Securing gorilla permits from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters is a crucial step in obtaining permission to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda, particularly in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Obtaining and collecting these permits prior to the trekking date is vital, as they are required to be presented on-site in either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park. Obtaining these permits is one of the last but most important steps in the process of securing permission to see the gorillas in Uganda.
To collect your gorilla permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority head office in Kampala, you must have already completed the booking process. This process typically begins with contacting the Uganda Wildlife Authority or a tour operator such as Trek Africa Expeditions, to express your interest in trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda. The UWA reservations department will guide you through the booking process or a tour operator can assist you in booking your gorilla trekking permit on your behalf.
Upon contacting Trek Africa Expeditions, a dedicated safari consultant will verify the availability of gorilla permits in either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park by checking the Uganda Wildlife Authority system or contacting their reservations office. Once availability is confirmed, your assigned safari designer will inform you before sending an invoice for payment of the gorilla permits.
Trek Africa Expeditions provides two payment options. You may wire the funds directly to our bank account and provide us with proof of payment or pay instantly by credit card, which will incur a surcharge of 5% of the total amount. It typically takes 2-3 business days for the payment to reflect in our bank account. Once the payment has been received, we will withdraw the funds and make payment for your gorilla permits. Upon payment, UWA will provide us with a receipt, which serves as proof of payment for your gorilla permit. We will then send you scanned copies of these receipts for your records and review.
When booking a gorilla trekking permit with Uganda Wildlife Authority, the gorilla permit cards are printed one to two weeks before the trekking date. For those who have booked their permits with Trek Africa Expeditions, we provide a permit collection service where we send a representative to collect the permits on your behalf. Our office then uses the receipts and identification numbers to trace and print your gorilla permit at the UWA reservations office.
Once the gorilla permits are collected from Uganda Wildlife Authority, we securely store the original permits in our office until the day of your safari. We also provide scanned copies of the permit cards, in addition to the previously provided receipts. These copies are sent to you for your records and review, while the originals are safely kept until your safari commences.
Trek Africa Expeditions handles the booking and record-keeping of gorilla permits for hundreds of clients. To ensure that all records pertaining to gorilla permits are accurately filed and maintained, we keep hard and soft copies of all permits, as well as a fully functional database to facilitate tracking when necessary. Even if your gorilla permit card or receipt gets misplaced, we can easily retrieve it from our records.
On the day of your gorilla tour, your assigned guide will collect the original gorilla permit cards from our office and hold them on your behalf until they are presented to the warden or appropriate personnel at the gorilla trekking site. Should you wish to view the original permit cards, your guide will be happy to provide them.
For safaris that begin and end in Kigali, Rwanda, your gorilla permits will be collected from Uganda Wildlife Authority and sent directly to your lodge. Our guides will retrieve the permits in advance to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience.
Trek Africa Expeditions is a reputable and experienced gorilla trekking company that operates in Uganda and Rwanda. With over ten years of experience in conducting successful gorilla tours, we have established ourselves as a reliable choice for those looking to secure their gorilla permits.
Our dedication to customer satisfaction is reflected in the positive reviews left by our former clients on platforms such as TripAdvisor and Safari Bookings. We strive to provide affordable and value-for-money Uganda safaris, ensuring that our clients have an unforgettable and fulfilling experience.
When you choose Trek Africa Expeditions, you can trust us to handle the entire gorilla permit collection process on your behalf, ensuring that your permits are obtained and kept securely until your tour begins. Our team keeps detailed records of all permits, making it easy to track and retrieve them if needed.
Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help make your gorilla trekking experience in Uganda or Rwanda a success.