Requesting for extra gorilla permits from UWA

Yes, as we have said, sometimes the Uganda wildlife authority provides extra gorilla trekking permits for Bwindi or Mgahinga

Requesting For Extra Gorilla Trekking Permit For Mgahinga and Bwindi Parks

Are you requesting for extra gorilla trekking permit for Mgahinga and Bwindi national parks? This is a normal phenomenon whereby tour companies in Uganda request extra gorilla trekking permits more than those they booked. To our esteemed clients, this might be new to you but this article aims at availing to you, incidences under which extra gorilla trekking permits are requested from UWA by a registered tour company. Gorilla trekking remains one of the core tourism activities in Uganda that is loved by most tourists. The activity takes place in Uganda, Rwanda, and the democratic republic of Congo. In Uganda, the extra gorilla trekking permits requested are for Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park since these are the only parks that house the endangered mountain gorillas.  The other activities where mountain gorillas can be found include the Virunga National Park and Volcanoes national park in Congo and Rwanda respectively.

Requesting for extra gorilla permits from UWA

Yes, as we have said, sometimes the Uganda wildlife authority provides extra gorilla trekking permits for Bwindi or Mgahinga National Parks and these gorillas according to UWA policy, are offered on a first come first serve basis simply because of the stiff competition on the permits which makes the permits sold quickly. Thus there instances whereby tourists contact UWA and they are told that permits have been sold all, however, this doesn’t mean that your chances of trekking gorillas are over, you can go ahead and request for extra more gorilla permits  and these are the ways of how you can  best request for extra gorilla trekking permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority;

Why tour operators or companies request extra trekking permits?

This happens on rare occasions anywhere by tour companies request for extra gorilla trekking permits for Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park or Mgahinga National park. and UWA will not be hesitant to give the extra permits to the tour operator especially when the client has booked the permit in advance for a big group of people and the group increase in number then here the tour operator is free to request extra gorilla permits to cater for the additional number of people on the traveling group. However, in granting these extra permits, there conditions and terms attached to this according to UWA extra permit issuance guidelines, If indeed your cause is genuine, you will be granted the extra permits and one of the conditions for you to enjoy or get the extra permit is that you should have booked in advance the gorilla trekking permit and it should be the same date where you need that extra permits. However, the Uganda Wildlife Authority has all the rights to grant you or deny you the gorilla trekking permits.

How to apply for extra gorilla permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority

In case you need extra gorilla trekking permits for Bwindi or Mgahinga national park, what you will have to do is to write officially to Uganda Wildlife executive directors offices be pressing your interests in getting extra permits on the same date you had booked the previous one stating clearing the reason as to why you need the permit and why you dint book it for the first time. Upon receiving your letter, the staff at UWA will go back into the system and verify all the information provided majorly to see if you had booked the permit of that available dates and which park or sector of the park was booked. The evaluation team will do its job and once it is proven beyond a reasonable doubt that you deserve the chance to get the extra permit, then you will be permitted to trek and get more extra permits. Usually, the gorilla permits are printed and come in form of cards but for extra gorilla permits, you will be given a letter attached to the card and you will go with it and introduce it to the chief warden of the park the day you will track the gorillas. It is the duty of the chief warden if he or she wants to confirm if he or she can call at UWA head office. Even the Warden is notified of this development through an email that is sent to him by the head office. Please feel free to contact Africa Adventure Vacations on how to request extra gorilla trekking permits.

Uganda Wildlife Authority has all the rights to deny you more permits over or additional gorilla trekking permits though you may have a valid reason and this could probably be that a certain group of people has already booked to visit a certain habituated gorilla family in question and this number is eight based on the rules governing the conservation efforts and people a group of people trekking a certain habituated gorilla family should not exceed 8 unless there is something special. All the gorilla countries spearhead combined efforts to conserve the gorillas and the rule of limiting the number of gorilla trekking cuts across all the countries. Therefore, in case you are denied an extra gorilla trekking permit don’t think that it is intentional but rather there is a reason for that.

In case they give you an extra gorilla trekking permit, it means that the number for visiting the gorillas per day will exceed and what happens, the Uganda wildlife authority has got about 2 gorilla families that are still unhabituated and these can trek on special consideration request and if this happens at the when extra gorilla trekking permits are requested, and such families are available but not yet opened to the public for trekking bit the Uganda Wildlife Authority may grant you an opportunity to do that just on special consideration.

Yes, it true that you can opt for requesting the extra gorilla trekking permit but it is not a must that UWA will help you out. Therefore you should always book your gorilla trekking permits in advance to avoid such incidences and Inconveniences and to miss the opportunity in case there are extra gorilla permit requests. Suppose you are anticipated that more people will be added to your group then you can reserve more gorilla permits for the anticipated people and gave enough gorillas instead of just having few gorilla permits. You can pay up to 30% of the total cost and pay later when your people book and confirm the group trip tour. And Incas you have more gorilla permits than the people who have confirmed the travel, then you can resell the permits or transfer the permits for a future date. Please contact us about how best you can reschedule your gorilla trekking permit or resell them and we assist you.

Are you an international tour operator providing extensive group tours that are slated to trek gorillas in Uganda’s parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga? You have booked already the permits but you would want to extend the group and you are thinking of how best you are going to request extra gorilla trekking permits/ reach out at Africa Adventure Vacations we will try and do for you everything you need including booking extra gorilla permits for you and we do this only if you have booked with us exclusively, we offer a lot of gorilla safari packages to Uganda’s best national parks and even we extend our gorilla trekking safaris beyond Ugandan borders to Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo where gorillas are found as well.

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