Looking to watching the mountain gorillas in 2015? You can take advantage of discount gorilla trips this April and May by making your reservation with one of the local tour operators. Like the past 2 years, Uganda has continued to offer discounts on gorilla permits for April and May 2015. This there fore has made the prices of the Gorilla tracking permits to be slashed to USD 350 per permit from USD 600. This means that you can save USD250 per permit!
For the local the cost of the gorilla permit has been reduced to Ushs.150,000 (an equivalent of USD60) and East Africans can also take this advantage and book permits at low rates.
For foreign residents with in Uganda, you can book gorilla permits at a reduced price of $300 from USD 575 per permit.
Why Take Advantage of these Permits
- Travel with ease at very discount trips and save on your holidays
- You can also save more on car hire if you are taking a rental car for your trip.
- You can also save much on accommodation given that this is a low season!
- It is easier and more adventurous to track gorillas in Uganda than it is elsewhere in the Great Lakes region.
This is the third year, when the Uganda Wildlife Authority launched the gorilla tracking promotion to enable visitors enjoy the amazing gorilla experience at subsidized rates.
The promotion is valid from April 1 and ends on May 31. It is open to all visitors, tour operators and partners of UWA. At times, there are also promotional rates for November!
Gorilla Tracking in Uganda
Gorilla tracking in Uganda dates back to 1993 when two groups of the primates were habituated. The process of habituation is not an easy one. It refers to the whole process of making gorilla groups accustomed to human beings, thereby facilitating close interaction without the danger of gorillas displaying aggressive behaviour. Today there are ten habituated gorilla groups that can be visited by tourists looking for gorilla safaris in Africa thus making available 80 permits to be available a day! Though these look to be many, there is a very high demand for gorilla permits, and it is not easy to secure a gorilla permit for peak months like July, August, September and December.
According to the 2012 gorilla census, there are about 880 mountain gorillas in the wild. Nearly half of the total remaining population estimated to about 440 gorillas live within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. If you are looking to watch the mountain gorillas in the peak months, you can look for a last-minute deal from local tour operators who can easily secure the permits needed to make your dream safari a reality!
Gorilla tourism is the leading revenue earner among all Uganda’s tourism attractions. Each day, only eight visitors are allowed to visit a gorilla group for a maximum of one hour.