Why Gorilla Permits in Uganda are Scarce


Mountain gorilla tracking is largely well known as the best wildlife encounter in the whole world. These endangered giant Apes can only be tracked in three countries (Uganda, Rwanda and DRC). Gorilla permits in Uganda cost US$ 600, permits in Rwanda cost US$ 1500 and DRC permits cost US$ 400. In Uganda there are two parks where mountain Gorilla can be tracked namely Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. Bwindi is a home to half of the population of mountain gorilla - the park protects 330 km2 of afro-montane forest and is a refuge to the rare and endemic flora and fauna of the Albertine Rift.

 In Uganda, 96 permits are sold daily to tour companies, at least 88 gorilla permits of which are in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, 8 permits are in Mgahinga National park both in southwestern Uganda. Uganda Wildlife Authority allows a maximum of 8 tourists to visit each gorilla group at a time, allowing a total of 96 tourists to trek mountain gorillas per day. Most tourists who visit Uganda come to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat - see how they feed, play among other activities.

The 2019-2020 Gorilla permit shortage in Uganda is attributed to a number of reasons;

Increment of Rwanda gorilla permits tariffs

An increase in the price of gorilla permits from US$ 750 to US$ 1500 from all visitors who want to track mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Gorilla tracking being a unique experience, Rwanda raised the prices of permits in order to ensure sustainability of conservation initiatives and enhance visitors’ experience hence creating great opportunity to high demand of gorilla permits in Uganda. Volcanoes National Park is a home to 10 habituated gorilla families for tourism in Rwanda.

Insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Over the past twenty years, Africa has enjoyed an impressive record in economic growth and steady progress in political stability marked by the end of conflicts in a number of countries, and consolidation of the democratic process in many others. However, instability remains a critical challenge for some of Africa, especially in the Great Lake region. In particular, the insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a major limitation to economic and social development in the country and in the region as a whole hence promoting gorilla tourism in Uganda and scarcity of gorilla permits at the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Kindly contact Adyeri Creations Ltd so that we can book for you gorilla permits in Uganda, it is advisable to book in advance so that you don’t miss a great experience with the Giant Apes.