Uganda Wildlife Authority announces discounted rates for Gorilla permits
Friday July 8, 2011 Uganda Wildlife Authority has announced promotional sale of gorilla permits covering May, October and November.
The promotional price is $ 350 for Foreign Non residents, $250 for foreign residents and sh. 100,000 for East Africans. The promotional price is applicable to unsold permits that are offered to be sold at this discounted rate but not all available permits in the month.
The permits may not be extended and cancelled, outside the guideless given above.
UWA plans to implement the promotional sales jointly with private sector operators especially hotel owners tour operators and airlines.
The private sector will provide complimentary rates for accommodation, meals and transport to complement the price reduction offered by UWA.Due to the huge demand for gorilla permits during the high season months, many tourists miss out on this activity due to the shortages of permits. It is expected that tourists who are unable to track the gorilla during the high seasons will consider doing so during this period at a discounted price.
It is also an opportunity for Ugandans and long term visitors to Uganda to enjoy this unique opportunity of viewing the mountain gorillas and thereby create a better understanding of their conservation status and create more ambassadors for the species.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a total of 28 gorilla families of which 6 are habituated for tourism, one is habituated for research and two more are in the process of habituation for tourism. Bwindi is home to over half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population.