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.