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Budget Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

Budget Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

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This a great pleasure for the tourists who wish to visit the country this year on a budget basis. The gorilla permits have been reduced in the moths of April, May  and November and if you have never tracked/tracked gorillas before in the country, this year   you should not miss to come and view or see the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda.

The prices have been reduced by the issuing body in the country- The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). The only body which is allowed to issue the gorilla trekking permits is the Uganda Wildlife Authority {UWA}. The reduced mountain gorillas this year stand as follows; for the foreign Non- residents visiting the country, they are supposed  to pay U$ 450 and this must be paid in advance. For the foreign Residents they must pay U$ 350 and for the natives of the country who are Ugandan, a fee of 100000 Ugandan shillings must be paid.

The tourism industry observers in the country this year have seen this as an intention to draw more tourists in the country because the gorillas are the main attractions in the country therefore, reducing the gorilla permit, it a clear explanation of drawing or welcoming more tourists to come to Uganda most especially during the low season months of April, May and November to come and see the gorillas. This will inject in more incomes in the country and also increase on the country’s GDP.  For the case of the republic of Rwanda the prices of the mountain gorillas have maintained constant at U$ 750 and t this seems to be no hope of them reviewing the price this year as compared to Uganda in the nearby future or consideration of the low season.

More information about mountain gorillas, they are only found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of Rwanda and Uganda. The total number in these countries is critically endangered with the estimated number in all these countries being at 780 and the world as a whole. Surprising, half of this are  believed  be living in Bwindi Impenetrable  Forest  National park and the remaining big   number in   Volcanoes national park in the republic of Rwanda and Mgahinga Gorilla national Park in Uganda and Virunga national park in Congo.

Following the Insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Rwanda, it is only safe to track mountain gorillas either in Rwanda or in the republic of Rwanda. For the case of Rwanda, the mountain gorillas there are un predictable and not very reliable. This is because they keep on crossing the borders thus making their tracking very uncertain. However, the experience offered  by the three major parks where the national parks where these gorillas are found is almost similar therefore the biggest factor now determining where you go is either the cost or availability of the gorilla permits which is issued by Uganda wildlife authority.

Buying the gorilla permit at U$ 450 does not mean that you are going very many to view the gorillas. The maximum number to view the gorillas still remain at 8 persons. Only this number of people can visit a given gorilla family per day and there are 12 gorilla  families that  have been habituated in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and out of this number, nine of these  are available for tracking and one is dedicated to research purposes. This makes the total number of gorilla permits which are vailable for sale per day or each day at 96 gorilla families though the republic of Rwanda takes 80 persons a day. This means that Uganda takes more people than Rwanda.

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