Rescheduling Gorilla Habituation Permits In Uganda

Gorilla habituation experience in Uganda is done only in Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park.

How To Reschedule Gorilla Habituation Permits In Bwindi Forest National Park

How to reschedule gorilla habituation permits to Bwindi forest national park? Rescheduling gorilla habituation permits in real favour to the clients who have not been able to travel and participate in the gorilla habituation process on their booked days and hope to travel later in the future because of various reasons. There are several reasons as to why people fail to travel on their scheduled or booked days. Among the reasons may include loss of a friend or relative or any other person attached to you, maybe you’re sick and you cannot travel since sick people are not allowed to take a flight unless you’re going for treatment and another reason could be the outbreak of the pandemic, for example, the current Covid-19 pandemic which has restricted travel movements. However; amidst all this, you should not worry especially if you have booked your gorilla habituation permit with us of dollars 1500, we can confirm to you that you won’t lose this huge money because you have not travelled. What we do at Africa Adventure Vacations if you have not travelled, we shall request for gorilla habituation permit rescheduling so that you can be permitted to set up another particular date of your choice whiling giving a convincing reason as to why you missed this habituation trip. The request is submitted to the Uganda wildlife Authority and as long as your request is through then anew date for gorilla habituation is set based on the availability of the permits. Therefore, with your efforts, we always wish that you notify the company that you’re traveling with of your new dates of travel to make the rescheduling process so easy. Because of the current situation of the coronavirus, visitors are now allowed to reschedule their gorilla habituation permit for even two times until March 2022.

About gorilla Habituation experience in Bwindi

Gorilla habituation experience in Uganda is done only in Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park. This is an amazing activity that involves seeing endangered mountain gorillas. The gorilla habituation process is the process where any wild mountain gorillas are trained how to get used to people such that when visitors go trekking them they don’t run mad at them in inflict harm on the visitors. Gorilla habituation experience is led by a team of research hers, rangers, trackers, and the visitors walk into the forests and start the activity of habituating experience. For gorillas to be ready for trekking, they must have to undergo a habituation process that lasts for about 2 to 3 years. In this period, the researcher learns more about individual gorillas, how they feed, breeding and habitats and in the long run, the gorillas as well start getting used to the gorillas and after the researcher name each gorilla’s names and once the researchers are sure that now gorillas are ready for trekking, then the test is done by scientist and guides who start visiting the gorillas slowly and until they are fully used to human beings and they start opening the gorilla family for visitors.

The gorilla habituation experience is done daily in between the sectors of Nkuringo and Rushaga in Bwindi Forest National Park. This wonderful activity starts early at 7:00 am with a briefing about the does and the don’ts while in the forest and when seeing these gorillas being habituated. 4 visitors are allowed to with researchers and guides for this long experiential gorilla habituation activity. The activity may take a half-day or a full day depending on the location of the mountain gorillas to be habituated. The activity of gorilla habituation in Uganda was established by Uganda Wildlife Authority in 2014 after seeing the need to increase the time of visitors with gorillas and the demand from the tourists. Visitors are limited to 4 hours seeing the Gorillas in their natural habitat during this activity of Gorilla Habituation.

About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in south-western Uganda in the districts of Kanungu and Kisoro. The Park is at the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and it is near Virunga Massif conservation area the park was declared as the world’s UNESCO Natural Heritage Site in the year 1994. The park is rich in biodiversity with over 400 species of plant, about 120 mammals including the prominent gorillas, baboons, forest elephants, and forest antelopes. The history of gorilla tourism in Uganda started in Uganda and it is estimated the park has over 550 mountain gorillas representing more than half the of the remaining world mountain gorillas. The park is known to have 19 habituated gorilla families that are available for gorilla trekking. Bwindi is the only place in Africa where both gorilla trekking activity and habituation takes place.

How to reschedule the gorilla habituation permits in Uganda

Rescheduling gorilla habituation permits in Uganda is very easy and convenient by using the Africa Adventure vacations as you can always do the gorilla habituation process basing on your preferred dates of travel. It is at Uganda Wildlife Authority in form of a Letter with adequate where we forward the gorilla habituation permit reschedule request with a valid reason for rescheduling. We notify UWA about your desire to reschedule your gorilla habituation permit by writing to their offices on behalf of you the client to ensure we make your rescheduling permit so easy and convenient. Clients have different reasons for rescheduling their trips including Sickness, loss of beloved ones, facing financial cries and the outbreak of the Pandemic .such incidences are understandable and make UWA not hesitate to permit your request for rescheduling your gorilla habituation process on your desired dates. Because of such a reason that UWA is aware of, it has relaxed its regulation policy by adjusting the measures for you to reschedule your already booked and purchased gorilla habituation permit to new dates. Visitors will need to have paid the full amount of the habituation permits for them to be able to shift their permits to another date.

How to do choose to Reschedule dates for the gorilla Habitation permit in Bwindi?

Yes, as you wish to reschedule your gorilla habituation experience, you will have to let us know of your new dates when you wish your permit to be placed and then we check with the Uganda wildlife authority on the availability of tickets on that day and one we have confirmed the availability and the permit will be rescheduled. Remember that during peak season the permits tend to be sold out so you must check the dates so that the perfect dates are already booked and once the date has already been booked then you will have to apply for a new date. When your permit has been Rescheduled, it means that your travel dates as well have changed. But here at Africa Adventure Vacations, we shall make sure that all other services are re-booked including lodges and then we get you back and update you on the new date set confirmed.

Gorilla habituation permit price in Bwindi impenetrable National Park

The gorilla habituation permit allows spending 4 hours with gorillas in their natural habitat. However, the same price is charged to travelers doing gorilla trekking in Rwanda whereby for them they are restricted to only one hour with gorillas. Meaning that it is good to take gorilla habituation where you will enjoy more hours of mountain gorilla interaction. The gorilla habituation permit in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is 1500 United States dollars for Foreign-Nonresidents, then 1000 united states dollars for Foreign Residents and only Uganda shillings 750,000 per person for East African nations. We help you book and secure your permit from the Uganda Wildlife authority depending on the availability of tickets. What you need to do is to contact us and tell of the dates you prefer to travel and we check for the availability of the permit for your preferred date through the online system. After we have confirmed the availability we get to you with the invoice and you make payments and if the permits are not available on that day, we request you to choose another date. After payment, we shall send you the scanned copies showing your permit including all your particulars with booking ID to confirm your trek. It is always good to book early enough in advance since the gorilla habituation permits in Rwanda tend to sell out very quickly.

What to follow when in Bwindi for Gorilla Habituation activity.

All the tourism activities in Uganda have got rules and regulations that visitors must follow when they are involved in such activities even before that activities. Since primates such as gorillas are so special and endangered, there a lot of rules and regulations that one must follow to trek them, and it our duty as responsible travelers to make sure that we adhere to the guidelines provided. Some of the rules and regulations that one has to follow when going for the gorilla habituation process include the following. Since these gorillas are very sensitive and endangered, it is our obligation to conserve them for future generations and the following are some of the procedures which  one can follow when gorilla habituation activity can change over time;

All visitors must have a valid gorilla habituation permit which they must book in advance. These permits are sold by the Uganda wildlife authority and they are paid at USD1500.00 per person per trek for four hours.

Also like it is in gorilla trekking, all visitors to participate in gorilla habituation activity must be 15 years of age and above to increase the safety of the gorilla and those involved since young travelers of below 15 years are difficult to control.

As you start your journey to Bwindi forest for gorilla habituation, you should avoid making noise, just speak with a low voice in order not to obstruct nature. Just keep low as you observe different animal and bird species within the forest.

You don’t need to litter your water plastic bottles or polythene anyway in the trash you pass through while trekking gorillas just drop trash in the designated trash cans. This is done to conserve the environment.

You should follow your guide’s instructions and follow whatever he/she is telling you

All travelers for gorilla habituation and trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park must keep a distance of 7-5 meters away from mountain gorillas to limit the chance of disease spread from humans to gorillas.

There is no need to use flash while taking photograph and it is not allowed to eat, touch or drink while doing the gorilla habituation process

Do not use flash while taking photos, avoid eating and drinking during gorilla habituation activity.

In case you need to go for a short or long call just ask your guide to arrange for you a toilet or dig a hole within the forest. In case you develop sickness, you will be required to stay behind as the UWA plans to arrange for you another gorilla habituation experience.

How to get to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorilla Habituation?

To engage in the Gorilla Habitation experience, visitors will have to either fly to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park via Entebbe International Airport /Kajjansi airstrip to Kisoro or Kihihi airstrip or you can drive by road to the southwestern part of Uganda where the park is situated. Thus the park can as well be accessed using both air and road transport, by road transport, you drive for about 8 to 9 hours to reach the park headquarters. Despite the long road trip to Bwindi forest, this presents an opportunity for you to spot birds as you head to the park due to various stopovers you will make as you proceed, you can make a stopover at Mbarara, Igongo cultural center, and at the equator line for wonderful photography. As you can decide to use the air transport by flying to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield. There is also an option that you can fly to Kigali international airport and then access Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park via Katuna or Cyanika border, a journey that will take you only 4hours from Kigali international airport to Bwindi Forest. It is always good to have an East African Visa that will enable you multiple entries into the East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda. The East African Visa costs United States dollars 100 and you don’t need to waste time but you can as well get it on your arrival at the airport in the quickest and shortest time possible. Single entry visas are also available and you will need to pay USD 50 and 30 for Uganda and Rwanda visas respectively. Despite its safety of bird watching, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is also a destination that is very accessible.

Where to stay while on gorilla habituation safari in Bwindi?

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is served with several accommodation facilities where you can stay as you enjoy your gorilla habituation experience. The accommodation facilities are in form of lodges, hotels, and camps tailored according to your budget. There are those accommodation facilities for budget travelers, midrange lodges and hotels, and lastly the luxury or upmarket accommodation Safaris.

In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, each sector is surrounded by lodges for your comfortable stay while birding. It is thus important that you clearly understand the section of the park where you will do a gorilla habituation trip and then choose the accommodation facility that is neat the sector where you stay for easy accessibility. While staying in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, you can stay at Rushaga gorilla Haven Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Clouds Mountain Lodge, Four Gorilla Lodge, and Rushaga camp. In Buhoma, you will find accommodation facilities such as Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge, Buhoma Lodge among others. Visitors intending to do birding in the Ruhija sector can stay at can also stay at trekkers Traven lodge and Lake Bunyonyi lodges in Kabale town. There are numerous lodges in surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and as Africa Adventure vacations we make sure that we book for you an accommodation facility that is up to standard and meets your gorilla habituation safari expectations providing your best safety stay

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