Mountain Gorilla trekking Uganda and Rwanda will require any Visitor to hold a gorilla trekking permit issued by Uganda wildlife Authority [UWA], or Rwanda development Board [RDB]. Each gorilla family group have got a limited number of daily visitors allowed. If you want to visit the gorillas, you have to think of where you should go gorilla trekking Uganda or Rwanda? It is necessary to buy the Gorilla Permit based on your country of preference prior trekking time to avoid embarrassment. Adventures To Gorilla Africa is will do all the necessary arrangements to make your gorilla trekking dream a life time experience.
A Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda costs USD. 700 per person for non Resident visitors, $ 600 for Foreign residents and East African Residents pay UGX. 250,000 each. This applies to both low and peak season. Uganda remains a unique gorilla safari destination in the whole world, reason being that Uganda host more than a half of the worlds mountain gorilla population in the whole world in two national parks. Bwindi forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park offer best gorilla trekking experience as the main attraction. Bwindi Impenetrable forest is divided into 4 gorilla trekking zones such as Buhoma, Ruhija, NKuringo and Rushaga zone. Mgahinga gorilla national park which shares border with Volcanoes national park Rwanda and Virunga national park has only one Gorilla group called Nyakagezi. The group has two silverbacks and offers the best viewing experience.
However visitor who are interested to spend more time with gorillas in one day visit, we recommend a a Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi forest. This Gorilla Habituation experience tour allows Visitors to stay with gorillas for a maximum of 4 hours following the gorilla researcher and trackers. This program intends to let visitors learn the gorilla habituation process. In other words, you participate in training gorillas on how they get used to human presence. A gorilla habituation permit for this program is available at a cost of USD. 1500. for non resident visitors where as foreign resident pay $1,000 and locals pay ugx. 750,000. only in the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park Rushaga sector. In Rwanda, gorilla trekking happens in Volcanoes national park available and a gorilla permit costs USD.1500. Both countries Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo gorilla permits easily run out, so an advance booking is necessary. The gorilla permit include the entrance fees for the park on that specific day of trekking. If in the next day you need another activity, a n extra entry permit will be purchased. Contact us here to arrange a perfect trip for you. And even if there is no guarantee that you’ll actually see the whole group of gorillas in the open, it’s definitely worth it to see the members that may come in front of you!. Although it is stated that there is 95% to 99% guarantee to see mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest Uganda, the deficit percentage is due to your own ability to track. In case of any difficulty tracking, there is availability of porters and stretchers to be hired at little cost.
Gorilla trekking Rwanda Uganda Tips.
Preparation for your gorilla trekking:
- The safety of visitors has a highest priority. You do not have to worry about your personal safety as long as you are in hands of Adventures To Gorilla Africa guide.
- Uganda has a tropical climate, so you can expect both Sun and rain at any time.
- Because of the high altitude can be chilly, bring warm clothes.
- Wear long pants and a shirt with long sleeves.
- Sturdy walking shoes are essential, especially those you used before may be comfortable for you.
- Rain gear is not always a luxury, Carry a poncho or rain jacket with you.
- Take enough drinking water and lunch pack/ snack
- In the presence of the gorillas do not eat, drink or smoke.
- You can take as many pictures as you can, but no with flash.
- For a small fee, get to hire a porter to help you carrying your bag or backpack.
- The gorilla tracking takes place at high altitude, Which May cause problems for some people who are not used. Walk quietly at your own pace and do not forget to drink enough water.
Gorilla tracking rules:
- To avoid transfer of human pathogens to the gorillas and vice versa visitors should maintain distance at least 7 meters from the gorillas.
- If you have a cold, flu or other contagious disease, you should not visit the gorillas.
- The actual time of the visit is limited to 1 hour once you find the gorillas.
- Maximum of 8 visitors are allocated per group.
- Minimum age of person to track gorilla is 15 years.
- The park is absolutely forbidden spitting.
- If you cough, hold your hand to your mouth and turn away from the gorillas.
- Speak softly.
- Try not to make sudden movements.
- If a gorilla fails against you, fear not, stand still, look away from the gorilla and follow the instructions or guide the carefully.
- Do not leave rubbish behind.