In 2020, Uganda Wildlife Authority introduced a penalty for those who reschedule their gorilla habituation experience permits late or on the last minute. This new regulation was introduced as part of the measures to manage the high demand for gorilla habituation experience permits, which is a unique and rare tourist activity that takes place only in Uganda. In order to participate in the gorilla habituation experience, visitors must obtain a gorilla habituation experience permit issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The penalty fee for late rescheduling of gorilla habituation experience permits will be applied in addition to the original permit fee.
In order to protect the endangered Mountain Gorillas and manage their habitat, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has implemented strict regulations on gorilla habituation permits. In 2020, UWA set a penalty or fine for late gorilla habituation permit reschedule at 25% of the total cost of the permit.
The cost of a gorilla habituation experience permit in Uganda currently stands at $1500 per person for a four-hour trek, which is subject to review every two years by UWA. If a permit holder wishes to reschedule the trek to a later date, they will be required to pay a fine equivalent to 25% of the permit price. This means that in addition to the initial $1500 payment, an extra $375 will be required to reschedule the permit.
Late rescheduling of gorilla habituation permits is an expensive process and should be avoided at all costs. If visitors encounter any issues with their trekking dates, they are advised to contact a reputable safari company such as Trek Africa Expeditions for guidance and assistance.
In the tourism industry, there are certain factors that can lead to late rescheduling of Gorilla Habituation permits. Uganda Wildlife Authority has set specific dates for gorilla trekking, and tourists are required to book permits for a specific date, month, and year. For instance, when booking permits with Trek Africa Expeditions, visitors are expected to provide the date, month, and year they wish to spend with the mountain gorillas. Once the booking is made, Trek Africa Expeditions checks for availability and requests payment through bank transfer, credit card, or cash. After the payment is received, Trek Africa Expeditions pays for the permit at the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s head office and sends the visitor scanned copies of their receipt.
Depending on the time of the year, Trek Africa Expeditions has the right to deposit 30% of the permit price and pay the remaining amount three months before the trekking date. However, despite making early bookings, unforeseen circumstances such as personal emergencies, flight cancellations, or travel restrictions may arise, leading to late rescheduling of Gorilla Habituation permits.
Late rescheduling of Gorilla Habituation permits comes at a cost. The Uganda Wildlife Authority imposes a penalty of 25% of the total cost of the permit for late rescheduling of the four-hour gorilla habituation permits. The penalty is payable through bank transfer, credit card, or cash, and a receipt must be produced as evidence of payment. To avoid paying the penalty, visitors are advised to make their permit bookings well in advance and ensure they do not have any conflicting commitments that may lead to late rescheduling.
If you have booked and paid for your gorilla habituation permits, there may be circumstances that require you to change your initial trekking date. Such circumstances may include sickness, accidents, or missing your flight connection, which may make it impossible for you to trek on the originally scheduled date. In such a scenario, Trek Africa Expeditions will advise you to pay an additional 25% of the permit price to reschedule your gorilla habituation permit to another date. It is worth noting that you can avoid the penalty for late rescheduling of your gorilla habituation permit if you change the date at least two weeks before the trekking date. While this may be an unfortunate situation, it is the best available option. To learn more about this, don’t hesitate to contact Trek Africa Expeditions.
When it comes to paying the fine for a late gorilla habituation permit reschedule, there is a specific procedure that needs to be followed. First, you must write an official letter to the Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority requesting permission to change the dates of your permit. If your request is approved, the IT department will be notified to make the necessary changes and you will receive written confirmation from the head of reservations at Uganda Wildlife Authority.
After receiving confirmation, you will need to make the payment for the penalty. The cost of the penalty is 25% of the total cost of the permit, which currently stands at $1500 per person for a four-hour trek. This means that the penalty for a late permit reschedule will be $375, in addition to the original cost of the permit.
To make the payment, you will need to go to the bank and provide them with the necessary details, such as the name of the payee and the amount to be paid. Once the payment is complete, you will receive a receipt as proof of payment, which you should keep for your records.
It is important to note that late permit rescheduling and the associated penalty should be avoided whenever possible. If you have any questions or concerns about your permit or need assistance with rescheduling, you can reach out to Trek Africa Expeditions for guidance and support.
Before rescheduling your gorilla habituation permit, there are several key points to consider. These points will ensure that the process is smooth and hassle-free.
Firstly, if you plan to make a late rescheduling of your gorilla habituation permit, you must ensure that there is availability of space on the new dates. The Uganda Wildlife Authority will only authorize rescheduling to a specific date if there is sufficient space. When you book your gorilla habituation permits with Trek Africa Expeditions, we will assist you in checking the availability of space and exploring all available options. Our strong relationship with UWA allows us to work out a solution quickly and efficiently.
Additionally, to move or reschedule a four-hour gorilla habituation permit in Uganda, you must have paid the permit fee in full. Unpaid permits will not be transferred to another date. This means that you must have paid USD 1500 for each booked permit to reschedule it to a different date. It’s important to note that you can only reschedule your four-hour gorilla habituation permit once, so be sure to check that you have the correct dates before making any changes.
Gorilla habituation experience offers a unique opportunity to spend four hours with mountain gorillas that are under habituation. This experience is exclusive to Uganda and cannot be found in the other two countries of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. While mountain gorillas can be seen in these countries, the four-hour gorilla habituation experience only takes place in Uganda, specifically in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
If you are interested in gorilla habituation safaris, you will need to visit either the Rushaga or Nkuringo sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the southern part. Efforts are currently underway to create gorilla families for habituation in the northern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and we will inform you as soon as they become available.
It’s important to note that each gorilla family for gorilla habituation experience can only host a maximum of four people per day. This is because the mountain gorillas in these families are still semi-habituated, and Uganda Wildlife Authority limits the number of visitors. As a result, only four permits are available daily. To avoid missing out on this experience, interested clients should book gorilla habituation experience permits in advance since permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
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