Paying for a gorilla permit in installments
Paying for a gorilla permit in installments.

Paying for a gorilla permit in installments

Paying for a gorilla permit in installments – Gorilla trekking Uganda – Gorilla permits – Bwindi Impenetrable national park.

Have you thought about an encounter with the mountain gorillas of Uganda and you still have lots of time to plan, check on the weather put all logistics in order, and important of all acquire your gorilla trekking permit while paying for it in installments, this is the right blog.

If you still have time on your hands to plan for your gorilla trekking safari to Uganda, purchasing a gorilla permit in installments is possible and this is how you can do it.

What’s a gorilla permit?

This official government document allows you access to spend time with mountain gorillas in two of Uganda’s National Parks: Bwindi impenetrable and Mgahinga gorilla national parks. To go on any gorilla trek to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you need a valid gorilla permit that includes spending one hour with these great apes, park entry fees, a ranger guide, and a certificate at the end of your trek. For those interested in spending more hours still, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers a chance to spend four hours if you book a gorilla habituation experience permit.

How much is a gorilla permit?

A gorilla permit in Uganda costs 700 dollars for foreign nationals and is only issued to individuals of 15 years of age and above. Foreign residents with work permits in Uganda are charged 600 dollars and 250,000 Uganda shillings are charged to East African residents. The gorilla habituation permit cost 1500 dollars including four hours of access to the mountain gorillas from when you encounter them.

Paying for a gorilla permit in installments

All gorilla trekking permits for both Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga gorilla national game park are issued by one body and that’s the Uganda Wildlife Authority UWA the official government of Uganda body in charge of all national parks and conservation areas in the country. You can choose to pay your permit with 100% full payment or pay in installments with a 30% initial deposit, and 70% later.

Make an initial deposit of 30% of the total fee of your gorilla permit.

On booking your gorilla permit, you can pay 30% of $700 which is $210, and then pay the remaining 70% which is $490 three months before the trekking date. If you are interested in the gorilla habituation experience, your initial deposit of 30% will be $450, and the last deposit of 70%, $1050 three months before the trekking date.

What is included in the gorilla permit?

A gorilla permit is the most important element in planning your gorilla trekking safari to Uganda and the only document that guarantees access to the gorillas.

Paying for a gorilla permit in installments allows visitors effectively plan for their gorilla trekking safari to Uganda.

Terms and conditions followed when paying for a gorilla permit in installments

Whereas paying for your gorilla trekking permit in installments is possible there are terms and conditions to follow for this to happen

  • The initial 30% deposit is only accepted if the client is planning to trek three months or more before the actual trekking date. This, therefore means, paying for gorilla permits in installments applies to those visitors planning to go gorilla trekking in advance for 6 to two years
  • All permits bought in installments must be topped up three months before the trekking date otherwise the holder stands to lose out if not done.

Where to buy gorilla permits in Uganda

All gorilla trekking permits in Uganda for both Bwindi impenetrable and Mgahinga gorilla national parks are only issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). One can buy his or her gorilla permit directly by contacting UWA by email or telephone for the reservation of their gorilla trekking permits. This however has at many times proved to be challenging to many victors who have tried it and that’s why we advise using option two, which is using a licensed tours and travel agent in Uganda like Katland Safaris. Licensed tour operators are knowledgeable about booking a gorilla permit and putting together all the logistics necessary to make your gorilla trekking safari through Uganda an experience.

Process of booking gorilla trekking permit in Uganda

Whether planning to pay your gorilla permit in full or in installments, the process of reserving and securing your gorilla permit remains the same. It starts with checking the availability of the permit on the desired date of your choice, followed by reserving and then making payment. A gorilla permit can only be guaranteed if it is paid for. Gorilla permits are very scarce and to secure them, payment must be made as quickly as possible to avoid disappointments.

Much as it’s possible to book your gorilla permit directly, it is wise to hire the services of a licensed tour operator like Katland Safaris to do the job for several reasons. When contacted, checking availability, reservation, and securing your gorilla permit becomes extremely very simple and swift. If you get any challenges and you want to cancel or postpone your gorilla trip, Katland Safaris comes in to assist instead of you having to contact the relevant offices at the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Things to consider when paying for a gorilla permit in Uganda

Before proceeding with any gorilla bookings, note that permits are issued as per sectors and it is this that will determine your overnight accommodation and route to be used to the gorilla destination.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has four sectors with each sector having around 4 to 5 habituated mountain gorilla families open for gorilla trekking. These regions are Nkuringo, Rushaga, Ruhija, and Buhoma. When booking gorilla trekking permits for a particular region, we recommend that you consider lodging options in that region and their availability.

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April 23, 2024
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