Tap to inquire

Book Gorilla Permits in Advance (5 Reasons Why You Should)

Mountain gorillas live in social groups of 5-30 individuals led by the dominating Silverback known as the Silverback; the female gorillas reach sexual maturity at an earlier age before the male gorillas. The female gorilla can give birth to 4-6 off springs in a life time and have 1-2 fertile days in a month, baby gorillas are vulnerable like human babies at the time of birth.

Why you Should book Gorilla Permits in Advance

Mountain gorillas are an endangered species of primates found in only three countries in Africa that is Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Every year thousands of tourists flock to these countries to encounter a wilderness experience with these great apes that have 98% of their DNA similar to that of humans. Below are the reasons you should book gorilla trekking permits in advance:

High demand for gorilla trekking permits

Most travelers who come to Uganda, Rwanda and the democratic republic of Congo never miss out on gorilla trekking and this has led to high demand for gorilla trekking permits compared to availability. Gorilla permits are given on a first come first serve protocol so you need to book your permits in advance or they will run out.

Enough time for preparation

Mountain gorillas live on higher elevations that require hiking and trekkers to be in good physical shape, you need to book your permits in advance so that you can have enough time to prepare in form of exercise, acquiring hiking equipment like good hiking boots, cameras, lenses, garden gloves, insect repellents, rain coats and so much more.

Timely booking of accommodation

This only applies in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in Uganda, the park has got four sectors where gorilla trekking can be done from and this means you must book a lodge around the area where you will trek mountain gorillas from. You need to book your permit in advance so that you will also book the accommodation at the sector in which you have obtained the permit from.

Shortage of gorilla permits

One of the reasons you should book your gorilla permit in advance is because of the shortage of gorilla permits especially in Uganda, Rwanda charges $1500 for gorilla trekking which is very expensive and Congo offers permits at a very cost of $400 but the country can sometimes become insecure. This has left Uganda to be the only option for most travelers because its safe and the permits cost $600 and this has led to very high demand of permits in that you have to book permits 3-6 months before travelling.

In conclusion all travelers travelling for gorilla trekking are advised to book their gorilla permits in advance and pay fully or deposit to reserve the permits. Travelling to the country for gorilla trekking before obtaining a permit can lead to disappointment of no availability hence you won’t be able to trek gorillas. You should also keep in mind that tourists showing any signs of illness or under the age of 15 years will not be allowed to trek mountain gorillas.

Book your dream safari below.


    Your Name


    Your Email

    WhatsApp Number

    Length of Tour

    No. of People

    Date of Travel



    Special Requests

    How did you find us

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

    Featured in:

    Do you need to visit multiple destinations or need to customize a trip to match your interests? We are very open to this and are willing to help. Kindly click to inquire below to navigate to the detailed booking page.

    National Geographic
    Gorilla Doctors
    Dian Fossey
    Dian Fossey
    Fauna & Flora
    Uganda Safari Guides Association
    Uganda Wildlife Authority
    Uganda Wildlife Educational Center
    Uganda Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities
    Tourism Uganda

    Why you should choose us?

    We are beautiful one day and perfect the next! Book with us and book it out of here!


    Who we are

    We are a passion-drive travel agency that will make you love Africa even more than us.

    Read more

    Booking with us

    We offer very flexible booking terms that you'll love. We make it easy for you to book or reschedule your trips.

    Read more

    Our promise to you

    We promise you make you fall in love with Africa through our tailor-made safari holidays

    Read more

    Values & commitments

    We are commited to offering you the best service as possible. Your experience & comfort always comes first.

    Read more

    Our cause

    A small portion of our profits proceeds towards supporting single mothers in local communities.

    Read more

    How we work

    To offer a more rewarding way to travel, we do stuff the right way; right from the planning process.

    We pay attention

    We will spend time and pay attention to your expectations, then propose an experience that you might like.

    We complement

    Next we will discuss our selected options, point out the best safaris for you and make awesome recommendations.

    We hold your booking

    We will tentatively hold your booking and make reservations while we talk through the safari details or make changes.

    Speak to an expert to start planning your African safari holiday...

    Give a call to one of our specialists or arrange a video meeting/session for awesome ideas and safari advice.

    +256 787 23 0575
    Eddie Safari Guide
    Ronnie Safari Guide