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When Should One Book a Gorilla Tracking Permit?

When Should One Book a Gorilla Tracking Permit; Gorilla tracking in Uganda is a remarkable and sought-after experience, as Uganda harbors half of the world’s mountain gorillas found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
To ensure a smooth adventure, securing your gorilla tracking permit  at the right time and season is an additional advantage. This guide shows you when it is the right time to book and how you can book your next adventure.

The Importance of Gorilla Tracking Permits

But first you must understand why gorilla tracking permits are necessary. These permits are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and are required for anyone wishing to track in the only two Gorilla habituation parks, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These permits regulate the number of visitors to protect the endangered mountain gorillas and contribute to conservation efforts that also support local communities.

Best Time to Book Your Permit

  1. Seasons:
    Dry season: Due to high demand, it is recommended to book 6 months in advance to secure your permit. Gorillas in Uganda can be tracked any month throughout the year as Ugandan weather is un predictable but most favorable especially to foreigners who compare it to other countries as “Uganda is a blessed country”
    Wet seasons: The wet seasons providing a unique experience as the tracking conditions require more energy  since the forests become denser. Regardless, booking a gorilla permit would be recommended 3 months in advance.
  2. Group Size:
    On arrival at the briefing point, Gorilla tracking groups are limited to 8 people per gorilla family each day. For those traveling in larger groups, they will be divided into different groups and track different gorilla families 
  3. Holidays:
    During holidays like summer, Gorilla permits sell out fast therefore booking a trip during some months like July to September which is peak season here  is paramount. One needs at least 3-6months in advance before travelling.
  4. Travel Plans:
    ◦ Flexible travel dates, make it easier to book permits nearing the start of your trip. However, being flexible does not guarantee availability therefore it is still advisable to plan ahead.

Booking Process and Tips

  1. Traveling with us:
    Traveling with a tour operator is convenient as we handle the whole tedious process including securing permits, organizing transportation and arranging accommodations.
  2. Traveling solo:
    One must book a gorilla permit through a registered and licensed  Tour Operator. This alternative also allows you to check the availability and secure the permit online.
  3. Last-Minute Bookings: Obtaining permits with last-minute travel plans, can be possible with the help your tour operator though availability may be limited. Your tour operator can assist in finding any last-minute cancellations or available slots. Therefore one should book a Gorilla Tracking permit in Uganda any season throughout the year. Uganda being the home to half of the world’s population of gorillas should be a trip worth considering to conserve and protect these endangered species. This outlined guide should help you do that.

Are you looking forward to a memorable adventure with Uganda’s majestic mountain gorillas? Contact us today at for assistance on your gorilla tracking journey.
Our experienced team is dedicated to making your trip a smooth one.

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