Bwindi Gorilla Tracking

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Bwindi Gorilla Tracking.


One need to have a gorilla permit handled by each of the national parks to trek Eastern mountain gorillas. Usually you have to obtain a gorilla permit several months in advance. We always advise at least 5 months in advance or prior to your visit. While booking a gorilla tour, always pay your gorilla permit fee in advance to enable us acquire it for you. Gorilla trekking is guaranteed when you acquire a permit. Uganda and Rwanda gorilla permits are very competitive and scarce most especially during peak seasons of June, July, August, September, December and February. Sometimes gorilla tracking permits get sold out 4 months in advance so need to book your gorilla permits 3-4 month in advance. A gorilla permit is a document/card issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority in Uganda to enable you trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi.Impenetrable national Park, Mgahinga National Park (Uganda). A permit allows you to view gorillas for only one hour but the trekking itself can take a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 9 hours while looking for gorillas in the forest. In Uganda, a gorilla permit to trek gorillas in Bwindi National Park or Mgahinga National Park costs USD 600 per day per person for a gorilla permit. You can book your gorilla permits in Kampala (the capital of Uganda) at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters by paying USD600.00 for high season and USD450.00 per permit in Low season months of April, May and November but these months represent the wet season in Uganda so trekking usually becomes a little bit hard and slippery. If trekking gorilla in Uganda, one needs to mind about the gorilla permit you will be holding as it will determine the Region in which you will trek gorillas and the lodge/accommodation. Unlike other mountain gorilla National Parks, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has several sections and thus each section/region has its own gorilla families and accommodation properties.

These regions include Buhoma in the North, Ruhija in the East, Rushaga and Nkuring in the South. Each region has its own gorilla groups or families and for those interested in trekking given region should let us (Wamala Safaris Ltd) know so that we act accordingly while booking your gorilla permit. Please note that gorilla family allocation happens on the day of trekking where tourists are grouped depending on their physical abilities and interest. You will need to express your interest so that they allocate you a gorilla group that will help you achieve it. Please contact us with date/month and year when you want to trek gorillas in Uganda after having a word with your regulars, we will check availability of gorilla permits and inform you. We will send you an invoice and once you have transferred you funds on to our account, we will pre-purchase your permits and send you scanned copies. To help us do this, you need to send us the interested regular's passport details which are needed by Uganda Wildlife Authority in order to print and issue your gorilla permits.

Before departing on your gorilla tracking: A maximum number of 8 visitors may visit a group of habituated mountain gorillas in a day. This minimizes behavioral disturbance to the gorillas and the risk of their exposure to human-borne diseases.

Always wash your hands before you head out to the gorillas.

The quickest and best way to make an enquiry is to call us for a short discussion or an email.



An early morning start from Kampala takes you southwest and across the Equator. You drive through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curving horns. You then ascend into the Kigezi highlands, known as the "Switzerland of Africa", with terraced farming and mountain scenery.

Drive through to Bwindi (ten-hour drive).


After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular. The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity.


This morning, end your stay in the "Land of the Mountain Gorillas" and depart with great memories of the moments spent with the fascinating Mountain Gorillas. Transfer back to Kampala with lunch en-route.


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