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There is little or no literature about gorilla habituation permit top up in Uganda. It should be noted that gorilla habituation experience is one of a kind natural experience that happens only in Uganda and in the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable National Park. While we have three countries where one can spend one hour with habituated mountain gorillas, its only in Uganda and particularly in Bwindi impenetrable National Park in the whole world where one can book a gorilla habituation permit to allow them spend up to four hours with mountain gorillas under habituation. At the time of booking, one is free to pay his or her gorilla habituation experience permit in full or make partial payment and top up at a later stage. In this article, we will discuss how much needs to be deposited, when to top up your gorilla habituation permit and how to do so.

Gorilla habituation permit top up procedure in Uganda

Uganda Wildlife Authority has set guidelines on topping up gorilla habituation experience permits in Uganda. Gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience in particular is a lifetime experience and in order to get a chance to spend up to four hours with mountain gorillas, one needs to book his or her gorilla permit in advance. This can be done directly by contacting Uganda Wildlife Authority (this can be sometimes so hectic) or booking through credible tour operators like Encounter Africa safaris. Gorilla habituation permits booked in advance can be paid partially by paying 30% of the total cost. Once 30% payment is made, details will be entered in UWA system and you will be guaranteed of the spot to visit mountain gorillas still under habituation. The process will not be complete until you top up the 70% to make 100% payments.

When should I top up my gorilla habituation permit?

One of the most frequently asked questions about gorilla habituation permit top up is the time when one needs to do the top up or pay the remaining 70% in order to clear the balance. According to the new guidelines, all individuals and tour operators must top up their gorilla habituation experience permits 90 days or three months to the actual trekking date. UWA allows 3 months to the actual date as a grace period for topping up. In a situation where one fails to top up or meet the deadline the below will apply.

What happens when I don’t top up my gorilla habituation permit in time?

There several scenarios where tour operators or individuals may fail or delay to top up their gorilla habituation permits. In this case, there three things that are likely to happen. Uganda Wildlife Authority will release the permits so that they are bought by other companies and in this case, no money will e paid back to you. In other words you stand to lose out on the paid amount. We therefore encourage everyone to make sure that their gorilla habituation experience permits are topped up in time in order not to lose out. If for any reason that may result into late top up, you are advised to formerly write to the executive director UWA explain the reason why you may delay to make final payment and what ever response you get from him will be help full.

Why does UWA give a deadline of 90 Days to top up permits

Initially Uganda Wildlife Authority had relaxed her terms and conditions on gorilla permit top up and as a result many tourists and business speculators starting paying 30% and hold permits up to the eve of gorilla trekking. For one reason or the other it was discovered that most gorilla permits ended up not being topped up and not being used while other companies could be looking for the same gorilla permits for the same dates. In order to reduce on this, Uganda Wildlife Authority called a stakeholders meeting where it was explained that all gorilla habituation top ups should be made 90 days to trekking dates and whoever fails to do will end up losing out. They looked at 3 months time as time enough where permits can be released by to the system to be bought by other companies in need.

Let Encounter Africa safaris do the booking and top up

Encounter Africa safaris a full registered tour operator offering tours to Uganda and Rwanda. We have been operating and booking tours on behalf of our clients for the last ten years. When you contact us, you don’t have to worry about gorilla habituation permit top up and availability since we do have access to Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permit database where we are able to check availability, reserve and pay them on your behalf and when time comes for top up, we will definitely remind you way in advance to enable you pay and we top up on your behalf.

All those interested in booking gorilla habituation safaris should contact Encounter Africa safaris in advance to enable us check availability and where necessary reserve them before you make payment. Any gorilla habituation experience holiday can only be guaranteed of permits are secured. Only 4 people are allowed to visit these mountain gorillas still under training in order for them to get used to human presence. All you need to do is to send us the exact dates, months and year and we will go ahead to check availability and once found, we will reserve them on the system and advise you on how to make payment. Encounter Africa safaris accepts both wire transfers as well as Credit card payment. Once payment is done, we will pay, secure your permits and send you scanned copies for your records and perusal.

Encounter Africa safaris offer affordable gorilla habituation safaris that depart everyday and anytime. Our habituation experience safaris can start and end in Entebbe or Start and end in Kigali. Where ever you want to start from Encounter Africa safaris has got you covered. We are highly recommended on trip advisor and safari bookings and should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone.

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