Gorilla Tracking

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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.


DAY 1.

Begin with a scenic ride through trading centers, villages, swamps and forests to Kibale Forest (5-hour journey). After lunch, embark on Chimpanzee tracking.

DAY 2.

After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (3 hours). Lunch break and then later an evening game-drive for a chance to catch glimpse of the some of the amazing wildlife species.

DAY 3.

Early morning game-drive to explore the diversity of Uganda's second largest National Park as the sun rises. Lunch break. Afternoon boat-ride on the famous Kazinga channel.

DAY 4.

This early morning, take breakfast and drive to Kyambura Gorge for an opportunity to track Chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Packed Lunch and then transfer to Bwindi Forest via the Ishasha section of Queen Elizabeth National Park (5 hours).

DAY 5.

Sacrifice morning sleep to attend briefing by the Ranger guide; don't forget your packed lunch, water and a walking stick! Follow the Ranger guide into the forest sanctuary to trek the Gorillas.

DAY 6.

Today, enjoy last moments in the Land of the Mountain Gorillas before transferring to Lake Mburo National Park (6 hours). Take an afternoon boat cruise on the lake and an evening game-drive.

DAY 7.

Morning guided safari walk, breakfast and en-route game-drive as you exit the park. Stop for lunch on the way back to Kampala.


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