Low Season Gorilla Permits In Uganda
Low Season Gorilla Permits In Uganda- A gorilla permit is a card issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority allowing one to trek mountain gorillas in either Mgahinga gorilla national park or Bwindi impenetrable forest national park both located in the southwestern part of Uganda.
Uganda used to offer cheap permits in the low season of April, May, October, and November but when Rwanda increased her permits from $750 to $1500 Uganda stopped offering low season permits and all permit snow cost 700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents and shs250,000 for East African Citizens throughout the year for dry and wet seasons.
Low season gorilla permits are still offered by Uganda Wildlife Authority in conjunction Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) for only tour operators registered under this organization can access the low season permits. however, this is not so frequent and the offer comes once in a while.
Though Uganda doesn’t offer low-season gorilla permits anymore. Uganda still remains the best place to trek mountain gorillas compared to Rwanda where the permits are too expensive and the security situation in DR Congo is always unstable hence living Uganda is the top destination for gorilla trekking where even budget travelers can afford a gorilla permit.
What is the best time to trek gorillas?
The best time to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park is from June to September and December to February. This is the best time for trekking because the trails are not muddy and slippery and the roads leading to the parks are all accessible in good conditions.
Uganda and Rwanda both experience an average temperature that is about 22 and these temperatures always drop at night to 12. Uganda’s rainfall levels are between 1000-2000mm per annum. But the region generally gives clear skies throughout the year enabling gorilla trekking throughout the year.
This normally happens in the months of June, July, August September, December, January, and February. During these months less rainfall is experienced as it’s overtaken by the sunshine.
January-February and June-September is the best period to do gorilla trekking both in Uganda and Rwanda. Although this period is termed as year-round up activities, these two countries during this period are always experiencing dry seasons hence enabling visitors to choose trekking in the dry season also known as the high seasons.
December is also another busy month. It’s the busiest month of the year based on the fact that the whole world is always off for Christmas holidays and year-end. Therefore, we strongly advise you to book your gorilla trekking permits as early as possible to avoid disappointments and for proper planning.
If you need the best gorilla trekking conditions with no worries about prices, the high season is the best for you. these countries Uganda and Rwanda have raised topography meaning the climate is fairly cool throughout the year, despite some serious walking/hiking that may result in feeling hot.
Tourists who usually come in low season experience real adventure to the fullest. This is because, during the low season, there are always few people in the jungle. There are also price reductions in accommodation facilities since fewer tourists come into the country and lodges are in less demand in this season and there is always availability of gorilla and chimpanzee permits because of fewer tourists coming in.
While in rainy seasons you may incur some challenges in traveling both in Uganda and Rwanda, a day is never lost due to rains, surprisingly days have both rain and sunshine, this means that despite wetness and coldness its usually favorable for you to continue with your activities as stated in your itinerary whether it rains or not gorilla trekking is conducted daily as it has never been canceled due to the bad weather.
What to carry for a gorilla tour
Gorilla trekking / gorilla habituation is not just like other activities like going out for game driving, tourists coming for gorilla trekking should first of all be physically fit because it will require them to hike to higher elevations of tropical rainforests. Tourists trekking mountain gorillas should come along with plenty of drinking water, energy-giving snacks, insect repellents, good waterproof hiking shoes, good quality camera, sunscreen, a hat, garden gloves, long-sleeved clothes, and much more.