What is the cost of a gorilla permit in Uganda?
Uganda is a land locked country located in the Eastern part of Africa (East Africa). The country is endowed with spectacular natural attractions which have made her known as the Pearl of Africa. These myriads of magnificent tourists’ attractions set the country apart from the rest of the African safari destinations and for this reason, the country receives thousands of tourists from all over the world who come to explore the unmatched beauty herein. The prime tourist attraction in the country is the mountain gorilla and Uganda is lucky to be the dwelling place to the largest population of these endangered primate species worldwide, consequently becoming the most popular destination for Eco tourists who intend to have a close encounter with these fascinating primates in their natural habitat.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in south western Uganda are the only two natural habitats for gorilla tracking in the country. Gorilla tracking trips not only provide visitors with an up-close with these gentle giants, but also help to contribute towards the conservation of mountain gorillas. For anyone to track the mountain gorillas, they must acquire and present a gorilla tracking permit to the Uganda Wildlife Authority officials at the park headquarters. The gorilla tracking permit can be booked through a trusted tour company/safari company or directly from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (U.W.A)-the government agency mandated to protect and conserve tourism and wildlife resources in the country.
What is a gorilla permit?
A gorilla permit is a document that authorizes any visitor of 15 years and above to track mountain gorillas. Once acquired, the gorilla tracking permit allows up to an hour in the presence of a family of mountain gorillas from the time of locating these gentle giants.
What is the cost of a gorilla permit?
A gorilla tracking permit in Uganda goes for 700 USD for foreign non-residents, 600 USD for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX for Ugandans and East African citizens. The cost applies to both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park- the only two habitats where mountain gorillas can be seen.
How to book a gorilla tracking permit in Uganda.
Boking a gorilla permit in Uganda should be the least of your worries. You can choose to contact a reputable tour operator who will arrange your gorilla tracking experience or book directly with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (U.W.A)-the government agency mandated to protect and conserve tourism and wildlife resources in the country. However, the most convenient way is to contact your trusted Ugandan tour operator. Important to note is that the gorilla tracking permit should be booked at least six months before the intended tracking date to guarantee availability since the permits are usually on high demand and fixed supply especially during the peak season.
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