Tips on Securing a Gorilla Permit in Rwanda & Uganda
Are you considering tracking the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda or Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Well if you are then it’s always important to know what you will need to pay for before you embank on this life changing journey. Apart from securing a gorilla permit, it is advisable to book a fully inclusive Uganda safari that includes all the features of an all inclusive tour package i.e accommodation, transportation, guide fee that you will need; and an official gorilla permit handled by each of the national parks to see the gorillas. Note that quotes for almost all Uganda safaris fully inclusive of all items mentioned above. Usually you have to book your safari early enough in order to obtain these several months in advance. If you are going with a tour company it will be arranged for you.
In Uganda it costs USD 500per day per person for a gorilla permit in high season. In low season a permit costs $350 to track gorillas during the months March – May and October – November. You can get the permits in Kampala (the capital of Uganda) at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters. It is possible to make an international booking for permits using email direct with UWA but they do not accept credit cards so it gets a bit complicated. See their web site for more details. To make it simple, you can just purchase your whole gorilla trekking tour through a specialized company, like Gorilla Expeditions Ltd.
In Rwanda you can get permits through the Rwanda Tourism Board offices (ORTPN) in Kigali or Ruhengeri (near the PNV). You can call (250) 576514 or 573396 or email at email@example.com. The permits cost USD 750 per person per day (from June 2012). Most people will get their permits through a tour operator that specializes in trekking. It is difficult to obtain a permit without booking a tour at the same time. When I went Gorilla tracking in Rwanda, permits were sold out for 4 months in advance, so book early especially if you plan to go between June – October. In the DRC its best to just arrange your permit (USD 400) and tour through a tour company of your choice.
For more information about gorilla permits and planning a gorilla safari, visit www.ugandaholidaysafaris.com, a guide dedicated to offering all the information you need to know about gorilla trekking in Africa.