Ready, Set, Go Gorilla safariYour guide to your gorilla safari planning. From Planning a perfect gorilla trek in Uganda, Rwanda & Congo, what to consider – planning your program, transport to the gorilla parks, accommodation, how to book the gorilla permits, cost of the gorilla tour, booking gorilla permits.
Planning your Gorilla Trek or Habituation Experience SafariHere’s a simple guideline to planning your gorilla safari whether you’re a first timer gorilla trekker or a seasoned African traveller – some tips on where, when and how to get “gorilla’d” out!
What to Consider & know for your Gorilla Safari tripGorilla permits in Uganda and Rwanda are strictly limited to 8 persons per habituated Gorilla group per day. Each Gorilla permit allows one hour’s worth of interaction with the gorillas. These Gorilla permits are purchased in advance from either the Uganda Wildlife Authority or the Rwanda Tourism Board and are released to us on a quota basis up to 2 years in advance. There’s enough demand to ensure that every permit is pre-sold so you need to book the Gorilla permits for your Gorilla safari very early in advance.
Your Gorilla Trek tour accomodation
We will book your gorilla safari acoomodation if you want us to in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. The accommodation will depend on the gorilla permit you book being that the available gorilla families that tourists visit range over a wide area.
Gorilla tracking transport
We will give you a 4×4 vehicle to go to for your gorilla safari. Your 4×4 vehicle will navigate the rough pot-holed roads which often get tourists stuck for hours during rainy seasons. Your guide will transport you to the gorilla trek trail start and back to your safari hotel. Your guide will make sure that you report to the park registration office at 7:30AM to avoid the risk of invalidating your gorilla tracking permit and having to pay for the gorilla permit again.
Gorilla tracking time
The gorilla tracking time is very unpredictable and you may as well take the entire day tracking the gorillas. So be prepared for the gorilla tracking day well. For this same reason, you will also have with you a packed lunch for the day, plenty of drinking water and carry your rain coats as you will be trekking through a rainforest and any day it can rain.
Gorilla Tracking Destinations
Uganda is well known for its gorilla trekking destinations of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, both parks are in the south-western Uganda and it about 400 km from Kampala Capital City of Uganda, Rwanda gorilla tracking is done in Volcanoes national park and for Congo you will visit Virunga mountains to track gorillas.
Hiring Porters and Walking Sticks
There are porters for hire (at $15 each) and walking sticks (at $5). Do not overestimate your strength; you may certainly need either or both of these. So put it in high consideration to hire one. Besides, it’s another way of giving back to the communities.
Booking a Gorilla Permit
You will book the gorilla permit for the desired country you want to do gorilla tracking. Please note that gorilla permits are only confirmed by paying for them in full. So, you will need to send money for the permits in full to get your confirmation and ensure that you take care of the bank charges involved to avoid disappointment. If you are hoping to travel in the busy seasons of December to March or June to September, be aware that permits for many dates could sell out 4 months to the tracking and you may not be able to get the gorilla permit for the days period you wish to travel.
You must present your gorilla permit and passport on the gorilla tracking day to be allowed on the gorilla trek.
If you arrange the gorilla permit on your own, please ensure that you pick it from the booking office.
Gorilla Permit Costs/Fees
Uganda Gorilla Permit Costs/Fees : USD $600
Rwanda Gorilla Permit Costs/Fees : USD $1500
Congo Gorilla Permit Costs/Fees : USD $450
Book your Gorilla Safari with GoExplore Safaris
Please contact us with date/month and year when you want to trek gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, we will check availability of gorilla permits and inform you. We will send you and invoice and once you have transferred you funds on to our account, we will pre purchase your gorilla permits and send you scanned copies. To help us do this, you need to send us your passport details which are needed by the Authorities in order to print and issue your gorilla permits.Contact us Now ›