Are you wondering how to book a gorilla trekking permit while in any European country, look no further the right steps are provided here below. Note that Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda are sold by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and in Rwanda gorilla permits are sold by Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
Identify the time you wish to do your gorilla trekking trip as gorilla permits are sold per day in limits of about 8 persons per trek per day.
Its very important to know the number of people travelling with so that gorilla trekking permits are secured according to the number of people. Its quite absurd to book gorilla permits in different areas yet you wish to stay together and make similar memories.
Upon sending your Inquiry to Info@archsafarisandtours.com, a tours consultant has to search availability of gorilla permits per your days of preference. In case there are still openings, he or she gets back to you as soon as possible. Even if there is no availability still the consultant has to get back to you with other optional days based on your advice.
Reserving a gorilla tracking permit calls for prepayment as first come first served basis is the order of the day. Provision for acquiring a gorilla permit calls for prior payment. Availability of gorilla permits changes per time based on who makes payment. Making payment as soon as possible saves you the chance of missing out on your gorilla trek.
Upon making payment, a receipt is provided which our tours consultant scans and send you a copy. The gorilla trekking card in Uganda is issued atleast a month prior to the date of gorilla tracking. In Rwanda gorilla trekking permit receipt is issued upon full payment for the permit.
Booking accommodation is the next step for gorilla trekking preparations as you are required to spend a night close to the area where your permit was booked in Uganda. Bwindi forest is vast but for great service delivery, it has been subdivided into areas that is to say Buhoma gorilla trekking area, Ruhija gorilla trekking area, Rushaga area and Nkuringo gorilla trekking area. Spending a night in one area and trek gorillas in another in Uganda is risky because of poor accessibility as roads are rough.
The weather also plays a role in the gorilla trekking area difference. The regular rains that falls keeps the roads quite slippery and any time a tree trunk may fall and block one area off. To avoid such risks Uganda accommodation has to be booked in advance.
Domestic flights to Bwindi forest for gorilla trekking experience need to be booked. This is for those taking fly-in gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. Each day scheduled flights depart Entebbe air strip and Kajjansi Air strip early morning and afternoon to Kihihi Air strip. Later transfer to Bwindi forest by road to relax.
Since the flights are also used by other travelers who go to the country side, prior booking of a seat for tourists is important.
Send some details about yourself and the rest of the party you are travelling with like Names on the passport, date of birth and year, Nationality, Passport expiry date and so much more as required.
All year round gorilla trekking is open but the drier months are more attractive considering the fact that roads are drier. Bwindi gorilla trekking area in Uganda has tarmacked roads which get wet when it rains. Even the gorillas keep in the deeper ends of the forest when it get so wet making it a lengthy journey to find them.
Besides the body gets cold when it gets so wet calling for quick fatigue but you need to pack the right gorilla trekking gears to warm up before your trek.
What Is the cost Of Gorilla Trekking Package
The gorilla trekking permit in Uganda is sold at $700 and in Rwanda the gorilla permit cost $1500. Other components of the gorilla trekking package depend on your budget like Luxury safari package, Mid-range safari package and Basic safari package.
15 years and above is the gorilla trekking age limit as the terrain in the forest is volcanic calling for hiking which may be tedious to trekkers below this age. The gorillas also get agitated when disturbed which may be a character for trekkers below this age.
Which Itinerary to Follow For Gorilla Trekking Safari
3 days gorilla trekking days is the least number of days to book for Uganda gorilla tracking while in Rwanda 2 days gorilla trekking is the least number of days.
Additional activities can be added before or after gorilla tracking. In Uganda, game safaris, chimpanzee trekking, birding in Uganda, mountain climbing, launch cruise and so much more can be added.
In Rwanda, Golden monkey trekking, chimpanzee trekking, Kigali city tour, game drives and so much more is available to include in the itinerary.
After gorilla trekking briefing at the ranger station, finding the gorillas may take about 2 hours to about three quarters of the day. This depends on the proximity of the gorilla’s food, the conditions prevailing in the forest like incase the group fought with another and lost it would move to deeper ends.
How Many people Are allowed To See The Mountain Gorillas
8 people are allowed to see the mountain gorillas per family per trek per day. This is because of conservation reasons and to avoid crowding the forest. The forest is the sole provider of the mountain gorillas and so a big group will trample on the vegetation on which the gorillas feed.
It’s also believed that the mountain gorillas cannot procreate in the presence of many humans so the number of trekkers has to be limited to only one hour. The group is allowed to be with the gorillas just one precious hour and leave to give the gorillas chance to carry on there lives.