Travel documents to Uganda

Travel Documents Required for Gorilla Trekking

Are you planning a gorilla safari to Uganda, Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of Congo? you ought to have the following list of travel documents to allow you to see the endangered gorillas. In all gorilla destinations, the government requires certain travel documents that every traveler visiting to see gorillas must-have. Short of these, a traveler will be denied access to the endangered gorillas in their natural habitats. The reasons for travel documents are to clarify information about the traveler, confirm safety from any sicknesses hence ensuring the safety of endangered gorillas and promote sustainable tourism in Africa. Travel agents require these documents during gorilla tour bookings. Also, you will be asked to present these documents at immigrations and at respective borders. Check the list of travel documents for gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo with Africa Adventure Safaris.

Gorilla Permit

Gorilla permit information in Uganda

Uganda Gorilla Permit

This is the number one must-have for any traveler visiting to trek gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A gorilla permit is a pass to see gorillas without which you cannot access the endangered gorillas. Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500 each and $450 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Uganda, the cost of gorilla permits varies depending on the travelers’ nationality. Uganda gorilla permits cost $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX for East African residents. Uganda Wildlife Authority in Uganda, Rwanda Development Board in Rwanda and the Management of Virunga National Park in Congo issue gorilla permits. Each day, Uganda has 144 gorilla permits available for issuing Rwanda has 80 permits while Congo has 64 gorilla permits available every day. Gorilla permit availability depends on the number of gorilla families habituated in that particular country. Due to the popularity and high demand for gorilla tours in Africa, travelers are advised to book for permits at least 6 months in advance to avoid last-minute disappointments.

Visa is yet another must-have travel document by every traveler going to see mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Travelers can apply for visas online with respective embassies before the traveling date. Here, a traveler visits the immigration page for a respective country, opens the application form, fill in the required information and submit. You can apply for a single Visa to Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Alternatively, you can apply for a single East African visa which allows you to visit Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo without applying for single visas. A traveler will freely cross borders and stay in any of the three countries with no disturbance for 90 Days. The permit costs $100 and is accessed at the entrance of either Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo depending on which country the trip starts from.


Travel documents to Rwanda

Rwanda Passport

Every foreigner trekking to see gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo must have a valid passport. A photocopy of the original passport is required during the booking process while the original passport is required at entry points to mountain gorilla destinations. Passports help to tell the actual information about the traveler, date of birth, nationality, gender, and names. However East African citizens without passports can only presentational Identity Cards.

Other travel documents
Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate
Ensure to go for yellow fever vaccination before traveling to see mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Remember to carry your vaccination certificate because you will be asked for it at the entry point to any East African country. Mountain gorillas are endangered gorillas susceptible to human sicknesses. Any traveler with yellow fever can, therefore, expose the endangered gorillas to danger.

Citizenship Identity Card
For travelers who are citizens in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo, endeavor to carry your citizenship Identity Card to prove that you are indeed a citizen.

Tip for gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo
Check out the gorilla trekking tips and advice with Africa Adventure Safaris to ensure a memorable gorilla encounter. These include
• Do not trek when sick
• Carry your permit
• Keep a distance of seven meters away from gorillas
• Do not use flashlight cameras
• Avoid direct eye contact with the gorillas
• Do not touch the gorillas
• Do not litter in the park
• Do not run when a gorilla charges
• Dress right for the jungle (hiking boots, gardening gloves, hat, sunglasses, sweaters, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and rain jackets among others.

Conclusively, mountain gorilla trekking is a dream come true for most travelers on African Safaris. Plan your gorilla safari today, get your travel documents in time and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience with Africa Adventure Safaris.

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