A Uganda Gorilla tracking Permit is a card issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) that allows you to trek mountain gorillas in their wild. They are two types of gorilla permits in Uganda; A gorilla trekking permit and a gorilla habituation permit but they all look the same and issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). The only difference is that gorilla trekking permit allows you to spend one hour whereas gorilla habituation you spend 4 hours with mountain gorillas.
Gorilla Trekking Permit
A gorilla trekking permit is a card issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority that allows spending only one hour with mountain gorillas in their natural environment and is applied in only two National Parks in Uganda which include Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Gorilla trekking is guaranteed when you acquire a permit but it depends which Gorilla National Park you’re going to trek from either Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park. A gorilla trekking permit cost $ 700 per person per trek and its valid for one day and one Park, meaning that you can’t trek twice nether in one Park or two unless you’re paid for on different dates.
Bwindi National Park has over 20 gorilla families which are habituated for gorilla trekking and they are allocated in four regions that is Buhoma region located in Northern Part of Bwindi with 4 gorilla families, Ruhija region Eastern Part of Bwindi with 3 gorilla families, Rushaga region located in south of Bwindi with 9 gorilla families and Nkuringo region located in south of Bwindi with 3 gorilla families. Bwindi National Park is located in the southwest of Uganda in Kabale district with about 8 hours drive from Kampala the capital of Uganda; you may also opt to fly from Entebbe airport to Kihihi airstrip.
Mgahinga Gorilla National has only one gorilla family called Nyakagezi which is habituated for gorilla trekking every day. Nyakagezi gorilla family is the only gorilla group found in Mgahinga National Park with about 13 members, the Park is located in the southwest of Uganda and its about 10 hours drive from Kampala city and 1.5hrs flight from Entebbe AirPort to Kisoro airstrip.
Gorilla Habituation Permit
A gorilla habituation Permit is a card issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority that allows spending with only 4 hours with Mountain gorillas in their natural home. Gorilla habituation takes place in only one National Park in Uganda and Africa at large. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the only place where gorilla habituation takes place and they are only two Gorilla habituation families specifically in the Rushaga region; that is Bikyingi and Bushaho gorilla family. A gorilla habituation Permit cost $ 1500 per person per trek and it allows you to spend 4 hours with this rare species in their environment
Best time to do Gorilla Trekking and Habituation in Uganda
This can be done all year round. However, the most time to do gorilla trekking and habituation is dry season and during this month of June, July, August, September, December, January, and February is the best time to do these activities. On the other hand, birding is well done in the rainy season when migratory birds fly from different parts of the world to breed in Uganda. We highly recommend to our estimated guest to book your gorilla permit either trekking or Habituation at least 5 months before the date of trekking in order to avoid disappointment.