Gorilla Permits Bookings – Uganda and Rwanda

Gorilla Permits In Uganda And Rwanda

Are you planning to go for gorilla trekking or gorilla habituation in Bwindi or Volcanoes National Park Rwanda? Have you already secured a permit or you have not yet because you do not know how much it costs? Well, with a permit at hand, you are definitely on upper hand to see gorillas although this doesn’t guarantee you a hundred percent that you will see one. In gorilla trekking, one permit is equal to one habituated gorilla group by securing one in advance gives you in an added advantage. Once you are assigned to one habituated gorilla family, you will be accompanied by a trained park guide who takes trekkers through the entire trekking process in the thick forest to see the rare mountain gorillas.

Mountain gorillas are only found in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but at a moment, the DR Congo Virunga National Park is currently closed till 2019. To be part of gorilla trekking in any of the destinations, you need to have a permit at hand and in Uganda, you need $600 if you are foreign non-resident, $500 if you are a foreign resident and those within East African community you need to have shs.250000. With two more new habituated gorilla families that have been opened for this life changing adventure, over 136 permits are always available for visitors to book. You can book one through a local tour operator/company and for this case, you don’t need to look any further because we are among a few most trust worthy tour companies you can deal with and we can make your dream come true in Africa.

The other alternative is for you to book directly with a reservationist at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) whose headquarters is based in Kamokya-Kampala. However, most tourists prefer dealing with the ground tour operator why, because the process is simpler and the fact that about 80 percent of the available permits are always given to tour operators and only 2o percent remain with UWA of which the process tends to be tiresome if dealt directly with Uganda Wildlife Authority. The process for booking a permit is almost the same as that of UWA whereby you will be required to contact a reservationist to help find out the availability of permits and then book one for you once you are done making money transfer to company’s account/UWA’s account. You will also be required to submit your details especially your names, passport number, nationality and other necessary details.

For those you who may want to enhance their experiences further, there is also gorilla habituation experience which is only conducted in Bwindi National Park and only in Uganda. Permits for this extraordinary adventure cost $1500 per person for foreign non-residents, $1000 for foreign residents and shs.750000 for East African community residents.

A gorilla permit is generally a license which is issued to visitors on gorilla safari and it is what offers trekkers opportunity to have a face to face encounter with these rare creatures for only an hour. A face to face encounter with these dramatic creatures is undoubtedly a magical experience of lifetime.

In Rwanda, you can secure one at $1500 through a local tour operator or through a reservationist at Rwanda Development Board (RDB). Interested visitors on gorilla safari to any of the destinations are always advised to book their permits in advance at least three to six months earlier to avoid any disappointment. Note that demand for these permits is very high and can even be worse when it is a dry season which is also a high/peak season and they can be few. Also it is important to note that only eight trekkers are allowed to track. The dry season/high season usually begins from June to September and this is normally the longest dry season and the short one starts from December to February. During this period, the demand is high and you need to book one early enough.

Conclusively, a gorilla permit is a must to have if you are to be allowed to track mountain gorillas in either Uganda or Rwanda or even the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Book one in advance your dreams will be achieved in africa!

Ngiri Reserve Congo

If you are planning to spend your next safari holiday in the Democratic Republic of Congo and you are looking for the most exceptional conservation area to visit then Ngiri Reserve is the best choice that you should make and you won’t regret thereafter. The Ngiri Reserve is natural wonder of its own. It lies in the western side of Equateur province, Bomongo, Makanza and Bikoro border. A 1000 square kilometer reserve stretches to the north from the Congo River confluence and River Ubangi and its establishment is mainly to for refuge to most of its vast biodiversity and ecosystem. Initially, it was proposed to form the Ngiri triangle in 1975, an area which lies between Ubangi, Congo and Ngiri Rivers, however this was not accomplished.

But it was revived by World Wide Fund in the Lake Tele-Lake Tumba landscape project which included the Tumba Ngiri Maindombe wetland. Around 2010, the cooperation agreement between governments of the Republic of Congo and that of the DR Congo on the Lake Tele-Lake Tumba landscape offered for establishment of Ngiri reserve and the Mabali -scientific reserve to add on the Tumba-Lediima reserve in the DR Congo and Lake Tele community reserve in the Republic of the Congo. The Ngiri nature reserve was established by a decree of the Ministry of Environment in March 2011 with the engagement of the World Wide Fund (WWF).

Ngiri Reserve mainly consists of swamp forest, several streams and Rivers. Ngiri River flows from the north to south via the center of this conservation area prior connecting to the Ubangi. The large zone which surrounds the Ngiri nature reserve comprises of the changing marshy grassland savanna, swamp forests and seasonally flooded forests. The savanna is usually burnt during dry season while in some cases, it floods and the usual species of trees which grow here include the Entandrophragma palustre, Uapaca heudelotii Coelocaryon botryoides and Oubanguia Africana and Guibourtia demeusei.

The weather and climate of Ngiri reserve

Ngiri Reserve receives relative rainfall amount all year round and in average, it is about 1770 mm approximately 70 in though in most cases can be a bit heavier than that especially from August-October and lighter amount is received between April and May. Ubangi and Ngiri usually receive the highest amount especially from September-November whereas the Congo side receives its highest amount of rainfall around October and December.

Ngiri reserve features as the best breeding area for most of the aquatic birdlife specifically the African darters, reed cormorants, purple herons and in the low season, the rosy bee eaters and African river martins are attracted to this area, making it one of the best birding areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Besides, it is the only area in the DR Congo where you will spot the Congo sunbird. There are also African bush elephants and Allen’s swamp monkeys. The area is inhabited by few people who largely engage in fishing and hunting as a source of living. Most of the settlements are around Bomongo which also features as the only town which is near to this protected area and the capital Equateur province, Mbandaka is located in the south while the Tshuapa River enters the Congo from the east.

In conclusion, Ngiri Reserve is remarkably one of the best protected areas in the DR Congo and if you are planning for African safari, it should be a must to include in your travel plan. For bird lovers, the reserve is best for you to spot out the Congo sunbird and other bird species and not to forget variety of wildlife species that thrive within the reserve.

Mikeno Lodge in DR Congo

Are you planning to go for mountain gorilla safari in Congo (Virunga National Park) but you are wondering about where you spend a night before or thereafter your breathtaking adventure? Have you ever heard about Mikeno Lodge? Well, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the three only countries in the world where the rare mountain gorillas are inhabited and to realize your dreams with these special creatures while they are in their natural home has been facilitated by presence of luxury and comfortable accommodation facilities and Mikeno Lodge is one of a kind lodging facilities that shouldn’t miss out in your travel plan.

This lodge is features as a luxury facility and it is only one and half hours drive off Goma and it comes with huge bungalows and the best restaurant. Mikeno Lodge and its restaurant are situated in the forest and they present the most spectacular views of the mighty rift valley and the Nyiragongo and Mikeno Mountains. If you are a nature lover, you can as well embark on nature walks and exploration of local areas of your interest or simply sight out most of the bird species and several of resident blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, baboons and chimpanzees that come around the lodge area. The cost of accommodation goes at $330 per person for single room, $475 for double and $705 for triple including breakfast, lunch, dinner and 16 percent of government value added tax but excluding transport cost.

If you are looking for hidden natural wonders then Mikeno Lodge is one of the best options for you while on safari to Virunga National Park. The lodge’s bungalow accommodation is spacious, luxurious and offer adequate privacy that any traveler wishes to have while on safari, each of which features incredible trees or offer spectacular valley views. Every bungalow also features its own fireplace that the staff light each evening while visitors are out enjoying their dinner. The lodge features materials such as thatch, mahogany and lava stone from the Virunga Mountains that make it one of the most beautiful places compared to the rest of the lodging facilities in the Virunga National Park.

Mikeno Lodge features 12 detached bungalows all of which present comfortable atmospheres for visitors while in the jungle. Each of the bungalows features en-suit bathrooms; stone curved sinks, baths and showers. The main lodge comes with open plan communal areas where visitors can chill, share a drink and sit down for dinner. The balcony comes with stunning views of the luxuriant vegetation and the traditional African structure with a thatched roof where communities gather for outdoor meals and get togethers. The lodge has professional chefs that make about 3 (three) course meals in the onsite restaurant using the lodge’s very own vegetation garden and this offers you opportunity to have a taste of fresh products. There is also a fully deigned room and stocked bar for you to relax in the evening.

The lodge is strategically located in away that visitors can engage in mountain gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking in the Virunga National Park. It is just within a walking distance of the Senkwekwe center at Rumangabo that takes care of orphaned gorillas. You can also take a cultural walk to the nearby local communities and coffee plantations and visit the Widows Workshop-a project operated by the park that assists rangers’ widows learn significant skills that they can support their families.

Also, children are also welcome to have a stay at Mikeno Lodge however certain adventures have limitation especially hiking the Nyiragongo Mountain which requires persons above 12 years and for mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, you have to be 15 years and above. However, there are some activities that can be organized for children as well as parents embark on strenuous mountain hike at Nyiragongo or mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking.

In conclusion therefore, Mikeno Luxury Lodge is not only for visitors to have comfortable accommodation but also a place for one to have the most exciting and interesting experiences while on mountain gorilla trekking, chimpanzee adventures, hiking Mountain Nyiragongo, nature walks, bird watching and many more.