FAQs about Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
Every gorilla trekking client wants to get value for money out of the Gorilla permit fee paid for gorilla trekking safaris in either Rwanda or Uganda and the first question is always- “When is the best time for gorilla trekking?” While gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda can be done all through the whole year, months of June, July, August, and early September December up to February are the most preferred. Since Gorilla Trekking destinations like Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a tropical rain forest and its climate is influenced by micro conditions of the area, the weather is unpredictable. During high season Rwanda gorilla permits to visit gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi National Park is at USD 1500 and USD600.00 per person respectively. For those who are price-sensitive, should take advantage of low season gorilla permits at USD450.00 to book a Uganda gorilla trekking Permit. Gorilla trekking difference in Rwanda and Uganda.
WHAT ARE THE GORILLA PERMIT PRICE DIFFERENCES IN UGANDA & RWANDA
A gorilla permit is obtained from Rwanda Development Board for Gorilla trekking Rwanda and in the Uganda Wildlife Authority in case of Gorilla tours in Uganda, to allow you spend one hour with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. The Rwanda gorilla permit costs USD1500.00 for Non-residents. The Uganda gorilla permits to visit mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga cost USD600.00 (Nonresidents) USD500.00 for Foreign Residents. Uganda’s discounted gorilla permits go as low as $450 in the month of April May and November. Gorilla permit Info.
HELP ME UNDERSTAND BWINDI NATIONAL PARK
Bwindi Impenetrable National park is located in southwestern Uganda and is divided into four regions. Buhoma region in the North, Ruhija region in the east, Rushaga, and Nkuringo in the south. Each region has given habituated gorillas families for gorilla tracking. If you are to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, then you need to mind about a specific region where you are going as this will affect the Lodge to be booked, gorilla permit as well as your transport.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY GORILLA PERMIT
You are advised to Book gorilla permits at least three months in advance most especially during high season. Please contact us with the date when you intend to trek and we will advise.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A GORILLA PERMIT?
A gorilla permit allows you one hour with mountain gorillas in the different gorilla tracking destinations in Rwanda and Uganda. Included are park entry fees for the parks, National Park guides/rangers service fees, the gorilla trekking guides escort you to the forest. Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda with Gorilla Adventure tours will be an adventure of a lifetime.
HOW LONG IS A GORILLA TREK IN UGANDA OR RWANDA?
The Rwanda gorilla trekking tour or Uganda Gorilla trekking exercise can take over three-quarters of the day depending on, the gorilla movements, where the gorillas stayed the previous night and the mood of the gorillas. It may also depend on the people in your group since the guides/rangers move following the slowest person in the group. Gorilla Adventure tours are happy to provide all relevant advice.
WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT FOR TREKKING GORILLAS?
The age limit for gorilla tracking as well as the Rwanda golden monkey trekking is 15 years.
The age limit for trekking chimpanzees in Rwanda is 12 years old and children 10 years and older are allowed to trek golden monkeys in Rwanda as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR GORILLA TREKKING?- Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
To prepare for your Rwanda gorilla tour, we advise trousers, long-sleeved shirts or blouses, long socks to enable you to tack in your trousers, garden gloves, a hat, sunglasses, hiking boots, insect repellents and some energy giving foods. More about packing list and gorilla trekking gear.
What is a gorilla habituation experience?
Gorilla habituation experience is an activity in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where tourists are allowed to stay four hours with mountain gorillas after paying their Rwanda Gorilla trekking fee of USD1500.00 for a gorilla habituation permit. Gorilla habituation safaris are currently taking place only in Rushaga located in the southern part of Bwindi Forest.