Uganda Gorilla Permits Online
Get to know how to book Uganda gorilla permits online. You can book permit in Uganda for gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park online. You can reserve and secure permits directly with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) online from any part of the world without necessary coming into the country. The wildlife government body has eased the booking of gorilla permits on internet using the online gorilla permit booking system.
This online system can now save tour operators from driving in traffic jam to UWA head offices in Kampala to book gorilla permits. The online system gives tour companies access to the system to check gorilla permit availability by just logging into the system and be able to click on the link Book a Permit. After booking, a safari operator can further block the permit reserved from being seen by other tour operators. The strong demand for Uganda gorilla permits is one of the reasons behind UWA’s introduction of online permit booking to guard against the influx of people at its reservation office.
How does the online booking system work?
To reserve a gorilla permit online, one must first register with the Uganda Wildlife Authority. A tour operator is then given a username and password to get into the database of UWA. This database shows the available permits and their dates. When a subscriber secure permits for given fates, he blocks and marks them with red colors to confirm they are booked and unavailable. The wildlife authority permits one to block permits for 7 days within which to pay for them. Failure to do so, these permits are put back on the open platform for others to accessibly book them. At registration, a subscriber is shown how the system works. For instance the red as usual implies unavailability and green means the permits are available for booking and purchase. This online system help tour operators in Uganda to immediately confirm available permit at any time of the day and confirm gorilla safari trips with the prospective visitors instantly.
What happens after blocking a permit?
After blocking the permit, the system then issues an invoice to the safari operator requesting for permits. One is at liberty to deposit on the gorilla permit and complete the payment within that one week. However blocking the permit is bad for other tour companies who may confirm them as unavailable and miss their customer. After that, the one who blocked them may fail to pay, a thing that put back the permit on the market when some business is lost. Block permit with near dates of trekking and then release them for purchase back to the general platform may fail to have buyers and hence a loss of revenue to government. On the other hand, a tour operators who has a lot of money may selfishly reserve and block several permits for future unconfirmed clients, a habit that may deny others a chance to access them for their customers.
What is a Gorilla Permit?
A gorilla permit is a gate pass issued by the wildlife authority to the visitor to be able to trek mountain gorillas in the parks. Booking a gorilla permit is advisable to be done at least 90 days or more to the tracking date to overcome missing out on availability and enable a safari organizer do proper trip planning. A gorilla permit gives allows a tourist to enter the forest and come face to face with mountain gorillas for an hour and leave the park. What prompted Uganda gorilla permits to be demanded highly was due to the fact that Rwanda increased prices for hers in 2017 from USD 750 to USD 1500. Since then, Uganda has maintained her permit prices at USD 700 since July 2020. Uganda permit price is still affordable compared to Rwanda’s permits for trekking gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park.
Where to visit mountain gorillas in Africa?
Mountain gorillas which are over 1050 at present are found in Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park in southwestern Uganda. Others live in the Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in Congo.