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Gorilla Trekking Activity

The Highlight of your safari in Africa

A Gorilla Trek is a highlight of all visits done in Uganda and Rwanda and certainly mountain gorillas are the major reason as to why very many people visit these 2 destinations. We give you information about gorilla trekking holidays to see gorillas in the wild, how to acquire a gorilla permit, as well as how we arrange your gorilla trekking safari.

Gorilla Permit

Gorilla Permit, Accomodation and Gorilla permit costs

Within Uganda, Gorilla trekking is conducted in Bwindi National Park or in Mgahinga National Park. But because of the inconsistency of gorillas in Mgahinga, majority of the sold permits are for Bwindi NP. In Uganda, every gorilla permit goes for US $ 600 and US $ 1500 for Rwanda. In the past years, April, May and November gorilla permits in uganda used to cost US $ 450.Please note that these offers no longer exist. On a single day, only 8 people are allowed to see a gorilla family. We strongly encourage you to book your gorilla permit and gorilla safari with us, the most prominent mistake is to book a gorilla family which is far away from your choice of accommodation! The routes to Bwindi and its various regions are often tricky; this is a remote area. If you would like to do the gorilla trek on your own so as to save costs, you might end up incurring more. Our Safari guides have been trained to help you with this. Several travelers intending to trek gorillas have found this process tiring and they have opted to the quicker less tiring option of reserving their gorilla trekking permits through booking with us. GoExplore Safaris won’t charge you for purchasing a gorilla permit in case you book your gorilla safari with us however if you simply want only a gorilla permit from us then we will put an extra charge of up to US$75 per gorilla permit we book, since we need to make calls, pick the permit, deliver it to you and other administrative costs.


Gorilla Safari Booking Process

If the process below is completed followed by our client, we normally speed up the reservation and so able to confirm your gorilla permit faster.

  1. Inform us of the dates for your gorilla tour either to Uganda or rwanda and specify the date for trekking the gorillas
  2. We will inform you if your preferred dates are available for gorilla trekking and also temporarily book them.
  3. We will send you our bank details so that you can transfer the money for the gorilla permits or even pay by credit card.
  4. We will send you an acknowledgement email for the money transfer. Please remember to instruct your bank to deduct the bank charges for the transaction from your account.
  5. You will send a copy of your passport to us availing the details which will be used to register for your permit. Normally we need just your full names, nationality and the passport number
  6. Your names will be registered and then we acquire the gorilla permit. On receiving the payment we will buy the gorilla permit but then having this permit doesn’t 100% guarantee you seeing the gorillas although chances of seeing them are about 98%

Best Mountain Gorilla Treks

The first thing to appreciate is that visiting mountain gorillas on a group tour can be quite expensive (going solo is often even more so). These animals exist in extremely remote locations, in countries not known for their tourist infrastructure, which means the logistics of a gorillas visit are a challenge in themselves. Gorilla Tour groups must also pay gorilla permits for expert guides to lead them through Virunga, or Bwindi or Volcanoes National Park.

Like most game drives in Africa, the experience is completely worth it, and we’re yet to hear anyone come back from a gorilla visit underwhelmed, but it’s just something to keep in mind.

Uganda Gorilla Discovery

A compact 4-day gorilla itinerary from Kampala to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. If you’re passing through Uganda on your own, this would make a fantastic trek add-on to a larger itinerary.

Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

This is a 4-day shortbreak Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. This one comes with an optional ‘Gorillas in the Mist’’ trek to visit the grave of Dianne Fossey, as well as her old research station, deep in the jungle.

UPDATE ON GORILLA TREKKING IN RWANDA: Maximum 96 gorilla tracking permits are available each day. As of May 2017, the Rwandan Development Board increased the costs of the gorilla permits from US$ 750 to US$ 1,500 per person, for a one-hour visit. The new prices aim to strengthen conservation efforts and support the development of local communities.

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