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Before booking any tour to Uganda to see mountain gorillas in either Bwindi Impenetrable national Park, you need to be informed of the below key changes for 2020-20. Gorilla trekking is an expensive venture and proper planning from the beginning will ensure that you get the best out of your tour. Encounter Africa safaris is here to highlight tips on how to successfully make your booking simple and direct.

Change in price of gorilla permits from $600 to $700

As you plan to visit Uganda in 2020-21, you need to know that effective 1st July 2020 to 2021, the price of gorilla permit will be at $700 per person per trek. Uganda Wildlife Authority made a decision to increase the price by $100 following a stakeholders meeting.

For those who still want to take advantage of the lower price of gorilla permits at $600 should book their gorilla treks before 1st July 2020. This therefore means that Uganda is maintaining the current price of permits at $600 from January to 30th June 2020. Encounter Africa safaris makes it easy for you to book your gorilla permit as well as other services. Free to contact us.

These are some of the popular gorillas safaris for 2020-21

3 Day Uganda gorilla trekking tour from Entebbe Airport
2 Day gorilla safari from Kigali international Airport
3 Day Uganda gorilla trek from Kigali Rwanda
5 Day gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Entebbe
5 Day gorilla and game safari from Kigali Rwanda
8 Day gorillas and wildlife safari
14 Day best of Uganda safari
More Uganda safaris here

Price of gorilla habituation experience permits maintained at $1500

It’s only in Uganda where one can spend four hours with mountain gorillas still under habituation. The southern part of Bwindi is the place where gorilla habituation takes place and those interested in this activity have to pay $1500 to spend 4 hours. Gorilla habituation experience was introduced to give chance to those willing to spend more time with gorillas in one day. This experience goes beyond seeing and photographing gorillas to engaging in activities that lead to gorillas getting used to human beings. Encounter Africa safaris organizes gorilla habituation safaris to Bwindi impenetrable National Park with guaranteed permits. Check any of the below safaris and get in touch for competitive prices

2020-21 Sellected gorilla habituation safaris

3 Day gorilla habituation safari from Entebbe Airport
3 day gorilla habituation experience from Kigali Airport
5 Day gorilla habituation and game safari from Entebbe
5 Day gorilla and chimpanzee habituation safari
5 Day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari
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Uganda remains the cheapest destination for gorilla trekking in 2020

With Democratic republic of Congo still not trusted by travelers interested in visiting mountain gorillas, Uganda remain the cheapest of the two countries trusted by visitors. $700 for a gorilla permit is relatively cheaper and affordable compared to Rwanda whose permit price is at $1500 per person per trek. It means that if one prefers Uganda or Rwanda, he or she is in position to save up to $800 which is enough to pay for an all inclusive 3 day gorilla tour in Uganda.

Uganda has the highest number of mountain gorillas in the world.

According to the current mountain gorilla census that was conducted in the virunga and Bwindi impenetrable National Park, it put Bwindi impenetrable National Park in position number one with highest number of gorillas in the whole world. With 50 mountain gorilla families and the highest number of gorillas, Uganda is indeed a better destination for gorilla trekking. This has been as a result of concerted efforts to conserve gorillas and as we write, mountain gorillas are nolonger endangered species. Lets discuss your travel here

Bwindi impenetrable National Park has four different sectors

Unlike other gorilla National Park, Bwindi impenetrable National Park has four key gorilla trekking regions of Buhoma in the north, Ruhija in the East, Nkuringo and Rushaga in the south. Each of the four regions has different gorilla families and lodges. Before you book any lodge, let us first book your gorilla permit which will determine where to book your overnight accommodation.

Gorilla permit allocation is based on regions not gorilla family

One can only get to know the gorilla family to trek on the actual day. When booking gorilla permits at Uganda Wildlife Authority, they are booked per region. In other words one can book permits of Buhoma or Ruhija without knowing the actual gorilla family to be visited. Once the region is known to you, you will then be free to request for a given gorilla family of your interest in that region. Uganda Wildlife Authority at the park head quarters are the ones who determine which gorilla family you will be allocated. Before hand, you will have to explain to them your interests and they will try as much as possible to allocate you a gorilla family to best suite your interest and physical abilities.

Old people of People with disabilities can trek gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga

In Uganda, there is no maximum age limit for gorilla trekking. The elderly people of 100+ years can still achieve their dream of visiting mountain gorillas at anytime of the year. As pointed out in most literature about gorilla trekking, it is known that one has to be physically fit to complete a gorilla trek. Its also known that old people or people with disabilities don’t suit this activity. However with the use of SEDAN CHAIRS AND PORTERS it is now possible. Please contact us for more information about sedan chars and how to organize it for you.

Don’t forget to book your gorilla permit and safari in advance

As earlier noted, gorilla trekking is one of the most sought after tourist activity for those visiting Uganda. Because of this, and other factors, gorilla permits tend to sell out quickly. In order to avoid missing out, we encourage you to book your gorilla permit and tour at least 4-5 months in advance. Following the increase of Rwanda gorilla permit to $1500, all Uganda and Rwanda tour operators are now competing for Uganda gorilla permits causing scarcity most especially during high and peak seasons. Contact us in advance.

You can fly to Bwindi and Mgahinga Instead of driving

Driving from Entebbe Airport to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park will take you from 9 to 10 hours. Most people don’t enjoy long drives much as part of this drive is punctuated by scenic views and lots of things to see en route. Bothe charter and scheduled flights are available daily from Entebbe to Kisoro or Kihihi Airstrip. These flights will let you spend 2-3 hours followed by a one and half drive to your respective Lodge. Contact us for more information about flights to gorilla National Park.

You can access Bwindi and Mgahinga through Kigali instead of Entebbe

It’s now possible to drive from Kigali and trek Uganda mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga. This allows you to spend only 4-5 hours on the road compared to 9-10 hours spent when you use Entebbe International Airport which is Uganda’ s official Airport. From Kigali Airport, you may choose to cross into Uganda at Chanika or Gatuna boarder and then drive to Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park. Please check out of Uganda gorilla tours from Kigali and request for a quote.

Mind about the minimum age for gorilla trekking

Before hassling to book your tour to visit mountain gorillas in Uganda, you need to be 15 years of age and above. This is because of the fact that Uganda and Rwanda has an age restriction of 15 years and above. Those who are 14 years and are almost making it to 15 years are eligible for gorilla trekking. For more information on age limit for gorilla trekking please contact us.

Choosing a tour operator for your gorilla trek in 2020

It’s simple to get a credible tour operator to organize your gorilla tour to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. The first step to select one is by establishing if the said Tour Operator belongs to AUTO (Association of Uganda Tour Operators), you may also look at reviews on Trip Advisor or Safari bookings and how long this company has been operating. Encounter Africa safaris fits the above and when contacted, you will be overwhelmed on how swift and simple your booking will be.

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