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A gorilla permit is a document or card that is issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority and or Rwanda Development board allowing anyone to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park and or Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. There several reasons why passport details are required for gorilla permit booking in both Uganda and Rwanda.

Reasons why passport details are required for gorilla permit booking

One of the reasons why passport details are required for gorilla permit booking by Uganda Wildlife Authority as well as Encounter Africa Safaris is that we need to know if you have the right age for gorilla trekking. One way of checking if one has the required minimum age is to look at the date of birth as shown on the passport. If it is discovered that one is below age, then a gorilla permit will not be issued to him or her.

Uganda Wildlife Authority like to keep records of those who visited or trekked gorillas in Uganda. It is interested in knowing how many US Citizens or UK Citizens that visited Uganda and once this is known, we can then establish which countries tend to visit Uganda more than others. With this, Uganda can thereafter formulate marketing and promotional strategies to attract more people from countries that do not supply many tourists for gorilla trekking. This is one of the reasons why passport details are required for gorilla permit booking as a way for compiling statistic for future reference.

Encounter Africa Safaris may also request for passport details before booking your gorilla permit due to the fact that we may also need to know your age, nationality as these help us to know if you will need a porter for gorilla trekking or if you may need a special guide depending on your nationality. Most guides in Uganda speak good English but not all tourists can speak English and in such circumstances, we might need you to supply us with your passport details.

Another reason why passport details are required for gorilla permit booking is that Uganda Wildlife Authority is the one in charge of gorilla trekking. Should there be anything, they would love to be having your details as a starting point

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