Safari Vacation and Travel is your premier East African specialist in organizing gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda, Wildebeest migration in Tanzania, and wildlife safaris in Uganda, so we know that for any travelers to know where they are going for a vacation is key here is all you need to know before booking an Uganda fly-in Safari.
Uganda in a move to improve sustainable tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park the gorilla permit prices have been hiked from the original USD 600 to 700 for each permit that allows you to spend one hour with the endangered but incredible Apes in their natural habitat.
Gorilla habituation Experience permits cost
Gorilla habituation is a process of making gorillas used to humans and Uganda started a program of allowing tourists to join the activity with trekkers and spend 4 hours with the mountain gorillas at a fee of USD 1500 per person and only 4 permits are available every day.
Why trek gorillas in Uganda
Uganda has consistently improved facilities and the gorilla permits remain relatively cheap compared to the neighbors Rwanda, Uganda gorilla permits cost 700 USD and Rwanda gorilla permit costs USD 1500.
Uganda is home to the world’s half population of mountain gorillas at 450 individuals compared to the 65o in the Virunga massif.
Availability of Gorilla permits
Uganda is home to about 18 gorilla families making it have 144 gorilla permits available every day in the Five trekking areas of Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Older persons or people with disabilities
The introduction of sedan chairs has made it easy for people with disabilities to be carried to and from the gorillas.
Booking gorilla permits in advance
Safari vacation and travel services advise clients to book gorilla permits 6 months in advance during June- September, and December to February but last-minute inquiries can be made for other months.
The introduction of 1 hour to 2-hour flights to Kihihi airstrip and Kisoro airstrip by Aerolink Uganda has made access easy compared to the 10-11 hours drive.
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda which is a 4-5 hours’ drive from Kigali the main capital of Rwanda.
Age limit for trekking gorillas in Uganda
Due to the complex nature of gorilla trekking the recommended age limit is 15 and above to be able to acquire gorilla permits.