I know most of you have been waiting for this big announcement from Uganda Wildlife Authority but thanks that it has finally come out straight that in November this year, gorilla trekking permit prices will be reduced as follows;-
Foreign residents -$250
Ugandans –UGX 10,000
This is one of the key drives used by the authority to attract tourists especially gorilla trekking lovers during November.
Though Uganda has managed to discount its permits, Rwanda has not yet shown any sign of reducing the price and it has maintained it at $750.They attribute this to the low tourist season expected characterized of few safaris.
Gorilla trekking permits are highly competitive as many people want to experience this wonderful adventure in the rainforests of Africa. With a few mountain gorillas left in the world (about 900), there are only 3 countries where a visitor can have a glance at them and thee are Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Half of this population is believed to be in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Other places where they are found are Mgahinga National Park of Uganda, Virungas (Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park) and Virunga of Congo.
Rwanda and Uganda are the best destinations for gorilla safaris simply because of the insecurity in Democratic Republic of Congo which puts the lives of the tourists in danger. Another reason is that the mountain gorillas of DRC are never settled in one place as they keep on crossing the boarders and this makes tracking them uncertain.
However, the experience offered in any of the parks is almost similar and currently the main factor determining where to go gorilla trekking is the availability or cost of the permit. It is this factor that most visitors first consider as they plan their trip and this is the reason why Uganda is likely to attract more visitors than its neighbors. They will have a chance of visiting the 10 habituated families in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, 9 of which are available for tracking and 1 is dedicated to research. Only eight people are allowed to visit a given gorilla permit per day and a total of 77 gorilla permits are issued on a daily basis. In Rwanda, only 56 people are allowed to visit the various families per day