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Reserving Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permits

UWA is the body in charge of issuing gorilla permits to see Uganda mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. For one to book or secure Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permits (UWA permits), you will first of all choose which national park you want to visit. There two gorilla trekking national parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga that you can choose from. Once you have decided on the national park to visit, you need again to decide on the year, month and day of intended visit. Once this is decided, you may contact Encounter Africa safaris to help you check availability of UWA gorilla permits on the specified day of interest. Encounter Africa safaris has a 24 hour access to Uganda Wildlife authority gorilla permits database and we are able to check and reserve your UWA gorilla permits for up to seven working days. After 7 working days, UWA reservation and booking system will automatically release these permits. Endeavour to make payments within 7 working days.

Booking Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permits

Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permits (UWA gorilla permits) can only be guaranteed or booked after making payment to UWA. After expressing your interest in trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda, Encounter Africa safaris will check availability of gorilla permits, reserve them, send you an invoice for you to make payment for your UWA gorilla permits. Encounter Africa safaris accepts both Credit Card payments as well as wire transfers so depending on what you prefer, it normally takes up to2-3 working days but as soon as you send us proof of payment, we will go ahead and use our credit to secure your UWA gorilla permits from UWA Headquarters in Kampala.

Requirements for Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permits

For Encounter Africa safaris to book and confirm your UWA gorilla permits for either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga, we will need you passport details showing your nationality, date of birth as well as your names. UWA needs this because of several reasons. Your nationality is required because it affects the price of gorilla permits. If for example you are a citizen of any of the East African Countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, you are entitled to a discounted gorilla permit price. If you are a foreigner but resident in Uganda, there is also a discount on gorilla permit price. The purpose of requesting for date of birth while booking UWA gorilla permits is that there is a gorilla trekking age limit or minimum age for one to trek gorillas or be authorized to acquire a gorilla permit to see gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park. The minimum age for one to book UWA permits to see gorillas in Bwindi or Mgahinga is 15 years and above. Children below the age of 15 years may also be allowed to trek gorillas only if, they are nearing their 15th birthday but not yet 15 years and are physically fit. If you have a child below the age of 15 years but nearing his/her 15ths birthday, do not hesitate to contact Encounter Africa safaris.

Our Guarantee on UWA permits

Encounter Africa safaris guarantees that once we receive your payment, we will go and pay for your Uganda Wildlife authority gorilla permits, get them printed and be able to send you scanned copies of your records. If for any reason we do not find permits available on your specified date, we will advise you on the available gorilla permits before or after your preferred dates. As a requirement, and for us to book your UWA gorilla permits, you need to book with us an all inclusive gorilla tour at anytime. We don’t book only UWA permits but we combine this with transport to and from Bwindi or Mgahinga, Accommodation while in Bwindi, transfers to and from the gorilla starting points, as well as all park entry fees involved.

When to book your Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permits

UWA gorilla permits tend to sell out quickly and as such we advise that you book your Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permits at least 4-5 months in advance. The reason to book your UWA gorilla permits in advance is that gorilla trekking is one of the sought after tourist activity in the world and Uganda is one of the most affordable and safe gorilla trekking destination in Africa and the entire world. Rwanda gorilla permits are much more expensive when you compare them with Uganda thus making Uganda a very competitive destination to visit. Encounter Africa also organizes gorilla tours on a short notice and as such, you can contact us anytime and we will check availability and get back to you.


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Customer Reviews

Michael T 06/June/2021

Above & Beyond
Review of: 3-Day Gorillas trekking and Batwa Experience
Sedrick went above and beyond to accomodate our request for an itinerary alteration due to our compressed time in Uganda. He also compeltely took care of scheduling our covid 19 testing and drove us to the site on arrival.

Our driver/guide Ben was also outstanding!

**We highly recommend using a porter during gorilla trekking as their are some complex parts to the trail/terrain. This also benefits the local people by providing them work.**

David 24/June/2021

Seeing Lots of Animals and Uganda
The schedule suited my time in Uganda exactly and was a great opportunity to view some of the top wildlife and natural wonders of the country. Lodgings range from mid-range to near upscale and are in beautiful locations. Food is good and ample. My driver, Stanley, was expert at spotting wildlife and, very importantly on the Ugandan roads, a careful and skilled driver. You see various parts of the country on this tour, and due to distances, be aware you'll spend quite a few hours on the road. One thing they might add is an itinerary going into more detail ahead of time on each day's activity and suggested things to bring. I was concerned about the needed COVID test for return home, but they took care of arranging that, and it turned out successfully. Overall the tour was a real highlight and is highly recommended.

Justo Nov 18, 2019

I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019
Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018
I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019
My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019
Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .