Avoid making the The Number 1 Gorilla Permit Mistake

Posted by on August 16, 2019

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

Sure Ways of getting your Gorilla Permit during the Peak Seasons of the Year in Uganda


 Avoid making the Number 1 Gorilla Permit Mistake – Each year, especially during the Peak Tourism Season of June through October and December through March there are African Travelers who miss out on Gorilla Trekking. 

The reason is that they unknowingly have made the Number 1 Gorilla Mistake resulting in no  Gorilla Trekking Permit or the rarer Gorilla Habituation Experience Permit.  A Mistake that can easily be avoided but is not because African Travelers make their plans based on their Safari in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and after that they try to fit in a few days in Uganda Gorilla and even Chimp Trekking and the available dates do not meet with Permits available on those days.

We give you the simple Solution that Avoids the Number 1 Permit Mistake, which is this.  “Do not plan your safari focusing on your time in the Masai Mara or the Serengeti, on the beaches of Zanzibar and then try to add Gorillas and Chimpanzees.  Gorilla Permits, Chimpanzee Permits are limited in availability, game drives in Kenya or Tanzania are not.  Unlike most other Safari Activities in Africa, Gorilla Trekking is a pretty limited, exclusive and yes, expensive Activity and due to conservation reasons, the number of visitors, of trekkers is limited.  The answer is simple, plan your time in Africa around your Gorilla Trek, and everything else will fall into place.


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, possibly into the wrong airport, begin by securing your Gorilla Permit, by booking you Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda with us. Give Uganda, Africa’s Premier Primate Destination more time than a Gorilla Trek or the one-of-a-kind Gorilla Habituation Experience, add Chimpanzee Trekking or the all-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, Golden Monkeys, the Batwa Pygmies, the original people of the Rainforest  in this part of Africa, and the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha, Volcano Climbing, and the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.

Gorilla Trekking is based on permits for specific dates.  They are booked as far as one year ahead of your arrival Time – Best to book the Gorilla Safari Portion first.

Book your Gorilla Trekking Safari – First.


Gorilla Permits increase from $600 to $700 July 1,2020

If your Gorilla Safari is scheduled after July 1, 2020, you will pay the $700 Permit Price 


Uganda Gorilla Permit Price increases from $600 to $700 effective July 1, 2020. The $100 increase will go  to conservation efforts and to community infrastructure projects that benefit the communities surrounding the Gorilla Parks.

As of July 1, 2020, 80% of Permits will be allocated to registered Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO). 20% will go to the general public and freelance operators. An e-system will be in place for Tour Operator with online payment options, including the use of Mobile Money, which is a convenient way for payments in Uganda.

This nominal price increase should not be a hindrance for most gorilla trekkers. The price of an entire three day Gorilla increased less than 10% for a moderately priced safari.


 2. Plan Well in Advance for Gorilla Permits and Lodging:

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

Permits for the Gorilla Habituation Experience, even though it is 1,500 USD for a permit will go first.  This is not used car-sales hype but the simple reality.  Exclusive Lodges such as Clouds Mountain Gorilla 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 Gorilla 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 of 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 are offering Gorilla Trekking Safaris, but less than 25% belong to the Association of Uganda Tour Operators – AUTO.  Members of AUTO, such as Kabiza Wilderness Safaris is an authorized agent, that partners with the Uganda Wildlife Authority in the sale and promotion of Gorilla Permits.  AUTO Members receive 80%  have online access to regular Gorilla Trekking Permits availability.  The Gorilla Habituation Permit availability has to be checked with UWA by phone or in person.

AUTO members such as ourselves receive priority treatment, foreign tour operators have to purchase permits through a Ugandan Tour Operators who is a member of AUTO and pay an added fee that is passed on by them 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 is a result of 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 up-close encounters with the Gentle Giants of the Forest.