PERMITS AND VISAS
The cost and availability of gorilla permits varies by country and park and ranges from US $500 - $600 per 1 hour viewing. You will also need to budget for visa fees (costs vary), transfer and a local service fee (approx US $60 - $75) and to renew your Ugandan or Kenyan visa upon re-entry should we have to go to Rwanda or DR Congo. The government often increases the permit and transfer costs without notice, so we ask that you budget for the highest amount, so that you don't suddenly have to find additional money to partake in this wonderful experience. We recommend you budget a total of $850.
To book a Uganda gorilla trekking permit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla Parks in Uganda, go to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters in Kampala. These permits are on such high demand and you may have to book about 3 months in advance to guarantee seeing the gorillas. It may be better to use a travel agency to book before travelling.
A much more convenient but slightly more expensive option would be to book onto an organised trip from somewhere like the Backpackers Hostel or Red Chilli Hideaway in Uganda (see ‘Local Transport’ section). Here you will meet new people to share this experience with (could be a good or bad thing!) and all visas and permit costs/logistics will be taken care of. You can probably get away with booking through them a week or so in advance but don’t count on it, if you don't want to miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime experience ... book well in advance.