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GORILLA AND TRACKING PERMITS

 

Once on the brink of extinction, the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and Uganda are making a comeback, thanks to the work of the incredible rangers who guard them daily and the work of all conservation efforts.

 

Gorilla Permit Availability and Cost

 

Gorilla tracking permits are limited to 8 permits per gorilla family per day. In Rwanda, 56 permits are available per day and in Uganda, 32. Mgahinga has 8 per day. Gorilla permits currently cost $600 per permit in Uganda, and $750 per permit in Rwanda. Permits cannot be reserved and as such, have to be bought and paid in full on date of booking. As such, there may be 24 permits available for a specific date when you make an enquiry and the next day, all permits may be sold.

 

Once you have decided on your date of tracking, if permits are available we will request full payment for the permit. If by the time the funds are cleared the permits have been sold out, we will give a full refund. Once the permit is bought and secured, there is a 100% cancellation penalty.

Fast Facts

All year

Best: June to September
December to February

Tour: From 3 days

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Gorilla Tracking

The Gorillas in Uganda, live in the areas of Bwindi which has four habituated families with 32 permits now available per day. Three of the families are in Buhoma, namely Mubare, Habinyanja, and Rushegura and one in Nkuringo, called the Nkuringo group. This particular group, is difficult to track.

 

The Bwindi forest is a very thick lush tropical forest on steep sides slopes and so tracking the gorilla can be a lot harder going than in Rwanda. It is far more challenging because of the hills and can take anywhere between 3 and 10 hours in total, from start to finish. On the odd occasion, one is lucky enough to find the gorilla quickly, particularly if they are on the lower slopes. Access to the Nkuringo group is on a very steep trail.

There is also a  group in Mgahinga, but the family tend to migrate between there and the Congo and as such, one cannot purchase a permit in advance. The only way to arrive tot eh park on the day with cash, and purchase the permits if the Gorillas are available to be seen.

 

Rwanda Gorilla Tracking

Gorilla are tracked from the

Parc National des Volcans

which currently has 7 groups and thus 56 permits available per day.  The gorilla families here are those of Group 13, Sabinyo (which also has the largest of al the silver backs, Kahunga), Amahoro , Umubano, Susa, Kwitonda which has crossed from Djomba in the DRC and Hirwa which has recently formed from different habituated families. The Susa group is the largest and thus the best for photographic purposes.

 

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