Best Months for Gorilla Trekking Permits in Uganda

Posted by on July 12, 2020

Which Months of the Year are Gorilla Permits readily Available.

Frequent Question: What are the Best Months for Gorilla Trekking Permits in Uganda?

Best Months for Gorilla Trekking PermitsThe Best Months for Gorilla Trekking Permits in Uganda when it comes to gorilla permit availability.  Some months are sold out, while in others, few remain. 

Rwanda’s Gorilla Permit price of 1,500 USD keeps many from turning there, and even there during the peak season, months very limited number of Permits are available. 

Some may look at the Democratic Republic of Congo to obtain permits for trekking Mountain Gorillas Virunga National Park.  The Park reopened in February of 2019. However, in March of 2019, another Ranger was killed there. The security risks there make it a no-go-zone, in our opinion.  Only one with an Indiana Jones-like mentality would venture there. 

The Best Months for Gorilla Trekking Permits. The Alternative and for Best Availability of Permits Trek Gorillas in Safe and Secure Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Park during April, May, October, and November. During those months, permits, including the now rare Gorilla Habituation Experience Permits, are available, and we will gladly arrange a Gorilla Safari for you during those months.

Best Months for Gorilla Trekking Permits – The months April, May, October, and November, are off-season months, and most Gorilla luxury lodges will have discounted prices an added plus for Upmarket Trekkers.  Those are rainy season months when it is more likely to rain. 

The reality that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a tropical Afro-Montane Rainforest and it can rain on any day.  When it does rain, it most often rains at night or early in the morning.  Gorilla Trekking takes place Rain or Shine – no one complains about the rain, and most wear a rain jacket or poncho.  If you come from the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. or British Columbia, you will feel right at home. Be mindful that even during the so-called rainy season, the Sun comes out every day.

Best Months for Gorilla Trekking Permits in UgandaWhy are Gorilla Permits in short supply during Peak Months? Why is there a shortage of permits during the Peak Season Months?  Why a permit shortage when Uganda has almost Twice the number of Permits than Rwanda, over half the remaining number of Mountain Gorillas, and the most Habituated Gorilla Families open for visitation? 

The answer is simple – Ugandan Permits are $800 less than in Uganda. Trekkers have realized that Uganda is the Gorilla Tourism version of T.J. Maxx – affordability without a compromise in the quality of the experience.

Even Rwandan Tour Operators have realized that. They are selling Gorilla Safaris in Uganda. That despite the remarkable and some of the best marketing efforts in all of Africa by Rwanda.  Even the Arsenal British Premier Football team having “Visit Rwanda” or Ellen DeGeneres gushing on her popular TV Show in the U.S. does not change one fact. That fact being the Elephant in the room, or should we say “Gorilla” in the place is the 900 USD Price difference. (800 USD after June 30th, 2020)

Best Months for Gorilla Trekking Permits in UgandaThe 900 USD price difference is the very reason that the National Geographic Traveller U.K. placed Uganda on their Cool Places list.

Ugandan Tourist Board officials will talk all about Uganda’s marketing strategy is making a difference in Tourist Arrivals. From our experience, and in our opinion, it is all about the “900 USD Gorilla Permit Price Difference.”

Uganda is the Primate Destination by having the most significant numbers of Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys. Uganda is home to the Big-5 in its 10 Wildlife Parks. Uganda is also home to the most remote Park in East Africa. A park where time has stood still – Kidepo Valley. There is River Nile, the largest lake in Africa with hidden Tropical Islands that can be enjoyed safely, with some of Africa’s Friendliest and best English Speaking People. No wonder that Uganda is a prime Safari Destination that you might just have overlooked.

Best Months for Gorilla Trekking Permits in 2020 and that includes Gorilla Habituation Experience Permits are April, Best Months for Gorilla Trekking Permits in UgandaMay, October, and November, and one could add the first week of December.  This window of permit availability will not remain once those desiring to Trek Gorillas in 2020 realize that the only way that they can is by trekking during those months.

Please avoid the Number-1 Mistake that aspiring Gorilla Trekkers make – Booking the Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari after they have booked a Safari in Tanzania, Kenya, or elsewhere in Africa.  What is the Number-1 on your Bucket List of things to do and see in Africa?  If it is Mountain Gorillas, then book your Gorilla Safari with us first. After that book, the rest of you African elsewhere. You might want to consider making Uganda your focal point for your Safari instead of trying to take in half the African continent on your first visit here.

The Good news for Gorilla Trekkers is this – you can track the Gentle Giants of the Forest in 2020 if you follow our suggestion.  If that does not work for you, then the only practical alternative is to book your Safari in Uganda for 2020 now.  Avoid the Permit Rush book ahead.

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