You need gorilla permit handled by each of the national parks to trek mountain gorillas. Encounter Africa Safaris provides relevant gorilla permit booking information for Rwanda and Uganda to enable you plan your gorilla safari well.

Usually you have to obtain a gorilla permit several months in advance. We always advise at least 5 months in advance or prior to your visit. While booking a gorilla tour, always pay your gorilla permit fee in advance to enable us acquire it for you.

Gorilla trekking is guaranteed when you acquire a permit. Uganda and Rwanda gorilla permits are very competitive and scarce most especially during peak seasons of June, July, August, September, December and February. Sometimes gorilla tracking permits get sold out four months in advance so any traveller needs to book a gorilla permits 3-4 month in advance. Kindly follow our gorilla permit booking information for details.

What is a gorilla permit?

gorilla permit is a document or card issued by ORTPN, Rwanda Development Board or Uganda Wildlife Authority that allows any traveller above 15 years of age to trek mountain gorillas in any of the three habitats – Bwindi Impenetrable national Park, Mgahinga National Park (Uganda) and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. A permit allows you to view gorillas for only one hour but the gorilla trekking itself can take a minimum of 30 minutes or up to nine hours while looking for gorillas in the forest. For discounted gorilla tracking safaris, Encounter Africa is your reliable partner.

Our Gorilla Permit Booking Information is aimed at providing you details to prepare well for your gorilla safari.

How much does a gorilla permit cost?

A gorilla permit in Uganda costs USD $600 per person and USD1500.00 for gorilla habituation experience permits. A single gorilla permit can only be used once (single day), by a single person and to trek Uganda gorillas in only two destinations,  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National.

Buy your gorilla permits or secure your gorilla permit in Kampala (the capital of Uganda) at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters by paying USD $600.00 per person for foreign non residents, USD500.00 for foreign residents with working permits and sh250,000 for East African Citizens. Encounter Africa Safaris organizes all inclusive safaris to see gorillas including our popular 3 day budget gorilla safari to Bwindi

In Rwanda you can get permits through the Rwanda Development Board offices (ORTPN) in Kigali or Ruhengeri (near the PNV) after paying $1500.00.