Last Minute Gorilla Trekking Permits

In all the three East African countries (Uganda, Rwanda, Congo) where gorilla trekking takes place, there are various procedures that one should adhere to before being given a green flag to go in the actual process of gorilla trekking. The most paramount procedure here is securing a gorilla permit which can be done through agents or directly from the responsible aurthorities.Below is a detailed account of how one can attain these gorilla permits on a last minute;

Rwanda:

1.Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is done in Volcanoes National Park and gorilla trekking/ tracking permits booking is managed by the Rwanda Tourism Office (ORTPN). Each gorilla permit costs US$750 in Rwanda and select the Best 1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari with  . On each particular day, about 56 persons can visit Rwanda gorillas, 8 persons per each gorilla family given that there are only seven groups.

Gorilla permits are in high demand, because of the stiff competition for them, and therefore are booked with payment on the basis of first come first served. Book your gorilla permit in advance to avoid disappointment.

To track gorillas each person must have the day’s gorilla permit which needs to be arranged and paid for in advance, preferably at least 10 months for the high seasons – June-September and December-February; or latest 4-6 months in advance for the low seasons – October-November and March-May. This can be made possible by the availability of tour operators that are very competent and they normally book your gorilla permits at no extra cost.

Gorilla permits are booked with payment on the basis of first come first serve. Availability of gorilla permits for a required date is not guaranteed. There is a lot of competition for the gorilla permits, which makes it hard to get one for yourself. Any delay in confirmation and or payment may mean that you will be unable to obtain the permit on your preferred date.

Once you book and send your money for permits, the date cannot change (changing a tracking date means a cancellation fee is charged). Rwanda charges $100 for each permit date changed.

2     There is also another option of booking gorilla permits directly through ORTPN.In case you have to book a gorilla permit from outside Rwanda; you first have to contact ORTPN’sreservation office by email inquiring about availability of the dates you intend to track the gorillas. If the exact dates you want are unavailable, you can request ORTPN to let you know of the nearest dates. You then reply to them expressing your intent to book those permits, and requesting them to temporarily hold them as you make payment. At this time, they will advise you of their banking details, so that you can proceed to make an electronic transfer of the money. Please remember to immediately send a copy of the transaction voucher/ receipt by email or fax to ORTPN.

The transfer should usually take not more than 3 days and ORTPN will keep your tentative booking for at least 7 days as they await the transfer to go through. Please ensure that you instruct your bank to deduct the bank charges from you. Otherwise if the money sent is less, your permit may not be booked.

3   The most rampant and sought after module of attaining gorilla permits is the use of tour operators and travel agents. Many intending gorilla trekkers have however found the above procedure tedious and have sought our quicker and less tedious ways of reserving their gorilla permits by working with local Rwanda tour operator. Gorillas and wildlife safaris will not charge you for buying gorilla permits if you are getting other tour services through them.

The procedure is almost similar as above, except that the tour agencies tend to speed-up the process and most likely you will get your gorilla permit confirmation faster as they always send you a scanned copy of those permits as soon as they are issued thus an assurance of proof that you are dealing with competent people. However, there are certain things that you have to put right before your permit is issued like the dates you want to track these primates, your full names plus those of other people you are travelling with as they appear in your passport.

4       If at all lady luck is on your side, you might get a last minute gorilla permit from any tour operator. There are situations when some tourists buy gorilla permits and then eventually end up not making it to the actual tracking due to various reasons beyond their control. So these permits remain in the hands of these tour operators who now begin looking for buyers of these permits. So when you avail yourself and you want to track on the same dates as inscribed on the gorilla permits available, then you get yourself one at the last hour.

UGANDA

1   When booking a gorilla permit from outside Uganda, you first have to contact UWA’s reservation office by email inquiring about availability of the dates you intend to track the gorillas. Note that you need to consider a full day of travel from Kampala to Bwindi after you have landed in Kampala.

If the exact dates you want are unavailable, you can request UWA to let you know of the nearest dates. You then reply to them expressing your intent to book those permits, and requesting them to temporarily hold them as you make payment. At this time, they will advise you of their banking details, so that you can proceed to make an electronic transfer of the money. Please remember to immediately send a copy of the transaction voucher/ receipt by email or fax to UWA.

The transfer should usually take not more than 3 days and UWA will keep your tentative booking for at least 7 days as they await the transfer to go through. Please ensure that you instruct your bank to deduct the bank charges from you. Otherwise if the money sent is less, your permit may not be booked.

2       Gorilla Permits are also booked through a Tour operator or travel agent. Many intending gorilla trekkers have however found the above procedure tedious and have sought our quicker and less tedious ways of reserving their gorilla permits by working with local Uganda tour operator. Gorillas and wildlife safaris will not charge you for buying gorilla permits if you are getting other tour services like transfers and tours through them .The procedure is almost similar as above, except that the tour agencies tend to speed-up the process and most likely you will get you gorilla permit confirmation faster. However, there are certain things that you have to put right before your permit is issued like the dates you want to track these primates, your full names plus those of other people you are travelling with as they appear in your passport.

3     There are situations when some tourists buy gorilla permits and then eventually end up not making it to the actual tracking due to various reasons beyond their control. So these permits remain in the hands of these tour operators who now begin looking for buyers of these permits.

Ugandan tour operators through their umbrella association (AUTO) almost buy up to 80% of the available tracking permits at up to 2 years out from the intended month of tracking. Each member may purchase up to 20 permits in any month. Individuals and non members of AUTO can purchase a maximum of 2 permits each in the month 3 months prior to the intended month of trekking .So you can contact AUTO members an purchase these permits from them. we have designed the 7 Days Rwanda Uganda Safari to ease the adventure of All the primates in all the Nations.

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For this 2 Days Rwanda Gorilla safari is available at Very different Levels and options depending on the Amount you have planned to spend on a Rwanda Gorilla Holiday, Explore the Beauty of Rwanda in Either Luxury Lodges like Volcanoes and Governors Camp in Rwanda or Budget Lodges and mid-range.

The Only Difference between the Budget and Mid-range or Luxury Gorilla safari is in lodges and eating but the Gorilla Trekking Permit fee remains the same at USD 750 and always ask the tour Reservation to give u a break down not to be over charged.

Journey to Volcanoes National Park the Gorilla Trekking Destination, The road is good except the road heading to the park boundary, so it needs a 4×4 safari vehicle since the weather is un predictable.

Guides for Gorilla Trekking Adventures. The guide will pick you from Kigali or airport and transfer you Ruhengeri the home of gorillas, reach in the evening and spend a night, on mountain gorilla view lodge for luxury, Lapalme for mid range or hotel Muhabura for budget.

Learn to always ask for the trip Plan before you leave home to Rwanda for the Gorilla Trekking adventure.

Very early in the morning, the guide will drive you to the park headquarters for briefing. While there waiting for briefing, you will be entertained by Banyarwanda cultural group. After briefing, you will be transferred by the guide to the park boundary and start tracking.

There are like ten habituated gorilla groups in Volcano national park like Susa group, kwitonda, and others. They established territories on mountains like Kirisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo (old man’s teeth), groups which are far needs physically feet people because they need a lot of hiking to reach them.

Remember to carry packed lunch and drinking water and in case you have a big luggage, there are porters for hire. The porters are local people who used to stay in the forest of a round the forest. They were given jobs such that they do not become a threat to the primates and see importance for conserving the animals.

Efforts are done to improve their standards of living like building for them schools, hospitals, and roads. All those are done through the percentage out of the gorilla permit money that goes to the local community.

Once you are back from gorilla tracking experience, you are given a certificate that shows that you have tracked gorillas. You can show certificate to the people you left at home, friends, relatives, workments, fellow students. Once you do that, you are directly contributing to the marketing of the product as well as conservation.

You may see that the $750 USD for Gorilla Permit is big amount of money but is worth the experience and nobody has ever complained about the money after tracking the endangered species. Come and experience happiness in the wild with mountain gorillas and so many other wild lives that can be found in other national parks except Rwanda.

Low Cost Accommodations In Uganda Near Entebbe Airport

Uganda is one of the countries that have toiled so much to develop the tourism industry in the subsequent years. This has been achieved by putting up services that can really facilitate the inflow of tourists into the country. Among these services are the accommodations that have really been elevated in order to cater for the influx of the visitors. These accommodations take the three forms of budget accommodations-those that are meant for low income earners who cannot manage the high end accommodations, midrange or economy which caters for the moderate visitors who do not want to occupy the lowly rated budget accommodations and cannot manage the up market status as well as the luxury accommodations which are for the high end people who want to leave extravagantly.

If you’ve got more time than money, there’s no better way to see Uganda than to backpack your way around its many offerings: spectacular beauty, mosaic of cultures, incredible value for money, massive adventure potential – and an undeniable penchant for partying!

First of all go out and buy a travel book on Uganda. If you’re an ardent mountain climber, you would definitely need to know where most f the mountain climbers want to go such that you don’t go elsewhere and miss out on the main course. If you’re a birder, you’d like to know where to find the elusive blue swallow long before you hit these shores. And if you like to drink a lager at sunset with the best bathing in the southern hemisphere at your feet, it’s nice to know about Lookout Beach in advance, right?

You’ll want something like Brandt and particularly about Uganda to get you started. And when you pass the Africa shelf at your local bookstore, you might want to flip through the array of coffee table publications on the country. Then check out Uganda tourism board website (www.ugandatourismboard.co.ug) for whatever you would like to know about Uganda and what it can really offer to you.

If you’ve got a fantasy about riding around Uganda on the end of your thumb, go for it. This is a hitch-hiker country. Uganda is not the kind of place where, if you know what to do and where to go, you’ll never experience a finer trip. But it’s not advisable to enter into the unknown anywhere in the world these days, but for Uganda’s case the mantle is tilted the other way round as you will concur with me that this country is generally peaceful and hospital.

So when you’re in towns, like Masaka, Jinja or Fort portal use the public transport system, get a cab or hire a car. If you’re staying for a spell, you could do worse than buy a car – and sell it at journey’s end. Each city has a vibrant tourism centre which can advise you on day tours, bus routes to and from your hotel, and discounts where available.

The bus services between various towns are excellent, and so are the roads. And the backpackers’ delight is a convenient, value-for-money, hop-on hop-off door-to-door bus service to just about every backpacker’s lodge in East Africa.

So now this brings us to the big question of Where to stay when in Uganda if at all you have decided to visit this pearl of Africa. The good news is that there are backpackers’ lodges galore in Uganda and you can book ahead by contacting Backpacking Uganda. The other good news is that backpacker bed rates are astoundingly cheap in this country.

And once you’re staying at a backpacker’s, you can plug in to the local travelling network and find out all kinds of great things, like where to eat for next to nothing, or party until dawn, or find a long-lost friend. You’re in a well-run over landing subculture here, so enjoy it.

Your choice of where to stay depends on what you want out of the trip. Uganda is highly endowed with a lot of natural resources especially with wildlife and primates. So whichever region you would like to traverse in this country, you will definitely find a back packer residence or its equivalent.

Within hours of your arrival, you’re going to discover that Uganda is a great, heaving melting pot of cultures, colours, languages and traditions. And Ugandans are very proud of their diversity. Your pocketbook guides will tell you about us, and how to behave around us. But, like most places, if you’re friendly and polite with the people you meet, chances are you’ll be met with twice the warmth.

So prepare to spend time with any tour guide around the fire at night, wake up at dawn and go on a game drive with a ranger who speaks in your dialect, be served some exotic local dish by a beautiful and hospitable native waitress and you will really live to remember this great day and experience of a life time.

Uganda is where you can go for both bungee jumping and kayaking on the source of the Nile. There’s also another level of outdoor activities that includes bicycle riding, wildlife game drives, chimpanzee tracking, gorilla trekking and mountain climbing. After Enjoying these best Travel Activities Entebbe Airport Hotels is the Best Hotel Booking agent in entebbe to find an ideal Hotel to relax at . Contact Them Via:info@entebbeairporthotels.com

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Am a solo traveler Explorer  and I spent three weeks traveling around Uganda while self-driving in a Land cruiser and visited almost every national park in the country. Uganda was a revelation! I had not expected such a richness of wildlife or such great concentration. Uganda has everything that her more famous neighbor Kenya has…plus such once-in-a-lifetime sightings as gorillas and chimpanzees.

Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls are justifiably the country’s biggest draw cards but if you have time head for Kidepo Valley National Park in the far north. If I was pushed into a vote I would say that Kidepo is probably the most stunning national park in all Africa!

Since Uganda’s parks suffered such a massive poaching scourge during the turbulent 1980s it is a second tier safari destination in comparison to its neighbors Kenya and Tanzania. Though that does not mean you shouldn’t consider it. Wildlife populations have rebounded in the national parks and the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary means you can score the Big Five in Uganda again. But, ironically, the safari animals are not the main reason to do a safari here; it’s a variety of other things that make Uganda a special destination, why not explore uganda on a Self Drive safari with 4×4 Self Drive uganda.

Scenically Uganda holds its own with any other country the mountains and lakes of the southwest are postcard perfect, standing atop Murchison Falls is exhilarating and Kidepo Valley is simply amazing. The Central African rainforest and East African savannah, host over 1000 species of bird, makes Uganda one of the best bird-watching destinations not just in Africa, but the world.

But more than anything it’s the chance to see gorillas that makes Uganda excellent for safaris. Over half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas live in Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla national parks where groups have been habituated to humans to allow up-close encounters. It’s one of the most amazing wildlife experiences a person can have.

This unique combination of factors, not available anywhere else, is why overall, Uganda is solidly one of my favorite countries in Africa. Whether it’s your first safari or your tenth, Uganda can make it special.

Besides all that, Uganda is gifted by water sports activities in Jinja. You can enjoy kayaking, white water rafting, bungee jumping and not forgetting the spot where Speke sat after discovering the source of the Nile. Self driving is very safe in Uganda and I would recommend it to anyone planning a visit to Uganda, there is a lot of freedom, flexibility and cheap. Find the budget Car Rental Uganda company and hire a 4×4 Safari Van or SUV to explorer Uganda on a private Guided adventure Today. Try and draw your travel plan not missing those activities Mentioned above when undertaking a self drive Uganda safari.

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For many people traveling to a Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda for Gorilla Trekking Adventures can be an intriguing and exotic experience. Having the opportunity to learn about the Mountain Gorillas found in Bwindi is agreat experience that you can not be separated from and i took a 10 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife Safari in April because it was single traveller and the company provided me a self drive type of safari where they hired acar to me and adriver to try and make my dream safari to uganda be fullfilled. The Type of the car they hired to me was a 4×4 Rav4 which was good for a single traveler and the guide I had was billy who was very knowledgable about the roads and plcaes to stay in as I had to use the same company to book the lodges and make more saving on my holiday vacation to Uganda .Unfortunately for many individuals that would like to travel on solo basis I truly recommend that this company is ver perfect to make you have your dreamt safari become true by contacting them and they find the best way to reduce the budget and fits in oyur needs and interests. I took a 10 Days Uganda Safari holiday by making them reserve the Gorilla permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority and my thanks goes to the company reservation that attended to me by names of Moses and he first gave a fully safari package and it was expensive and I asked him how can I reduce my budget cozy I wanted to travel to Uganda and he proposed April that is the best month because the Gorilla permits will be cheap and he opted to hire to me a small Rav4 that fitted me and even the driver at only USD 85 Per day Less Fuel and this was very grateful. It was not only a great Safari, but an absolute treasure to meet Billy and Moses.
Please as the Great Traveler that has travelkled to African Nations on Budget Option I can wait to say that Choosing a vacation destination that is ideal for you can be a difficult task. If you’ve never traveled abroad in your lifetime then it is likely that there are countless places you’d like to visit andConsider Uganda to be among the places to visit and don’t miss Bwindi Gorilla trekking Activity. The decision can become quite complicated if you have a number of friends or family members going with you and you simply cannot agree on a place. However keeping in mind what you wish to discover or partake in on your vacation can make the decision a little less problematic.

If you are more partial to the cultural aspects of a place, you really enjoy historical artifacts and you really can stand overbearing heat, then you may want to consider some place in Africa Including Uganda the pearl of Africa. Contact locally kampala based travel company to prepare for you a Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari like the one I took of 10 Days.

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Great Uganda is well know to have received the well know explorers that discovered the best Tourists attraction in Uganda Including the Source of the Nile in Jinja however some claim that its source is not in Jinja and this lead to the Second Explorer who started the Adventure Known as Walking on the Nile that Started from Rwanda and Ended in Egypt Passing through the Countries that shared the Wonderful Tourists attraction of the Nile. Walking on the Nile was done by Levi son that walked through the Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda.

In the years since 1987, safety has consistently improved. Today the state is relatively stable after 25 years. Hire a car and Travel north to Murchison Falls National Park, kibale national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park, lake Mburo and many more tourism places.

As in any urban area, Kampala can be dodgy. There is a lot of traffic germ and most drivers do not obey the rules on the roads. Avoid leaving your essential things in your car, always lock your car when parking, and be careful of pick pockets

In the gorilla tracking region of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo is safe and since the late 1990s, there have been no incidents and all groups now go out with armed guards (which was not the case before). There is a visible security presence in the region.

The good news is that all the Ugandan parts are safe currently and even tourists go and visit the Kidepo valley national park on a Private Car rental in Uganda

The park can be reached by both road and air. Driving is rewarding, as much of Karamoja, like Kidepo itself, is a vast and unspoiled wilderness. However, road conditions are sometimes poor and a 4WD vehicle is essential.

There are four possible routes but the shortest is  Kampala – Karuma – Gulu – Kitgum – Kidepo = 571km (10 hours). The most usual route passes through Gulu and Kitgum Ideally, travellers should plan to stay overnight in one of these towns or at Chobe, near Karuma in Murchison Falls National Park.

Kidepo is served by a network of game tracks in the Narus Valley in the south of the park. These cross seasonal streams and tracts of wetland, making a 4WD vehicle essential, especially during the rainy season. To the north, a single track leads across the Kidepo River to Pirre in the north east of the park.

When you hire a car, it is necessary to have a map and hire a local guide who will take you through the game drive. Below is some advice on what to bring while planning to visit different destinations in Uganda. Hiking boots are ideal for forest walks although stout walking shoes are adequate. Lightweight raincoats are advisable. Altitude and the forest environment makes evenings cool and a light jacket is also recommended. For a camera, be aware that the dark-haired chimpanzees in typically dim conditions present challenging subjects.