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When planning a gorilla safari, you need to know what is included in a gorilla permit. Gorilla trekking takes place in three countries of Africa which include Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo. For one to see these wild and endangered creatures, he/she needs a gorilla permits for either Bwindi impenetrable National, Mgahinga National Park (In Uganda), Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park (Virunga National Park activities are currently suspended due to political insecurity and Encounter Africa safaris does not conduct tours to the Democratic Republic of Congo)

What is included in a gorilla permit

A gorilla permit is a card or document that allows one to trek mountain gorillas in either Bwind Impenetable National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Volcanoes National Park and or Virunga National Park. At the moment gorilla permits cost USD600 in Uganda, USD1500 in Rwanda and USD400 in the Democratic republic of Congo. When booking a gorilla permit for any of the above mentioned countries, you need to know what is included in a gorilla permit.

A gorilla permit includes one hour with mountain gorillas. Without a permit, you will not be allowed to see or trek gorillas. While the trek or the journey to the gorillas may take up to 30 minutes or three quarters of the day, you will be allowed to spend only one hour with a family of habituated mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park. During this hour, you are free to take videos and photos and ask any questioned about mountain gorillas.

Included in a gorilla permit is the service of gorilla guide or ranger. Volcanoes National Park or Bwindi Impenetable National Park are big chunks of mountains and forests that requires one who is conversant with the trails that lead to the gorillas. Uganda Wildlife Authority has trained Ranger guides who will guide you through the forest until you see mountain gorillas. Thus when you book a gorilla permit, rest assured that your ranger guide fee will be included. Ranger guides are well trained by Uganda Wildlife Authority and are very conversant with flora and fauna of Uganda. They will also help you to identify other primate species, birds species as well as other animals in the forest to make your trek enjoyable

Park entrance fees is also included in a gorilla permit. Just like any other national Parks in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, one needs part entry fees to enjoy activities in such National Parks. Once you pay for a gorilla permit to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park or Volcanoes National Park, rest assured that your park fees are included.

You gorilla permit also includes services of gorilla trackers. Gorilla trackers are a group of well trained staff who wakeup early to look for these habituated mountain gorilla families. After finding them, they then communicate to respective park head quarters about the where abouts of several gorilla families. Its from here that you will start your trek into the forest with your gorilla guide. These gorilla trackers keep following the movements of mountain gorillas as well as directing you until you find them. It’s for this reason that chances of seeing mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda are 98%. Either country tries to make sure that after paying USD600 in Uganda or USD1500 in Rwanda, you are assured of seeing mountain gorillas.

Included in a gorilla permit is your security. Both Uganda and Rwanda value the safety and security of their clients first. All rangers are well trained and carry guns for protection. Uganda also has tourism police to ensure that your trek will be secure. Rangers also carry guns to make sure that should there be any wild elephants or other animals that may interrupt you work, they have to scare them buy sometimes shooting in space. This is a rare occasion but security is always a priority.

Encounter Africa safaris is one of the most trusted tour operators for Uganda and Rwanda. We offer affordable gorillas safaris at unbeatable prices. We are highly rated and recommended by Trip Advisor and Safari bookings. Contact us now for the best offer.

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