Embarking on a gorilla trekking journey in Uganda is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that every traveler aspires to before they bid adieu to our planet. To realize this dream, meticulous planning is essential. The time to plan your gorilla trekking adventure is now, as securing gorilla permits and organizing your safari for 2023 should be a priority before permits become scarce.
The availability of gorilla permits is a dynamic situation that can change by the hour. To ensure that you secure your permits while they are still available, it’s crucial to act promptly and avoid the disappointment of late bookings. During the peak months of June, July, August, December, January, and February, demand for gorilla trekking permits surges, making advanced booking a necessity. It’s important to note that as of July 2020, gorilla permits for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park will increase to $700 per person per trek.
Anticipating your gorilla adventure well in advance is wise. You can reach out to us to inquire about the availability of gorilla permits. By providing the desired date, month, and year, we can check for available slots. Once availability is confirmed, an invoice for full payment will be sent to you, enabling you to secure your gorilla trekking permits. Subsequently, we will proceed to the Uganda Wildlife Authority office in Kampala to pay for and confirm your permits. With permits secured, we can proceed to organize other essential services.
Once your gorilla permit is confirmed, it’s time to book your accommodation. Gorilla permits are allocated based on trekking sectors, such as Rushaga, Nkuringo, Ruhija, or Buhoma. Therefore, booking your lodging in proximity to the starting point or a Uganda Wildlife Authority office is essential for a smooth morning departure. Accommodation should be booked early to avoid missing out, especially since lodges may require deposits to secure bookings.
Upon securing your gorilla permit and accommodation, arranging transportation is vital. While some travelers opt for public transport, it’s advisable to book transportation through a reputable tour operator. This ensures reliability and minimizes the risk of missing your trek due to unforeseen travel disruptions. Choosing a proper vehicle, preferably a safari Land Cruiser or jeep, is recommended due to the challenging roads leading to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Preparation is key for your gorilla adventure. As mountain gorillas inhabit the high altitudes of Bwindi, where weather can be unpredictable, proper gear is essential. Packing appropriate clothing and gear is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable trek through the tropical rainforest of Bwindi.
While tipping is not mandatory, expressing gratitude for exceptional service is always appreciated. Tipping guidelines can be found by clicking on the link, offering insight into proper tipping etiquette during your gorilla trekking adventure.
Trek Africa Tours is your partner in planning your gorilla adventure in Uganda. We handle all aspects, from securing gorilla permits to transportation logistics. Contact us now for more information and to embark on your unforgettable gorilla trekking journey.