- April 11, 2022
- Posted by: administrator
- Categories: Favourite Encounter, Gorilla Destinations, gorilla safaris
There is a lot of information that needs to be acquainted with about a gorilla trekking experience. These include prices, sectors, conditions governing the gorilla permit, where to get permits from and the like. This piece is simply prepared to shed light on some of the gorilla trekking information as well as tip you on Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Mgahinga Forest NP
Top Tip Information
Experts encourage visitors to consider buying at least two permits allowing you to track on at least two separate days (there is only 1 visit to each group per day). So many benefits come this, even if it definitely costs more. You only get one hour with the gorillas (which equates to one permit) so giving yourself two opportunities will not only double your chances of having an incredible encounter, but will also give you the chance to view more individuals and a broader range of behavior. The weather is unpredictable so you could track one day in pouring rain, whilst the next morning has brilliant sunshine.
Key Factors to remember
There are many aspects to gorilla trekking information and here below we have broken down a few.
TRACKING TIME: Tracking time is between 8; 30am to 7; 00pm. Pre-tracking briefing is done each morning at the park headquarters starting at 7; 45am. All visitors are advised to attend this briefing session because a lot of information is shared. Additionally, all visitors are expected back to the starting point by 7; 00pm
VISITOR CATEGORY: – rates differ based on the residence status of the visitor. The three categories are NON-RESIDENT $700, EAST AFRICAN RESIDENT $600 and UGANDAN CITIZENS. Visitor category is verified at point of sale, through your chosen tour operator and also at the check-in prior to departure on the morning of trekking and please ring proof residence. However the gorilla habituation is a standard $1,500
ILLNESS: – any visitor showing signs of illness will not be allowed to visit the gorillas. A visitor shall be declared unfit to track due to illness by a warden –in-charge in the park. And 50% of the tracking fee will be refunded.
AGE LIMIT: – The minimum age limit for visiting gorillas is 15 years. There is need to provide proof of age. The minimum age for chimpanzee tracking is 12years.
VIEWING TIME. Visiting gorillas can only be done in an hour. To mean visitors are allowed to stay with gorillas for one (1) hour.
LIABILTY. The purchaser will not hold UWA or duly authorized agent(s) liable for any accidents, loss, damage or injury sustained while in the park.
Transferring permits between the different visitor categories is unacceptable. Selling permits for values different from those marked on the permit for different visitor categories is a crime. Culprits will be penalized.
And finally, this gorilla trekking information in Uganda may not 100% represent Rwanda in its entirety, however the race is a close one – age limit, viewing times, liability, illness all do apply. The rates however are different with the Rwanda gorilla permit standing at a majestic $1,500 each.
One last thing, it is entirely possible to combine Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Rwanda’s Virunga Volcanoes on the same holiday – the areas are less than a day’s drive apart and the combined experience is one for the books!