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Avoid making the The Number 1 Gorilla Permit Mistake

Posted by on February 23, 2021

3 Ways to Avoid the Number 1 Gorilla Permit Mistake in Uganda

Make the Gorilla Safari with Permit your Priority


Gorilla Permit MistakeAvoid making the Number 1 Gorilla Permit Mistake:  Each year, especially during the Peak Tourism Seasons of June through October and December through March. Many do not get a permit for the days that they want.

The reason is that they unknowingly have committed the Number 1 Gorilla Mistake resulting in no Permit for their intended Gorilla Safari.

 It is a Mistake that can easily be avoided but often is not. The number 1 mistake that travelers make is that they book their Safari last. They first make plans and set the dates for a Safari in Kenya or Tanzania and, as an afterthought, contact us to squeeze in Gorilla Trekking and are disappointed when they find out that there are no permits. 

We give you the simple Solution that Avoids the Number 1 Permit Mistake. “Do not plan your safari focusing on your time in the Maasai Mara or the Serengeti, on the beaches of Zanzibar, and then try to add Gorillas and Chimpanzees.”

Gorilla Permits, Chimpanzee Permits are limited in number, and they are for a specific day. You can take game drives. Times on Indian Ocean beaches can be done anytime, unlike Gorilla Trekking. Our suggestion, plan your time in Africa around your Primate Treks in Uganda.


Here are 3 Simple Ways to Avoid the Number 1 Gorilla Permit Mistake


1. Plan your African Trip around Your Gorilla Trek in Uganda:

Before you book your time in Kenya or Tanzania, before you book your flights, begin by securing your Gorilla Permit and book your Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda.

Gorilla Trekking is based on permits for specific dates. They are booked as far as one year ahead.  It is best to book your Safari in Uganda first after your tour operator has secured the permits for you.

As we ease into the Post-COVID-19 travel season and travelers are concerned about traveling to too many destinations, we suggest going with the suggestion that Winston Churchill gave us “Concentrate on Uganda…It is the Pearl of Africa.”

Concentrate focus on Uganda, one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. A country that is home to the Big-5, but the Big-7, the Big-5 plus Gorillas and Chimpanzees.

We suggest that you book that you consider booking your primate safari in Uganda first.

Book your Gorilla Trekking Safari – First.


2. Plan Well in Advance for Gorilla Permits and Choice of Lodges:

Gorilla Trekking needs to be planned well ahead of the time you set foot into the Pearl of Africa, Uganda. We suggest at least six months ahead of time, more if you plan to be here during the Holiday Season in December.

Even though it is 1,500 USD for a permit, Permits for the Habituation Experience will go first. It is not used car-sales hype but the simple reality.

Exclusive Lodges such as Clouds Mountain Lodge during the Peak months of the year will also be booked well in advance by Safari Tour Operators such as ourselves for clients.

For most Primate Trekking Safaris, it is best to fly into Kigali – Rwanda, where we meet you and take you to Uganda to either Mgahinga Gorilla Park or the southern area Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Plan Ahead for your Gorilla Trekking Safari


3. Plan & Book your Gorilla Trekking Safari with a Member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators:

2,000 plus Tour Operators offer Gorilla Trekking Safaris, but less than 25% belong to the Association of Uganda Tour Operators – AUTO.

Members of AUTO, such as Kabiza Wilderness Safaris, are an authorized agent who partners with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to sell and promote Gorilla Permits.  AUTO Members receive 80%  have online access to regular Gorilla Trekking Permits availability.

AUTO members such as ourselves receive priority treatment. Foreign tour operators have to purchase permits through Ugandan Tour Operators for a fee.

Foreign and International tour operators pay an added fee that they pass on to their clients. Avoid that by buying Ugandan Permits from a Ugandan member of Auto.

Plan & Book your Gorilla Trekking Safari with a Member of AUTO such as Kabiza Wilderness Safaris


Avoid the Number 1 Permit Mistake in Uganda – Our Take:

We want to help you avoid the Number 1 Gorilla Permit Mistake in Uganda that results from not planning your time in Africa around Gorilla Trekking, not planning ahead, and not using a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators.

We have seen too many Gorilla Trekking plans shattered, especially plans for the limited 4-hour with a Gorilla Family on a Gorilla Habituation Experience.

We bring over ten years of Experience in Gorilla Tourism, and we know what to do to create that incredible Encounter with the Gentle Giants of the Forest in Uganda.  If Gorilla Trekking or the Gorilla Habituation is in your plans, we provide the one-stop Itinerary with permits for you.

There  are other pitfalls to a successful Gorilla Trek we can help you avoid

For Over a Decade, we have set up incredible encounters with the Gentle Giants of the Forest.

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