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Make a Gorilla Trekking Surprise for your 15 Year Old Child

Make a Gorilla Trekking Surprise for your 15 Year Old Child

Gorilla Trekking SupriseAs a parent or guardian, you can make a gorilla trekking surprise for a 15 year old son or daughter. Gorilla trekking is a lifetime adventure for most people but with a minimum age limit. Trekking to see gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo, you must be 15 years and above. Visiting gorillas in the jungle has got no upper age limit as long as one is physically fit and strong to make any moderate hiking. But even weaker ones due to age or physical disability can be lifted on stretchers to go and see gorillas in the wild.

Now you love your children and wish that they could go trek gorillas in Africa. That’s a good wish which has got restrictions as per gorilla trekking rules and regulations in Uganda or Rwanda. But you can make arrangements when you child is around 13 or 14 years of age. Book a gorilla permit in advance in preparations for a surprise when he/she comes of age. It’s not hard, many people book permits 1 or 2 years in advance and they trek gorillas when the dates come.

As a gorilla trekking company, we have received many inquiries from parents or sponsors of underage children wishing them to see gorillas. We understand the disappointment when you are told that your teenager is ineligible to track the endangered primates. Being thirteen or fourteen is just closer to eligibility age, go ahead and book a permit whose trekking date will be when the teenager is 15 years old.

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) for instance used to allow underage gorilla trekking after the consenting of their parents or guardian but was also stopped on technical grounds. So at the moment, one has to be of age. When you go for the trekking adventure of the gorillas, it is when you will know how hard it would have been for the young ones going through the process.

Gorillas in Uganda live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in south western Uganda.

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Fly Entebbe to Bwindi to See Gorillas in the Wild

Visit Uganda and fly entebbe to bwindi to see gorillas in the wild. Uganda is a home to the endangered mountain gorillas which live in Bwindi and Mgahinga forest. To visit these endangered primate species, you have to fly into Uganda first. There are several flight options from all parts of the world from which you can choose. Once you are in Uganda, you can take a flight from Entebbe to the gorilla parks in Uganda.

There are two flight landing airtsrips for all the gorilla visitors using scheduled flights. You will fly and land at Kihihi Airstrip in Buhoma sector of Bwindi. Another landing option is Kisoro Aistrip in Kisoro town from where you can trek gorilla families in east and south of Bwindi forest. The gorilla tracking regions of Bwindi include Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo sector.

From Entebbe, the airstrip you land on decides which sector to visit. Before you book a gorilla permit to confirm a tour, ensure that you where you will trek gorillas. You can book a permit directly from Uganda Wildlife Authority or through your tour operator. Once you land to any of the airstrips, the distance to the park is shorter. Fliying guests are picked up on landing and transfered to the lodges for dinner and overnights.

Flight Programmes and Durations

There are daily flights from Entebbe to Kihihi and Kisoro airstrips. Most of these take gorilla tourists and businessmen as well. Aerolink Uganda is a leader in offering domestic flights in Uganda by flying to all major tourist attractions. The flights from Entebbe to Bwindi start in the morning and take about 1 hour, same time with return to the airport. Flights from Bwindi to Entebbe are usually in the afternoon.

Chartered Flights to Bwindi

Take a chartered plane to Bwindi.



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Uganda Gorilla Permit to Cost USD 700 Starting July 2020

Uganda Gorilla Permit Increased to USD 700 Starting July 2020

Uganda Gorilla Permit Increased to USD 700

A Uganda Gorilla Permit Increased to USD 700 starting 1st July 2020 from the current USD 600. The  anouncemnet was made last week by the Director Tourism and Business Services at the Uganda Wildlife Authority Stephen Masaba while meeting Uganda Tour Operators at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

Starting 1st July 2020, all Foreign non-residents in Uganda will pay USD 700 for a gorilla permit for either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Whereas foreign residents with Ugandan working permits will pay USD 600 for a permit per trek. East African citizens in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and South Sudan will have to pay Shillings 250,000 to visit any of the two gorilla parks for trekking the endangered primate species,” Masaba told an attentive gathering.

The anounced gorilla permit price increment has been made well in advance, a move that will allow tour operator communicate it to their respectively travel agents. There is still a year ahead to the new price. USD 100 is a fairer increase compared to Rwanda’s 100% price hike in 2017. Rwanda increased it gorilla permit for Volcanoes National Park from USD 750 then to USD 1500, a hefty price surge that saw the number of tourists reducing in that park.

Gorilla visitors can still book for a USD 600 gorilla permit July next year and enjoy the benefits of a freindly price. Compared to Rwanda, Uganda still remains with some of the cheapest gorilla safari prices in the region. One can at present book a Uganda Wildlife Authority Gorilla Permit and do either a 1 day, 2 or 3 days gorilla trekking safari in Uganda from Kigali. It is shorter to drive from Rwanda to Uganda for gorilla trekking and back. Its a matter of flying into Rwanda and do gorilla trekking in Uganda.

Uganda is not short of options for gorilla trekking. One can fly from Entebbe to Bwindi, track gorillas and back to the airport. Or else, takeing a road transfer from Entebbe or Kampala to either Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park is an alternative many tourists to Uganda have enjoyed.

For all your Gorilla Safari needs, Gorilla Trekking Services remains of the reliable operators in organizing safaris in the region. We operate gorilla safari tours in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. And we are able to book, secure and buy gorilla permits for you once contacted. We never disappoint our clients once approached for gorilla permits. We instantly check gorilla permit availability and give you a feedback there and then. Gorilla trekking being a competitive safari activity, it is better to book it in time and avoid regrets.

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Gorilla Trekking, The Survival Hope for Mountain Gorillas

Gorilla Trekking Tours, the Survival Hope for Endangered Mountain Gorillas

Gorilla trekking tours offer the major survival hope for the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. And if it was not for gorilla tourism, mountain gorillas probably would be unknown to the world and be having no wildlife importance. The relationship between human beings and mountain gorillas are the visitation tours the former pay to the later. And these gorilla safaris attach importance to the endangered primates found in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo.

Mountain gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda plus Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Congo.gorilla trekking tours

People from all over the world visit the three countries in order to trek gorillas considered being in a likelihood of extinction if conservation efforts are not made. Gorilla tourism is what prompts countries where these primates live to pay special attention to their existence and safety.

To visit gorillas, one must have a gorilla permit solely issued by the park authorities of the respective governments. A gorilla permit in Uganda is at USD 600 and is only issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is the sole provider of Rwanda gorilla permits (USD 1500) for trekking gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park. The same case applies to Congo where a permit is at USD 400.

In Uganda for instance, there are 17 habituated gorilla groups available for trekking. Each gorilla family is allocated 8 persons for the trekking adventure. Mathematically, you can tell how much money a country makes every day from gorilla tourism. Those earnings partly go to government and to the communities around the parks to support their livelihood. The benefit that go to the populations around the gorilla parks motivate locals to look at the primates as their good neighbors that need protection. At the gorilla parks, there are rangers and guides who also earn from guiding visitors to see the gorillas. Do not forget that there are lodges and porters who also supports visitors on the ground. The benefits from gorilla trekking extend widely to a chain of beneficiaries.

In the recent past, threats to mountain gorillas included poaching and need for farmland. Locals cared much about extending their farmlands by encroaching on the parkland as well as killing the gorillas that stray to their gardens. Today such threats are minimal as people were taught to love and protect the gorillas.

In a nutshell, the more gorilla trekking tours are embraced in countries where gorillas live, the more conservation efforts are inserted to their survival. Of recent, the gorilla parks have welcomed baby gorillas, which is good news. The surge in gorilla numbers has also seen their addition of more gorilla families in Uganda to the current 17 groups in number.

So, the more gorilla trekking is done, the more mountain gorillas are protected and conserved for present and future generations.

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