What is a Gorilla Permit and why do you need it?
A gorilla permit - or gorilla pass - is an official document in the form of a re-usable card issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) or the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) that allows travelers with a minimum age of 15 years to legally track mountain gorillas in the following three places:
- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda
- Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda
Why do you need a gorilla permit? Without a mountain gorilla permit, you can't see the gorillas in the wild as these areas are protected by armed rangers. For the local governments, the gorilla pass is a way of regulating these gorilla safari activities and receiving proper statistics on the number of tourists participating in gorilla treks as well as the money earned in order to conduct good policy and protect this endangered primate species. Make sure to secure your gorilla trekking permit well in advance.
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