Uganda Gorilla Tracking Safaris continue to be the icing on the cake for those interested in Africa’s adventures today. It is a life changing experience and the kind of experience that would require establishing a monument in everyone’s life story. The world’s largest concentration of primates living in their natural habitats can be found in Africa and Uganda is opportune to have a big percentage of this population. Better more is that Uganda has a number of rarely sighted primate species like the world’s critically endangered Mountain Gorillas and the endangered Golden Monkeys.
Uganda's population of Mountain Gorillas is 400 plus with new baby gorillas being born, making Uganda the best destination for Gorilla safaris tours in the whole world. These endangered mountain gorillas, just like humans, live in families; but not every one of these families are open to tourists though. It is just the habituated mountain gorilla families which have been gazetted for tracking by tourists.
For a Uganda Safari tour, there are twelve habituated mountain gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and one other habituated family can be found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, making it thirteen habituated mountain gorillas families altogether. And of the thirteen habituated families, the Kyaguriro mountain gorilla family was left aside for research only and does not receive any Uganda Gorilla Safari visitors.
Irrespective of whether it is a high season or low season and regardless of the changes in demand for Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda, The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) maintains its stand of only up to eight tourists that can visit a selected mountain gorilla family per day. This is done primarily to preserve the mountain gorillas and furthermore to accord each and every group of trekkers a chance to fully make the most of their lifetime experience.
And for anyone wishing to make a Gorilla Trekking Safari, having a gorilla permit is a must. As per Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) standard cost, a gorilla tracking permit goes for 600 USD for Foreign Non-residents; 500 USD for Foreign Residents and 250,000 UGX for nationals of the East African Community. UWA keeps up the mandate to either increase or cut on these set tariffs basing on whether it is a high or low season.
Trackers can choose to buy their permits through a tour operator or they can purchase the permit directly from Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters. Using a tour operator is a quicker option though and will most often be less expensive than setting out on the Gorilla Safari all alone. Tour operators will package for you a well-tailored to your pick including accommodation and transportation and also present you with quotations which many times comes with a few discounts.