Price of Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Price of Gorilla Trekking in Uganda is as cheap as $ 600 and the traveler gets a chance to do gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park of Bwindi Forest. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in two destinations that is Bwindi Impenetrable national park which is located in southwestern Uganda in Kanungu district and harbors the highest number of gorillas in Africa and Mgahinga gorilla national park which is located in southwestern Uganda in Kisoro district. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is an adventurous activity where visitors above the age of fifteen years move into the deep tropical rainforest in search of the endangered mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with the gorillas in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking is the most popular activity in Uganda which offers breathtaking and exceptional experiences to visitors on a gorilla trekking safari, therefore, every visitor wants to know the price of gorilla trekking in Uganda before embarking on a gorilla trekking safari.
Bwindi Impenetrable forest is one of the destinations in Uganda which harbor half of the mountain gorillas in Africa. mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park have been habituated into 19 gorilla families and they are found in four sectors that is Buhoma sector in the northern part of the park, Rushaga sector in the southern part, Nkuringo sector in the southern part and Ruhija sector in the eastern part of Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. Mgahinga gorilla national park also harbors two habituated gorilla families including the Nyakagezi family and the Hirwa family which migrated from Volcanoes national park in Rwanda in October 2019. These habituated families in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park are available for gorilla trekking on a daily basis and allow a maximum of 8 people to trek each habituated gorilla family.
Achieve Global Safari is a trusted tour company that organizes gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda that is in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park and also in other destinations like Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park in Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda offers cheaper gorilla trekking safaris compared to other gorilla destinations in Africa and the price is determined by various factors which include gorilla trekking permit, accommodation, length of a gorilla trekking safari, transportation and the car used for the safari.
Gorilla trekking Uganda price breakdown
Price of Gorilla trekking permit
A gorilla trekking permit is a legal document issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority a tourism body in Uganda which allows visitors to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in either Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. A single gorilla trekking permit in Uganda costs $600 for the foreign non-residents, $500 for the foreign residents and UGX250,000 for the East African citizens though starting from 1st July 2020 the gorilla trekking permit will cost $700 for the foreign non-residents and $600 for the foreign residents. This gorilla trekking permit price is cheaper compared to Rwanda where the gorilla trekking permit costs $1500 for all nationalities.
Uganda also offers gorilla habituation experience to visitors who are interested in spending more time with the gorillas as they are being habituated. Gorilla habituation process only takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and the permit costs $1500 allowing visitors to spend four hours with the mountain gorillas.
Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda can be acquired directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in Kampala or through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris which will organize your entire safari including the transportation, accommodation, meals, gorilla trekking permit and activity you wish to be added on your itinerary.
Price of Accommodation
When budgeting for your gorilla trekking Uganda price, accommodation facilities is also one of the factors to consider depending on the length or number of nights you want to spend on your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. Achieve Global Safaris has various gorilla trekking packages for Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park with the minimum gorilla trekking safaris being 3days Bwindi gorilla safari and 2days gorilla trekking Uganda from Kigali. During the 3 days Bwindi gorilla safari, you will spend two nights in one of the lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and the itinerary can be broken down as follows on day 1 you will leave Entebbe airport/ Kampala and drive to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park which is located in southwestern Uganda and the journey takes about 8 to 9 hours’ drive on a tarmac road, day 2 carry out gorilla trekking activity in Bwindi which takes about 2 to 7 hours and on day 3 depart from Bwindi to Kampala.
On your 2days gorilla trekking Uganda from Kigali you will spend one night in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and it can be broken down as follows day 1 transfer from Kigali to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park where you will cross via Cyanika border in Kisoro or Katuna border in Kabale and the distance takes about 3 to 4 hours’ drive and on day 2 you will do gorilla trekking which takes about 2 to 7 hours and then travel back to Kigali for your flight.
In Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park there are three types of accommodation facilities that is luxury, midrange and budget accommodation. The lodges in both destinations usually offer full board services which include accommodation and all meals. Budget accommodation prices in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park range from $50 to $70 per room when sharing in a group of two people, mid-range accommodation prices range from $80 to $120 per room when sharing in a group of two people and the luxury accommodation prices start from $150 per person when sharing a room. Achieve Global Safari has various luxury and midrange lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park which are selected for visitors who come for a gorilla trekking tour in Uganda, therefore, you can contact us for more information on the accommodation prices.
Cost of transport for gorilla trekking in Uganda
When budgeting for transportation you will consider the safari vehicle, the guide who will be driving you to and from the destination and the fuel that will be used. Achieve Global Safaris owns a number of safari vans which will transport you on your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and we can also hire land cruiser vehicles for visitors depending on the type of vehicle you want to use for your gorilla trekking safari, therefore, contact us on the transportation rates for each gorilla trekking package in Bwindi Impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla trekking national park.
For visitors who want to use public means of transport on their gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park, Achieve Global Safaris will acquire for you a gorilla trekking permit though we don’t recommend public means of transport.
There is also an option of flying to the Bwindi Impenetrable national part or Mgahinga gorilla national park. In case you want to fly on your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda there are domestic airlines like Aerolink which operate scheduled flights from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kihihi airstrip which is the nearest airstrip to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Kisoro airstrip which is the nearest airstrip to Mgahinga gorilla national park, you can as well fly to Kigali international airport transfer to Bwindi for gorilla trekking and then go back to Kigali. Achieve Global Safaris can book for you tickets for your gorilla trekking flying safari to and from Bwindi Impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. Therefore on your gorilla trekking flying safari you will budget for the plane ticket and the vehicle which will pick you up from Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip to the park.
Cost of a porter
Porters are people who offer help to visitors during gorilla trekking in either Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. Due to steep slopes in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park porters are recommended for all the visitors in that they will be able to carry your bag with packed lunch, drinking water and other gorilla trekking equipment, offer help in case of a pull and a push during gorilla trekking especially during the rainy season. When you hire a porter on your gorilla trekking safari you will be contributing to the community development in that some porters are school children and others have families to take care of.
The tip is an appreciation that visitors give as an appreciation for the services offered. Gorilla trekking tips can be offered to the guides at the end of a safari, park guides after gorilla trekking, waiters and waitresses at the lodges and porters who will be helping you during gorilla trekking. In Uganda there is no strict tipping policy therefore visitors can tip as much as they feel they want to tip.
Booking a gorilla trekking tour in Uganda
Gorilla trekking tour in either Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park can be booked any time of the year though its advised to book at least 3 to 5 months in advance before the trekking date because the gorilla trekking permits in Uganda are competitive and usually get sold out therefore to avoid disappointments its advised to book in advance.
For more information about gorilla trekking Uganda price you can contact our experienced tour consultants at Achieve Global Safaris for more details or you can check out our gorilla trekking packages for Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park and other gorilla destinations like Volcanoes national park, Kahuzi Biega national park, and Virunga national park.