In order to see the gorillas in the wild, it is a requirement to hold valid gorilla permits. A gorilla permit is a permission that is given to all those interested in trekking gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda or DRC. The gorilla permits for Mgahinga National Park are sold and issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
Price: Currently gorilla permits can be booked at USD600 per person.
Holding a gorilla permit allows you watch the mountain gorillas for a maximum of one hour in the jungles of Mgahinga National Park. Although mountain gorillas live in three countries of DRC in the Virunga National park, In Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, and Bwindi’s impenetrable national park of Uganda.
For those who are interested in trekking mountain gorillas, Mgahinga National Park is one of the best places where gorillas can be seen. Just like, the gorilla permits of Bwindi forest, Uganda Wildlife Authority charge the same price for Mgahinga National Park. The Mgahinga permit costs $ 600 per person per person and it is not transferable. The process of booking the gorilla permit is easy. You just need to visit the UWA offices in Kampala or Kisoro and make a payment for the passes. You can also book the gorilla permit through a local tour operator.
What Is Included in the Gorilla Permit?
The Mgahinga Gorilla Permits therefore guarantees visitors to see or track the gorillas for one hour. The gorilla permit also include park entry fees for Mgahinga National Park so you don’t have to pay extra to enter the park for gorilla tracking. Please note that for other activities other than gorilla tracking, you will need to pay for park entrance fees separately!
The gorilla permit fee also includes the ranger or guides fee who will be with you in the forest looking for the gorillas. However, visitors can tip guides and rangers as per their wish.
The permits also include security as you are in the forest since you will be walking in the forest national park. The security is in the form of UWA rangers that are armed and tourism police. This also means that Mgahinga gorilla permits exclude, transport, meals and accommodation in Mgahinga National Park. This should also be booked differently with the help of your tour operator.
How Many Permits are Available for Mgahinga?
Unlike Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which has got over 13 gorilla families, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has got only one habituated gorilla family i.e the Nyakagezi Gorilla Family that is composed of 9 members. This means that one each day, there are only 8 permits are available. Therefore this means that those interested in tracking gorillas in Mgahinga should book their permits in advance to reduce on chances of losing out. We recommend that you check for availability and book within a time frame of at least three months in advance, in case you contact us, we can check with them the availability at Uganda Wildlife Authority, just send us an email so that we can help you check for availability.
Gorilla Permit Rules