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Uganda Gorilla Permits, All You Need To Know

Uganda gorilla permits are very essential and key to a successful gorilla safari. Gorilla trekking is one of the trending Uganda safaris and is almost the best adventure trip in Africa. The enchanting to watch Mountain Gorillas are located in the Virunga Conservation area an area covering Uganda(Mgahinga Gorilla park), Rwanda(Volcanoes National park) and Dr Congo(Virunga National park). The remaining half and biggest population of these gorillas is located in Bwindi Impenetrable national park in Uganda.

Uganda Gorilla Permits, Why Do I need them?

If you have ever carried out gorilla tracking in Uganda or wish to carry out one then you should be knowing that there is a price tag attached to it. All our gorilla safaris in Uganda are inclusive of Gorilla Trekking permits, these are the same permits you present at the respective national parks and you are granted access to experience the gorilla tracking Uganda experience. We help our clients to find availability and book Uganda Gorilla permits on their behalf for both Rwanda and Uganda.[/cz_title]

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[/cz_title][cz_gap height=”15px”][cz_title id=”cz_65172″]A gorilla permit is a document or card issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) that allows any traveler (above 15 years of age) to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national Park and Mgahinga National Park (Uganda). Uganda Gorilla Permits allow you to view gorillas for only one hour but the gorilla trekking itself can take a minimum of 30 minutes or up to nine hours while looking for gorillas in the forest.

Our Gorilla Permit Booking Information is aimed at providing you details to prepare well for your gorilla safari. On average, every day UWA issues 80 gorilla to Bwindi Impenetrable National park and 8 Uganda gorilla permits for Mgahinga National park, where there is only 1 gorilla family.[/cz_title][cz_gap height=”10px”]

Therefore, in order to do Gorilla trekking in Uganda, you are required to book a gorilla permit as early enough as possible. Uganda Gorilla Permits Booking can be done months before the trekking day to ensure that you get your slot and a gorilla group to be visited. Contact Visit and Tour Rwanda to book for you the gorilla permits on your behalf. Upon payment of a deposit for the gorilla permit with us, We normally email you a scanned copy of your gorilla permit as an assurance that you will particiape in the gorilla trekking experience.

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Uganda Gorilla Permit (Face Card)
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What to Expect on a Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

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Uganda Gorilla Permits Prices & Cost

Find out the basic info about the cost of the Gorilla Permits


Uganda Gorilla Permits cost USD $600 per person for gorilla trekking safaris and USD1500.00 for gorilla habituation experience. The permtis cost USD500.00 for foreign residents with working permits and Uganda Shillings 250,000 for East African (Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi) Citizens. A single gorilla permit can only be used once (single day), by a single person and to trek Uganda gorillas in only two destinations, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National. Uganda gorilla permits are issued by UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) on a first-come-first-serve basis. You can pay for you gorilla permit through us, or directly via the Uganda Wildlife Authority Web Portal.

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Are Uganda Gorilla Permits Reusable?

Find the answer here!


Uganda gorilla permits can be used only once and for one day. For gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, it is better to know the gorilla permit you will be holding to determine the Region in which you will trek gorillas and the accommodation options you can book for. 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. Bwindi gorilla trekking regions include:

  1. Buhoma sector in the North,
  2. Ruhija sector in the East,
  3. Rushaga sector and
  4. Nkuringo sector in the South.

Each region has its own gorilla groups or families and for those interested in trekking given region should let Visit and Tour Rwanda know so that we plan 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.

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Uganda Gorilla Permits Validity

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A gorilla permit for Uganda gorilla trekking is valid for an hour after which it is expired. The one hour does not include the time spend in forest searching for the gorillas but is counted from the time trekkers meet the gorillas. Enjoy the trekking experience with us. Book any of our Uganda gorilla safaris for affordable packages.

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What You Should Provide To Obtain Uganda Gorilla Permits?

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  1. The date(s) you would like to track the gorillas. Suggest a few dates in case your first choice of date is already booked up. Ideally, scan and email a copy of your passport to whoever is organising your permits.
  2. Your name, nationality and passport number. Gorilla tracking permits are non-transferable. (Note that you will need to show your passport or some other form of identification at the pre-tracking briefing).
  3. Payment. The best way to pay is by bank wire transfer. Remember to instruct your bank to deduct any transaction charges from your account.
  4. If you are buying gorilla tracking permits directly from UWA or RDB, you will need to send them the bank payment confirmation email.
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