A gorilla permit is a license that allows a visitor to trek mountain gorillas and without a permit one will not be able to trek the gorillas. Gorilla trekking is one of the most sought activities in Africa although expensive it is every travelers dream, eight gorilla permits are available for trekking each gorilla family in a day so the demand of permits is very high that’s why it’s advisable to always book your permit in advance.
Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda can be obtained from Uganda Wildlife Authority or one can use a travel company to help them get a gorilla permit. Gorilla permits are always booked 5 months in advance especially during the peak season due to high demand.
Getting a gorilla permit in the last minute can be very challenging and you might find no availability in most cases, you will have to call Uganda wildlife authority or a travel company you are using to check for availability of any permits and if the permits are got either in one of the sectors in Bwindi national park or Mgahinga national park you won’t have any choice but to trek from that region where permits are available.
Last minute booking of gorilla permits will in most cases land you to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park with only one habituated family and less visitors unlike Bwindi impenetrable forest national park that is always contested. There are also permits sold by other tour operators that you can acquire at last minute.
In conclusion, gorilla permits should always be booked in advance to avoid being disappointed with no availability of permits when you have arrived in the country for trekking. Rwanda and Uganda share same climate on the gorilla habitats and the best time for visiting both countries for gorilla trekking is during the peak season when the trekking trails and roads leading to national parks are in good condition that is from June to September and from December to February.