There are only three places in the whole world where mountain gorillas are trekked. Uganda is one of these three countries. The other countries are Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Most tourists are lured to these countries just for the mountain gorilla trekking experience. Uganda is the best country to acquire a gorilla permit in Uganda because it is cheaper in Uganda than Rwanda. A gorilla permit in Rwanda per head costs $1500. While in Uganda it costs just $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents: 250,000Ugandan Shillings for East African nationals. All the countries offer the same experience but at a higher price. Below are some of the reasons why a gorilla permit in Uganda is more affordable in Uganda compared to Rwanda;
Uganda is not a well marketed country compared to Rwanda. Despite the fact that it is endowed with various gems of tourist attractions. Its because of this Uganda has to maintain a low cost in order to attract more tourists.
Furthermore, Uganda has cheaper permits because trekking is done in either Mgahinga gorilla national park or Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. These are a long way from the Entebbe international airport and the whole gorilla trekking experience takes 3 days. On the other hand in Rwanda the parks are near the international airport and the road infrastructure is of high quality therefore tourists that hate long, tedious car rides end up going to Rwanda therefore to attract the tourists to Uganda, low price permits are maintained.
Finally permits in Uganda are cheaper in Uganda because the Ugandan economy has plenty of other activities to earn from like agriculture, oil and many others unlike Rwanda.
How to acquire a Ugandan and Rwandan trekking permit?
This is through sending an email or contacting either Uganda Wildlife Authority or Rwanda Development Board. The less inconveniencing way though is through contacting us with the dates you desire to trek. You will be informed about the availability of the permits. Journey’s Uganda will take care of the entire process from acquiring the permit to picking you from the airport on your day of arrival. You will not even have to worry about accommodation or transportation for Journey’s Uganda will have you sorted.
Best time to book your Ugandan or Rwandan Permit
Gorilla trekking attracts a lot of tourists to Uganda. This is especially in the peak season which is starts from June to August then December to February. The peak season is also the dry season as the tracks are dry and easy to penetrate as the vegetation on the trails is less vibrant. This therefore means that the demand for permits during this season is high therefore for one to enjoy to the max. Valiant Uganda Safaris would advise you to book your permit around 3 months to the intended trekking dates.
Why Valiant Uganda Safaris?
Valiant Uganda Safaris has spectacular guides that will make your safari worth it in every way. The guides are passionate and add a personal touch to each activity therefore you are ensured of enjoying the best experience. This can be evidenced with the numerous positive reviews from our former clients. When you book a safari with Valiant Uganda Safaris you are ensured to create and maintain a magnificent professional relationship with the company. We will always be open to offer our services to you whenever you wish to visit Uganda.