment, then we go ahead to Secure Permit for that person if he is a single traveler or many permits in case its a group of individuals. To buy Permit through us, you can either pay Telegraphic Transfer to our bank account or pay by credit card using the link below.

A Permit in Uganda goes for USD 600. And you are at liberty to choose the sector of Bwindi where you want to trek gorillas. We do make permit booking for clients at no extra charges as longer as you have confirmed a safari with us.

Uganda Wildlife Authority Gorilla Permits

For Uganda’s case, permit is a card issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to qualify one to participate in mountain gorilla tracking  in Bwindi Impenetrable national Park or Mgahinga National Park. This permit enables a visitor to see gorillas for a one full hour even the exercise of trekking may take between 1 to 8 hours in the jungle. The Permit Booking Information is targeted at preparing you well for the gorilla adventure safari.

Without a permit, you cannot access the national parks for gorilla trekking. There are several companies that could help you secure a permit for any region in Bwindi forest or Mgahinga National Park. There are around 20 gorilla families in Bwindi forest where each group is visited by 8 tourists per  day. When you buy a permit, you are supporting the conservation efforts and the survival of Mountain gorillas in Uganda. Some of the proceeds from gorilla tourism go to the conservation campaign and also support communities that live near the parks. The Uganda permits are of two trekking categories. Ordinary Gorilla trekking and Gorilla Habituation Experience. A permit for gorilla trekking is at USD 600 whereas that for gorilla habituation experience is sold for USD 1500.

How Much is a gorilla permit in Rwanda? 
 A Rwanda permit for visiting gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park is at USD 1500. A permit in Rwanda used to cost USD 750 until 2017 when it was doubled to USD 1500.

Who Sells Gorilla Permits?

You must have a permit for a given date to be able to track mountain gorillas in Uganda. Uganda wildlife authority is a body that issues permits for visiting Uganda gorillas. And you need to book one way ahead of time since they are highly demanded. UWA has gorilla permits available each day for Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.  Permits for the Peak seasons that run from June to September and December to February are the most competitive ones.

How to buy a gorilla permit early before the trip?

To buy a permit, you need an experienced to operator like Speedway Safaris to manage and organize your Uganda tour full including your gorilla safari adventure. Entrust us with the role of booking, securing and buying a permit for you. The total safari price always includes a gorilla permit but to some tour operators, it may be handled separately. Some visitors pay for permits once in Uganda but it is always not advisable that way due to many complexities involved. Most Uganda tour companies know how to maneuver in getting gorilla permits instantly in a straight way. That’s why using their service experience is the best option so that you enjoy your trip with no hustling. A gorilla permit booking is just the primary stage of your Uganda tour, organizing accommodation and transport are other vital phases towards an enjoyable gorilla tour. All our safaris and tours, we cater for full travel plans.

What do you wear on gorilla trek?
Gorilla trekking packing list outlines some of the most essential tracking gears to carry
  • Long safari style trousers.
  • Long safari style shirts or t-shirts.
  • A rain jacket or waterproof jacket.
  • Hair bandana or hat.
  • Waterproof, hiking shoes with grip.
  • Waterproof backpack.
  • Mosquito repellent.