Gorilla Trekking in Uganda & Rwanda

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*Urgent Notice Regarding Gorilla tracking permits
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has announced that the tariff for gorilla tracking will be raised from the current US$600 to $700 from July 1, 2020.

The increase is due to the high demand for gorilla permits over the past two years. An overflow of tourists looking for the permits means that supply has been unable to meet demand. The permit is issued by the UWA and allows visitors to track the mountain gorillas in their natural habitats.
The country’s 10 national parks attracted record numbers of visitors last year and further increases are anticipated for 2019, with the first half of the year already recording many more visitors compared with the same period last year.
Due to the high demand for gorilla tracking permits, UWA has also increased the number of gorilla families for tracking from 15 to 17, following the successful habituation of the Katwe group in Buhoma and Christmas group in Nkuringo.
Even with the increase, Uganda remains cheaper than Rwanda, whose gorilla tracking permits are currently US$1 500 per person per day. Rwanda doubled the price of its permits in May 2017 to strengthen conservation efforts and contribute to community development and the improvement of the livelihoods of communities living around national parks.
 
UGANDA: The Great Lakes Region – HOME OF THE GORILLA
Uganda, deservedly dubbed the Pearl of Africa, is located in the Great Lakes Region in central Africa and boasts an ecological diversity that rivals many larger countries. Here, Eastern savannah meets West African jungle – Uganda really does offer visitors incredible diversity with its multitude of varying ecosystems. Bordered by the Rwenzori Mountains (often called the Mountains of the Moon, the 3rd highest in Africa), the Virunga Mountains and Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria, it’s a beautiful country bursting with bird and wildlife.
In no other African destination can one see a comparable variety of primates with so little effort – not just the great apes, but also more than ten monkey species.  And if Uganda will have primate enthusiasts grinning with satisfaction, it will have birdwatchers doing cartwheels.  Uganda is by far the smallest of the four African countries in which more than 1,000 bird species have been recorded, and it is particularly rich in western rainforest specialists – in practical terms, undoubtedly the finest bird watching in Africa.
 
For most, the highlight is found amongst the forests in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where coming face to face with Endangered Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat is one of the most profound wildlife encounters you will ever experience. We have a FAQ page to answer some of the questions you might have about gorilla trekking. Discover tree climbing lions around Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth National Park, trek chimps in Kibale Forest or Chamburu Gorge, or snatch massive Nile Perch up north at Murchison Falls where the mighty Nile cascades through a gap just 7m wide. Adrenaline junkies will find Jinja simply exhilarating; with its white-water rafting, kayaking and bungee jumping activities Jinja is rapidly emerging as East Africa’s answer to that more southerly “adrenaline capital” Victoria Falls.
 
We invite you to explore Uganda, a diverse landscape with abundant wildlife, plenty to discover and unique experiences you’ll struggle to find words to do justice to when recounting your time in this jewel of a country.
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RWANDA: LAND OF THOUSAND HILLS
Remarkable Rwanda is just that. Like a Phoenix rising from its turbulent past, this is a surprising country – safe, clean, proud and breathtakingly beautiful with loads to offer the adventurous traveller by Trekking endangered Mountain Gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park, exploring the forests of Nyungwe Forest on canopy walks, canoeing on Lake Kivu and a safari in Akagera National Park of this East African Gem. Lonely Planet suggests, “a front-row seat to the Jungle”. Remarkable Rwanda is just that – from humble, hopeful locals to the many natural gems, unique wildlife encounters and haunting history, there are countless reasons to visit and even more to return again.

**Please note: The manufacturing, importation, use and sale of polythene bags is prohibited by law in Rwanda.  Please avoid the use of polythene bags (which are usually used for the carriage of goods purchased in duty-free shops) in order to avoid the importation of polythene bags and support the implementation of this law.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Yellow fever inoculation is compulsory & malaria prophylactics are recommended. For gorilla trekking it is imperative that you are healthy and free of any disease or virus – officials do have the right to refuse entry if you are found to have or show any signs of communicable illnesses. Should you opt to spend time participating in any UWEC Wildlife Integration programme, you may require additional inoculations and health clearances.

VISA REQUIREMENTS:
Most nationalities require a visa to enter Uganda. All visitors who require a visa should apply through the online application system prior to arrival at https://visas.immigration.go.ug. Cost is USD 50 (approximately), single entry. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the return date of travel, or 12 months in the case of UK nationals, and have at least 3 blank pages in it. The newly established EAC Visa allows entry into Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya for one fee of USD100 (approximately) – handy if you are visiting all three regions.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Is compulsory for all guests travelling with Wild Frontiers.

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