A Bwindi gorilla permit is one of the first important things one should consider before coming for a gorilla trekking activity. In Africa or the whole world, there are four mountain gorilla destinations that are home to the few remaining mountain gorilla species and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is one of them. The number of mountain gorillas in the world is estimated to be 1000 individuals. Mountain gorillas are used to stay in mountainous areas as the name applies. Book your gorilla permit and travel to the southern part of Uganda where the impenetrable forest of Bwindi national park is found. The Park has four tracking sectors where you can visit the gorillas which include the Nkulingo and Rushaga sectors in the south, Buhoma sector in the North, and Ruhija sector in the east part of Bwindi Forest. or you can go and trek mountain gorillas o Mgahinga gorilla national park. Uganda is one with almost half of the few remaining mountain gorillas on earth then the rest are found in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In July 2020 the Uganda Wildlife Authority decided to increase the price of gorilla permits from 600USD-700USD so that to add on funds being offered to gorilla conservations and also increase the payments of tourism police, trackers, and park rangers plus other people who are working hard to protect these primates. Although the Uganda gorilla trekking permit has increased it is still much lower if compared to the Rwandan gorilla permit that sold at 1500 USD per person per trek. Also, 20 % collected on the money got from selling gorilla permits is always given back to the local members which are help them to improve their standard of living.
Only Bwindi Forest is home to 17 gorilla families while 1 gorilla family is found in the Mgahinga gorilla national park. Each gorilla family is tracked by 8 people per day, this means that Bwindi gorilla permits are limited every day so it is always important to book a gorilla permit in advance like 3 months back to avoid inconveniences. The names of gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park are Mubare, Rushegura, Busingye, Oruzogo, Mishaya , Nkuringo , Bushaho, Kahungye , Busingye , Bweza , Kyaguliro , Bitukura , Kutu , katwe, Habinyanja, and Nshongi. Including the two gorilla families which are still in the process of habituation and these are Bukingi gorilla family and Bushaho gorilla family. So, for tourists who want to spend more time with endangered mountain gorillas. Still, Bwindi Forest is your answer where you will get an opportunity to have a 4-hour interaction. Therefore, book your habituation permit at only 1500 USD per person and enjoy an unforgettable experience in wild. Even those who visited the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Forest can tell you how much they enjoyed their tour.
Bwindi gorilla permit has increased from 600USD to 700USD for foreign nonresidents per person per trek, 600USD for foreign residents for each person, and 250,000 Ugandan shillings for Eastern citizens per person in the very trek. Gorilla permits in Bwindi can be booked through two ways which include, you can book directly from the Uganda Wildlife Authority main offices which are found in the capital city Kampala or through Wild Epic Safaris.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest is carried out into four trailheads that are Nkuringo and Rushaga in the south, Buhoma in the north, and Ruhija in the east. The Park is protecting almost half of the mountain gorillas on earth with 18 habituated gorilla families that can be visited per day. only 8 tourists or people are allowed to visit a gorilla family each day, this means that there are 162 permits at the main offices of Uganda Wildlife Authority every day. Please note, gorilla permits for Bwindi Forest are booked per sector depending on the availability of the gorilla permits. Wild Epic Safaris is here to give you information on which sector is good for trekking and book the accommodation close to the tracking zone and the starting point so that you do not miss out on the early morning briefing on the day of the trek.
Gorilla trekking has a few guidelines one should follow while trekking and these include always listen and follow the instruction of the rangers so as stay in a good condition with the gorillas even if they are familiar to you but are still wild animals so at any time can change. You are also advised to keep your voice very low, never feed gorillas, always keep a distance of 7 meters away from the gorillas, stay in a group, switch off flashlights when capturing the gorillas, never touch on younger gorillas, do not eat in front of gorillas. Another important guideline is to avoid looking directly into the eyes of gorillas. These are some of guidelines that will be provided to you on your gorilla trekking day during the session of a briefing that is followed while trekking mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Currently, it is difficult to mention the best time to visit these gorilla families of Bwindi Forest due to unpredictable weather though the most recommended time to visit mountain gorillas is during the driest months which are divided into two seasons is the one start from June-October and then again December-February which are easier to trek the gorillas is less muddy and slippery. But if you want to come in this season, you are advised to book your gorilla permit in advance to avoid disturbance because at such time is when the park receives more visitors. Please note, Bwindi Forest is open for trekking mountain gorillas all year round so at any time you feel like trek whether in wet or dry season come and make your dream true. Budget travelers the wet season is also good for you because during this season is when there are discounts on hotel rooms and no high demand for gorilla permits however, at such time expect the rain every day.
Here is where a tourist show interest by carrying the essential items which are suitable for gorilla trekking. These are some of the items you have to consider before coming for this activity which include good hiking boots because there is a certain point which will need you to hike, long clothes, hats, garden gloves, camera with extra batteries. Bird lovers do not forget to carry binocular which will help you to see countless bird species. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest national park starts very early in the morning so you have to carry packed lunch, this can be got from your lodge or supermarket, energy drinks are also important and another thing you will be provided by hiking stick at the park offices so do not forget to come with it. Therefore, if you have all these expect to enjoy unforgettable experience.
Book your gorilla tour with Wild Epic Safaris and we help you to arrange this amazing experience in either Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park and make your dream real.