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Uganda and Rwanda when get combined represent the best of East Africa and home to a vibrant population of richest primates, misty hiking paths, lush green forest, and stunning bird-watching circuits. Where Rwanda offers some out-shine destinations to witness some shy nature giants, Uganda offers half of the gorilla population of the world.
While visiting these countries for Gorilla Trekking Safaris, you need to avail of a gorilla permit to visit the lush forest where these gorillas reside. A gorilla permit is a document or card issued by Rwanda Development Board or Uganda Wildlife Authority. These permits allow the visitors above 15 years old to go on Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. A gorilla trekking permit can allow you to view gorilla for 1 hour after you spot a gorilla family.
However, there are many destinations where you can meet these giant gorillas who look furious though by nature they are very shy and soft. But if you are an avid primate lover and looking for spectacular mountain gorillas in action then there can’t be a better place apart from Uganda and Rwanda.
Rwanda is a smaller country than Uganda however; Rwanda Safari offers an exquisite opportunity to discover mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke.
Uganda is a popular destination that has half of the mountain gorilla’s population available in the world; Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari takes you to explore Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
If you are planning for Rwanda Safari or Uganda Safaris you can book a gorilla permit by contacting UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) in Uganda and RDB (Rwanda Development Board) in Rwanda. These bookings can be done by phone or email but it’s more advisable to book through your tour operator. Mostly direct bookings take a lot of time issuing authorities mostly stay busy and take a long time to respond to individual’s emails or calls where the operators got the availability schedules so they can book it easily. It’s preferable to book 4-6 months before you visit Uganda or Rwanda.
Gorilla permits are issued by different permitting bodies in both countries, while Uganda gorilla permits are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authorities, the Rwanda gorilla permits are issued by Rwanda Development Board and both the permits allow witnessing gorillas in their respective countries. While both the countries decided to increase the gorilla permit’s cost Uganda didn’t raise the price much higher and kept it $700 only by increasing just $100, Rwanda gorilla permits however increased from $750 to $1500. This increased price will be official from July 2020.
Due to the incredible difference between the trekking permits the cost of both the countries; Uganda Gorilla Trekking is more popular. There is a huge difference between the costs, so those who are looking for affordable gorilla trekking holidays they are more preferring Uganda than Rwanda. Having a goal of attracting more quality visitors Rwanda increased its permit cost incredibly. Uganda, on the other hand, succeeded to attract more visitors to those who want to have an affordable trip. The decision of Rwandan govt. was though criticized by tourism gurus like Professor Wolfgang E.
Are you confused with the word Migration? Well, it’s not what you are exactly thinking; the migration here refers to the change of interest of many visitors who were interested earlier to visit Rwanda. Thousands of visitors used to choose Rwanda for witnessing these rarest muscular gorillas now is been shifting their interest to Uganda. Uganda is not only a country that offers a good wildlife view but also there are many other animals including the unique tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park that attracts more interest to travelers.
The increased rate of the gorilla permits is going to implement from 2020 July, so if you are looking for Gorilla Trekking Rwanda after July 2020 you will get charged an incredibly high fee for Rwanda. Rwanda Safari offers unusual beautiful trekking, lush green forest, misty mountains, and a good number of gorillas but the Gorilla trekking fees a bit higher. However, the Gorilla trekking in Rwanda will be exclusive. If you are choosing Uganda, 2020 will bring you amazing deals with really cheap Uganda Gorilla Trekking permits price. If you are looking for a trip with a decent budget choosing Uganda would be cheaper and perfect for you. Uganda is one of the smallest countries of East Africa that has received many awards in the travel and tourism industry than any other country of the continent. There are top-rated travel and tourism leaders like Lonely Planet, National Geographic in 2013 and 2019, Rough Guides, CNN, the and New York Times has declared Uganda one of the prime destination to attract visitors. Visit Uganda in 2020 with one of the top safari operators of East African Countries SASO Uganda Safaris.