Acquiring a gorilla permit or pass to see gorillas is the most important card when planning to go on a gorilla safari. You cannot confirm travel dates without confirming it first as they are usually sold out early. All tourists must have Gorilla permits while entering the park and must advisable to obtained one at least 5 months before you travel to Africa. As soon as you confirm your trip, you need to pay the gorilla permit fee in order for the company to have them secured. Getting gorilla permits particularly during the peak season can be very competitive. You can acquire gorilla permits on your own but in our experience shows that travelers find the process cumbersome. Mission Africa Safaris will help you quickly get the permits and put together your entire gorilla tracking safari. We will help you organize transport, accommodation and get the permits. The cost of the gorilla permits is included in the overall total cost shared with you. Gorilla permits cost differently in the three countries.Book Tour
Rwanda: Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done at the volcanoes national park. Permits in Rwanda cost USD 1500 and are obtained from the Rwanda Tourism Board offices in Kigali or Ruhengeri which is near the park. Their website is http://www.rwandatourism.com. The newly hiked prices for gorilla permits has made many tourist resort to Uganda.
Uganda: Tracking gorillas is done in Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Bwindi has 11 gorilla families while Mgahinga has only one large gorilla family. The cost of trekking gorillas is USD 600 per day in Uganda. The permits are obtained from the Uganda Wild Life Authority (UWA) in their Kampala headquarters. Their website is http://www.ugandawildlife.org. UWA issues about 120 gorilla permits per day for both gorilla families in Bwindi and Mgahinga. Should you decide to book the permit by yourself, then you need to contact UWA by email requesting a reservation with information about your dates of travel. We prefer doing the booking on your behalf especially during the peak seasons. Bwindi park has several gorilla families and you permit will determine which gorilla family to track as well as your accommodation. There may be discounts in the low seasons of April, May and November – but it all depends on the number of tourist booked for the period.
Democratic Republic of Congo: A mountain gorilla tracking permit costs USD 400 per day in Congo. Booking permits in Congo is done either directly in the park or using a tour operator. You will not be sent scanned copies to confirm booking like it is done in Uganda or Rwanda. The park or tour operator helps you reserve the permit based on mutual trust. There are discounts!! This information is usually shared with park officials, tour operators and others kept in the loop. We can also help you book permits to track Lowland gorillas at Kahuzi Biega national park. The permits to track Lowland gorillas can be secured last minute but we recommend that you plan your booking in advance just to be sure.
Looking at the cost of a gorilla permits, one might be tempted to wonder if it’s all worth it any way. Mountain gorillas are an endangered species with about 900 remaining. Mountain Gorillas are only found in Congo, Uganda and Rwanda. The experience of seeing mountain gorillas is unique. The proceeds are used to fund conservation efforts in the region. The local communities and former poachers gain economically from the employment opportunities.
Requirements to book a gorilla permit.
- 15 Years and above
- Your Tracking Dates depend on availability
- Passport number details that should be sent to your travel operator. Gorilla permits are not transferable and you will be asked for identification at the park to check if your information details match that on the permit.
- Payments are made by bank transfer or Pesapal (A payment link is sent to you).