The Uganda Wildlife Authority, in partnership with the Association of Uganda Tour Operators, has decided to reinstate the offering of discounted chimpanzee permits during the low season months of April, May, and November. These discounted permits were previously available but were later scrapped by the authority. However, after careful consideration and consultation with tour operators, it has been decided to reintroduce these discounted permits to promote tourism during the low season.
Foreign non-residents can expect to pay USD 150 per person for a chimpanzee permit during the low season, while East African residents holding working permits for Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi will pay USD 100.00. These prices are significantly lower than the regular prices offered during peak season.
It’s important to note that this is a great opportunity for those who are looking to trek chimpanzees at a more affordable price. For more information on how to obtain these discounted permits, please contact Trek Africa Tours. They will be able to provide more details on the application process and the terms and conditions of the discounted permits.
In 2012, Uganda was recognized as the best tourist destination by Lonely Planet and recorded the highest growth in tourism in all of Africa. This recognition highlights the potential for tourism to play a major role in driving the country’s economy and lifting it out of poverty. The President of Uganda recognizes the significance of tourism as a key sector for economic growth and development.
The reintroduction of discounted chimpanzee permits during low season months is a strategic move to attract more tourists to the country and increase tourism revenue. By offering more affordable prices during the low season, more people will be able to experience the joys of chimpanzee trekking and other attractions that Uganda has to offer.
Uganda is a country with a wealth of natural and cultural attractions. From the beautiful national parks, to the source of the Nile, Rwenzori and Elgon mountains, and Lake Victoria, there is something for every traveler to enjoy. The country is also relatively stable, with ongoing infrastructure development, making it an ideal destination for tourists. With the reintroduction of discounted chimpanzee permits, it is expected that tourism in Uganda will continue to grow, bringing economic benefits to the country.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority, in partnership with the Association of Uganda Tour Operators, offers discounted chimpanzee permits for the months of November, April, and May to encourage tourism during the low season. These discounted permits are announced annually and offer a great opportunity for tourists to plan their trip during the low season when accommodation rates are also lower, making the overall cost of a gorilla and chimpanzee safari more affordable.
It is important to note that some tourists may have the misconception that the discounted permits are only offered during months when it is raining heavily, making chimpanzee trekking more challenging. However, this is not entirely true. Kibale Forest National Park, where chimpanzees can be trekked, is a tropical rainforest and its climate is influenced by a variety of factors, including even westerlies (winds) from the Congo. This means that Kibale National Park receives rainfall throughout the year and it can rain every 30 minutes regardless of whether it is the dry or rainy season.
Therefore, it is suitable to go chimpanzee trekking in the months of April, May, and November, as the park receives rainfall throughout the whole year. Tourists are encouraged to take advantage of the discounted permits offered during these months to plan their trip and enjoy the unique opportunity of chimpanzee trekking in one of Uganda’s most beautiful national parks.
For those interested in obtaining discounted chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda, Trek Africa Tours is the perfect solution. Once the discounted permits are announced by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, in partnership with the Association of Uganda Tour Operators, Trek Africa Tours can pre-purchase them on your behalf and assist in organizing a gorilla tour that fits within your budget, interests, and time constraints.
With a wealth of experience in organizing gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda, our team of expert consultants will be more than happy to receive your inquiry and provide guidance on how to book an affordable gorilla safari with discounted chimpanzee permits in Uganda. To get started, all we require is the exact date on which you intend to trek, and we will check the availability of chimpanzee permits with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), which is the body mandated to sell chimpanzee permits on behalf of the Ugandan Government and Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.
Once we confirm that UWA has permits available, we will need you to provide us with your full name as it appears on your passport and your nationality. We will then forward this information to UWA to issue your chimpanzee trekking permit. With Trek Africa Tours, you can be sure that the process of obtaining discounted chimpanzee permits and organizing a gorilla safari will be stress-free and seamless.
Once you have confirmed the dates for your discounted chimpanzee permit in Uganda, Trek Africa Tours will send you an invoice with our bank account details to facilitate payment. We also accept Visa and Mastercard payments, but please note that there is a 5% surcharge on the total cost when using credit card as a payment option.
To secure your safari, we typically require full payment of the chimpanzee permit and a 20% deposit to confirm your booking. The remaining balance can be paid 6 weeks prior to your safari. This deposit is used to cover the costs of necessary preparations for your trip, such as booking accommodation, making necessary telephone calls to the Uganda Wildlife Authority and arranging transportation to and from the park.
This deposit enables us to do the ground work required to make your trip a success and ensure that all arrangements are in place for a smooth and enjoyable safari experience. We understand that the process of paying for a safari can be overwhelming, that’s why we provide multiple options for payment, to make it easy and convenient for you.
When we have received payment for your discounted chimpanzee permit, our office staff will promptly verify the availability of permits for your preferred dates of trekking with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). Once confirmed, our driver will physically go to UWA with all your passport details to secure your permit.
Once the permit has been issued, Trek Africa Tours will promptly scan and send you a copy for your records. This will serve as your proof of purchase and will be required for entry into the park. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that the process of securing your discounted chimpanzee permit is efficient, and that you receive confirmation of your purchase in a timely manner.
We recommend that you keep a copy of your permit with you at all times during your trip and to present it to the park ranger at the time of your trek. We also recommend that you bring a copy of your passport or ID as well as a copy of your permits to the park. This will make the check-in process more efficient and ensure that you are able to start your trek on time.
At Trek Africa Tours, we pride ourselves on providing personalized service with a strong commitment to the safety and enjoyment of our clients. Our top priority is the well-being of our staff and guests, as well as having a positive impact on the communities and wild places that we operate in. We adhere to the environmental ethic “Take nothing but photographs, leave only footprints” and all of our packages are eco-friendly.
As we navigate the post-Covid era, the safety and health of our clients will be of the utmost importance. We will ensure that all of our service providers and staff adhere to the safety protocols and guidelines set by the government for the safety and health of our clients and service providers while on safari.
We invite you to contact us here for booking your discounted chimpanzee permits in Uganda. With our commitment to personalized service and eco-friendly approach, we are confident that we can provide you with an unforgettable and safe safari experience.