PLANNING GORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA

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Planning 2024/2025 Gorilla Trekking/tracking in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo

Planning  gorilla trekking/tracking in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo what to consider, how to plan your gorilla tracking program, transport to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mghinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and in DR Congo’s Virunga National Park, accommodation, how to book the gorilla permits and cost of the gorilla trekking tour

In Uganda Gorilla tracking can only be done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, in Rwanda Gorilla trekking can be done only in Volcanoes National Park, and in DR Congo it’s done in Virunga National Park. However, those are the only National Parks where you can find the few remaining mountain gorillas in the world

To trek gorillas you must have a pre-booked gorilla trekking permit in Uganda each costs $700 in Rwanda each costs $1500 per person and in DR Congo it costs $500. Since the gorilla national parks are located far away from the airport after you have arrived, you will need transport (a 4×4 car is advisable), especially in Uganda. The drive from Kampala/ Entebbe to Bwindi takes about 8-9 hours, this means that if you are tracking gorillas in Uganda you will need at least 3 days for the gorilla trek. One day traveling to the park, another day tracking mountain gorillas, and the third day driving back to Kampala or Entebbe.

In Planning 2024/2025 gorilla trekking, how to book your gorilla permit, you will need to either contact the relevant travel agency to book the gorilla permit Uganda Wildlife Authority for Uganda, RDB for Rwanda, and UNESCO for DR Congo or book your permits through a local tour Company like us. Please note that gorilla permits are only confirmed by paying for them in full, 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 intend to travel in high season like June, July August, October, and December, be aware that most days gorilla permits are sold out and you may not be able to get the permit for the days you wish to trek. There are however some gorilla permits cancellations. These permits are not at the Uganda Wildlife Authority but with local tour agents, so you can as well contact us for last-minute gorilla permit booking, we can assist our clients to get such permits when contacted.
However, booking in advance is always advisable because there are still plenty of spaces so you can confidently contact us now to book your space there.
If you arrange the gorilla permit on your own, please ensure that you pick it up from the booking office in Kampala before traveling to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mghinga Gorilla National Park you must present your gorilla permit and passport on the gorilla tracking day to be allowed on the gorilla trek, in case your permit is booked through a tour agent and you are taking the tour with them you may not necessarily need to think about getting the permit from them but if you are not taking the full gorilla tour with them, consider getting your permit before traveling to Bwindi forest or Mghinga
Planning your Transport to the Gorilla Trek in Rwanda, Uganda, and DR Congo:

Planning Gorilla Trekking for 2024/2025: you will require a 4×4 vehicle to go to the gorilla in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mghinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and DR Congo’s Virunga National Park. You need a 4×4 vehicle to navigate the rough pot-holed roads which often get tourists stuck for hours during rainy seasons. You may be able to hire a vehicle for US$150 to $200 per day including vehicle, fuel, guide/driver, and allowances costs for the guide/driver.
Alternatively, you may take public buses to a nearby town but you will have to find a cab (preferably 4×4 which will cost you $100 a day without gas fuel) to ferry you to the Park and the hotel.
You have to report to the park for the registration office at 7:30 am, So whatever method you choose, make sure that it is reliable, if you don’t turn up at the appointed time you risk invalidating your gorilla trekking permit and having to pay again.
The gorilla trekking time is very unpredictable and you may as well take from 2-6 hours. So have your accommodation booked for the night after your trek as well. For this same reason also have with you a packed lunch for the day, plenty of drinking water, and rainproof clothing (you are trekking through a rain forest and any time it can rain).
Planning your 2024/2025 accommodation during your Gorilla Trek tour
In Uganda, the accommodation you choose will depend on the gorilla permit you book being that the available 20 gorilla families that tourists visit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mghinga Gorilla National Park range over a wide area. Please contact us for more details about which accommodation you will need to book for each different gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Hiring Porters and Walking Sticks for the Gorilla Trek
There are porters for hire (at $15 each) at the park offices and a walking stick is free. Do not overestimate your strength; you may certainly need either or both of these. So consider hiring one. It’s another way of giving back to the communities.

Can I book a gorilla permit without booking a tour?
Yes, Kisoro Tours Uganda offers the service to book a gorilla permit for you, even if you don’t book a tour with us, We charge a handling fee of $100 per person to arrange this for you
We will make sure all the paperwork is done and the permit(s) are at our office to be collected by you easily or sent it to you at the hotel you will be staying at

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