Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda
Planning your Mountain Gorilla Tracking Safari in Uganda can be quite a task, there are many things involved that lead to the experience of a lifetime, to spend an hour near these endangered Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. There is nothing like watching a Silverback Gorilla who in turn is watching over his group. A mother Gorilla taking care of her new baby. It is well worth the trip to Africa.
Confused as to how to go about going Gorilla Tracking in Uganda? Here you find practical answers to how to go about putting together a Gorilla Safari in Uganda. Here you will find everything that you need to know in order to plan a successful Mountain Gorilla Safari Tour in Uganda. If you have any question, feel free to write with your questions regarding Mountain Gorilla Tracking (Trekking) or any other African Safari tour in Uganda question.
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Best time to go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Gorilla tracking can be done the whole year through and is evenly as good. There is no higher or lower success rate in the different seasons (95% guaranteed to see them).
In rainy season the tracks in the rain forest might be a bit muddier and your tracking might be a bit longer/ tougher because of that. However; it's a RAIN forest, so difference is not all that big compared to dry season.
In rainy season you are more likely to track in smaller groups.
When you are flexible we advise you to book your tracking in November. One big reason is the discount of $250 us dollar per gorilla permit, but there are more reasons:
November should be the short rainy season, but it has not been like this in the last 5 years. The last years it has been among the most beautiful months to travel in (after rain season and very green).
It's hard to predict nowadays when the rainy season will be. Climate changes are making it hard to plan. Normally the long rainy season should be in March, April and beginning of May and short rainy season in November. However, the last 5 years the short rainy season has been in early December.
You might as well choose to track the gorillas in the month of November 2015 out of budget reasons. The Uganda wildlife Authority is giving a $250 us dollar discount per gorilla permit in this month.
Gorilla Trekking Permits
For this once in a lifetime gorilla trekking experience, Gorillas Homeland Safaris will need to buy your gorilla trekking permit in advance. Only 8 people per group are allowed to trek each day. It is therefore necessary to book permits as early as possible. We strongly advise you book at least 3 months in advance to ensure that you can track on the requested date, especially if you plan to trek during the peak season (school holidays) or if you are in a large group
Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda
Uganda gorilla trekking permits cost USD $600 per person in high season. Prices may increase in 2016. Uganda gorilla trekking permits are issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and always must be paid for full in advance.
Gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda
The costs of Rwanda gorilla trekking permits is currently USD $750. They include park entry fees and must be paid for full in advance. Rwanda gorilla trekking permits are issued by the Rwanda Development Board and will be purchased on your behalf by Gorillas Homeland Safaris.
Sale conditions of the gorilla permit
- Any visitor who shows signs of a communicable illness (such as a cold or flu) will not be allowed to join the gorilla tour.
- If a visitor is declared unfit to trek due to illness, 50% of the gorilla tracking fee will be refunded, subject to the discretion of the UWA warden-in-charge. The cancellation policy will apply to visitors who fall sick prior to their travel to the parks.
- Permits are non-refundable. However, visitors who track the Mountains Gorillas for the whole day and are (in the highly unlucky 2% of visitors who don’t see them), for whatever reason, will be refunded 50% of the gorilla trekking fee.
- Purchasing a gorilla permit is not a guarantee that Mountains Gorillas will be (clearly) seen.
- The minimum age limit for visiting the gorillas is 15 years old.