Selecting the best gorilla safari area to book for gorilla safari in Bwindi Impenetrable national Parks challenging. No matter where you do gorilla safaris in Uganda, when you are just a few meters from the mountain gorillas, you may suddenly forget your fears about these huge and fierce looking primates. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is subdivided into four areas that is Buhoma in the north, Ruhija area is the East, Rushaga area, and Nkuringo area in the southern sector.
Each of these gorilla safari areas has its unique and interesting traits like Buhoma area has the some of the pioneer gorilla trekking families Mubare family, Rushegura family and others, Rushaga area currently has the biggest number of gorilla families that is so far 8. Ruhija area if Bwindi lies in the prime Bwindi forest birding area. Nkuringo area has the initial gorilla family in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. While in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you can do gorilla habituation experience
As you notice each Bwindi Impenetrable National Park area has its unrivalled uniqueness you just need to select which one may serve your interest.
When booking the gorilla permits for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you are allocated permits for either of these areas. But in case you want a specific gorilla safaris area, you need to book your permit in advance when options are still available. When you book your gorilla permit 6 months to a year upfront, your chances of pointing out where your wish your permit to be reserved are high. As the days to the gorilla trek draw closer, availability of gorilla permits narrows and so even clients stating where they prefer the permit to be booked gets more challenging too.
Every Bwindi Forest area where you are allocated for either gorilla trekking gives you chances to have that precious hour just meters away from the only few leftover mountain gorillas in the world.
Even determining the easiest gorilla family or area to trek is hard because finding the mountain gorillas is dependent on the mod in the forest. A gorilla family that was close the previous day may be the furthest the next day depending on circumstances prevailing in the forest. When you are allocate a gorilla safari area if Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, embrace it so as to make unforgettable memories with the mountain gorillas.
Select when you hope to do gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and the number of people travelling with. This plan helps with finding gorilla permit availability and purchasing the permits in time. In case you get other additional people joining the gorilla safari, you may have to bother again rechecking gorilla permit availability and purchasing gorilla permit. This may comes with challenges like getting permits for another area, not finding availability of the gorilla permits and much more.
Our tours consult is ready to check availability of the gorilla permits from the Uganda Wildlife Authority list as per your dates of preference. During the Peak Season, last minute gorilla permit availability gets challenging as most permits are purchased in advance leaving just or none for late bookers. Sometimes those who purchase gorilla permits in bulk may resale them but this is not a guarantee. You can only have access to gorilla permits on resale when you book your gorilla safari through an accredited tour operator like Arch Safaris and Tours.
Upon finding gorilla permit availability, we ask you to buy and secure your gorilla permit as soon as possible. These gorilla permits are limited to maximum 8 per gorilla family yet demand is high especially during the peak season.
Present some personal details to add to your gorilla permit for identification purposes. You need to forward your full names as presented on the passport, date of birth, Nationality, passport expiry date. These are added to the strip at the back of your gorilla permit card and retrieved when you present it on the day of the trek.
How Much Is a Gorilla Permit For Bwindi Impenetrable National Park?
The cost of gorilla trekking permit for Bwindi Impenetrable National park is $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents and 250000shs for East African residents. The Uganda Wildlife Authority is the gorilla permit selling and regulating body of Uganda gorilla permits.
Gorilla habituation experience permits costs $1500 for foreign non residents, $1000 for foreign residents and 750000 for East African residents.
What does the cost of Uganda gorilla permit cover?
The gorilla permit cost covers the park entrance fees, ranger guide fees, security on gorilla safari, government tax, mountain gorilla conservation, part of the annual earnings from gorilla safaris is given to the local community.
The gorilla trekking permit costs covers one hour with the mountain gorillas. The full habituated mountain gorillas are habituated to be in the presence of humans for just one hour for conservation reasons. Afterwards they must be left alone to feed, groom, nap and carry on with the running of there day today life. Human presences disrupts the running of there daily life.
The gorilla habituation permit cost covers four hours with the mountain gorillas. During this time, expect mountain gorillas to show some odd behavior like going into hiding, hooting and others because they are semi-habituated. The researcher fee is covered in the cost of gorilla habituation experience permit.
Exclusions of gorilla permit:
Snacks, packed lunch, gorilla safari gears, accommodation, transport and any other personal expenditures.
Is Instalment Gorilla permit Purchase allowed For Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Permits?
Buying gorilla permits in full is the best decision but instalment purchase is allowed too as long as you qualify. To qualify for instalment gorilla permit purchase, you must buy the permit before 90 days to gorilla safari date and top up prior to 90 days to gorilla safari day.
When you fail to honor the conditions for Instalment gorilla permits, the permit is re-opened to the public and you loose the deposit too.
Is The Cost Of Uganda Gorilla Permit Worth The money?
Yes, the cost of the Uganda gorilla permit is worth every penny. Gorilla trekking or gorilla habituation is not only a trip to make holiday adventure memories with the only leftover mountain gorillas in the world but a chance to save them from extinction.
Mountain gorillas are some of the highly endangered primates in the world and conserving them is the top priority. When you purchase the gorilla safari, part of the funds collected is used for mountain gorilla conservation. Gorilla conservation needs some funding and one of the ways to collect these funds is by selling the gorilla permits.
When you purchase the gorilla permit, you indirectly support the local community around the mountain gorilla conservation areas. In order to conserve the mountain gorillas for sustainable existence, the local community must be sensitized about there importance and why protect the mountain gorillas habitants.
Each year about 20% of the annual proceeds accrued from the sale of gorilla permits is given back to the community to support the running of there community projects. This is also away of compensating the local community for the damage the mountain gorillas cause to their gardens sometimes when they stray.
During gorilla safaris, you may hire a porter to carry your gorilla safari gears and pay them a reasonable amount for the assistance rendered. This is one of the direct ways to give back to the local community as they use this money to run their home affairs.
Can I Be Sure To Locate The Mountain Gorillas in Uganda?
Be sure to see mountain gorillas in Uganda as they are habituated first for an unknown time before being opened for the public to book. Mountain gorillas live in families that are not quick to break. They feed in a particular area for some time and can only relocate when food is exhausted. This makes it a sure deal to find them on the day of the gorilla trek or habituation experience.
Each day a team of trackers wakes up early to follow the mountain gorillas where they may have spent the night or possible hang out spot. These clues are what ranger guides escorting a team of tourists on Uganda gorilla safari use so that tourists do not get lost in the vast jungle.
Gorilla safaris are strenuous because of the nature of the topography of the area where they live. the terrain of Bwindi Impenetrable National park is volcanic with remains of ridges and plateaus draped by thick vegetation. The Virunga area is known for its untimely rains that create soggy and slippery conditions in case you have to hike to find the mountain gorillas.
Having some level of fitness before the gorilla trek coupled with wearing the right gorilla safari helps you walk through the jungle without failing to accomplish the gorilla safari.
One of the ranger guides carries a machete to use for trimming protruding vegetation that may obstruct the way.
Hiring a porter to carry your gorilla safari gears saves you from getting exhausted before meeting the mountain gorillas.
Are Mountain Gorillas Aggressive?
On the outlook mountain gorillas look scaring because of there dark furred bodies and brown sunken eyes. The mountain gorillas are naturally serene and calm despite there horrifying outlook. This however doesn’t mean you provoke them. Gorilla safaris have a limited time for conservation reasons so when you agitate the mountain gorillas, you may push them into hiding cutting short your time with the mountain gorillas.
Before starting the gorilla adventure, tourists are advised not to make noise while searching to find the mountain gorillas or else may cause them to get suspicious of your presence in the wilderness.
When angry mountain gorillas thump there chests, hoot and may pull grass around them. When you witness this do not panic but stay calm and wait for the ranger guides to make observations of what the matter may be. Sometimes the mountain gorillas may be having family feud and the matter is not about you the observers.
In case one of the tourists have violated the rules of gorilla safari like provoking the mountain gorillas, touched there infants and much more, the ranger guides will show you how to give an apology. The mountain gorillas want to show that they are the masters of the jungle so everybody must be there subordinate.
What is the duration of the gorilla Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park?
The time taken on a gorilla safari varies with where the mountain gorillas may be spending there time. Sometimes the mountain gorillas spend there day at the slopes or deep in the valley prolonging the time of finding them. In case there food is exhausted, the mountain gorillas move to a new location which may be far from the starting point of the trek. When it rains severely, the trails get quite slippery and soggy making the way quite difficult.
In case the trekkers are slow, this may prolong the time of finding the mountain gorillas. Death of the dominant silverback may push the family into the deeper ends of the park as they are vulnerable and mourning there loss.
The time allowed with the mountain gorilla in gorilla trekking adventure is one hour and four hours for gorilla habituation experience.
Some level of patience is asked of the tourists on gorilla safari and time can fly by without you noticing if you open your heart to seeing other attractions in the wilderness like the rich avian life, different highlands, rich natural tree species, other primates to mention but a few.
Keeping your body fit for gorilla safari protects you from getting muscle pulls while walk in the jungle. In case you get altitude sickness, you can take some pills and get the best advise from a professional doctor before the gorilla safari.