How much does it cost to see gorillas in Uganda?
How much does it cost to see gorillas in Uganda? One of the main question required by tourists wishing to take a tour in Uganda for gorilla expeditions is how much does it cost to see gorillas in Uganda?. Gorillas in Uganda habit two parks namely Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park both lying in the southwestern part of Uganda adjacent to Congo and Rwanda borders.
Uganda is a home to more than half of the world’s remaining endangered mountain gorillas, out of 1063 mountain gorillas in the world Uganda has over 500 mountain gorillas in it’s her territories. These endangered gorilla species can be accessed tourists via gorilla trekking adventures.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is an important activity involving travelers traversing via the dense tropic rain forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga looking for endangered mountain gorillas and once found they spend one with them learning their feeding habits, copulation, and their entire way of life of these creatures.
Tourist board on the activity of gorilla habituation and trekking is done very in the morning after a briefing at the park’s headquarters and the memorial journey to the jungle does begin. After seeing the trekked gorilla family, you will spend only one-hour taking photos and ask anything you want to know about gorillas.
Importantly seeing these gorillas through trekking you need to get a valid gorilla trekking permits which cost United States dollars 700 to access Uganda’s gorilla’s parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga, 1500 United States Dollars to access Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and 400 Unites states dollars to access Virungas National park in Congo. Travelers to Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park can see gorillas in four sections of this park which include Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija, and Rushaga.
Gorilla permits are key when planning the cost to see gorillas in African wildness. Without a gorilla trekking permit, you cannot be allowed to access gorilla parks of Bwindi, Mgahinga, Volcanoes, and Virunga. Therefore, the cost of seeing gorillas in Uganda and any other destination is equivalent to the cost of buying a gorilla permit. In Uganda effective July 2020, the cost of getting a gorilla permit was increased from 600 USD to USD 700 for foreign nine residents while it remains at USD 600 for foreign residents. While travelers for the gorilla habituation process will pay USD 150. The gorilla habituation process allows you to spend more time with gorillas up to 4 hours as compared to gorilla trekking where you spend only 1 hour with the gorillas.
At Africa adventure vacations once you confirm your gorilla trekking expeditions to Uganda by paying the permit costs, we shall get a permit for you from Uganda wildlife Authority and confirm to you with the receipt that we shall send you online and the date you’re supposed to come and trek the gorillas. It is always good to book and pay in advance the gorilla permit since they are highly demanded.
Also, the cost of seeing gorillas in Uganda goes along with the cost of transportation Uganda gorilla parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga. It takes 8 to 9 hours to travel from Uganda’s Entebbe international airport to either Bwindi or Mgahinga national park for gorilla trekking by road. This safari seems long but it will occupy you with unbelievable stopovers for relaxation especially at the equator line at Kayabwe, you can as well bypass lake Mburo national park for safari game drives as well as having as a stopover at Igongo cultural center in Mbarara where Ankole culture is summarized.
Through Kigali international airport in Rwanda, you can drive for about 4 hours to reach Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks. This is the shortest route with several stoppers especially the Rwanda genocide memorial sites where you can get an insight into what transpired the Rwanda 1994 genocide. With inclusive such as the vehicle, driver-guide, and fuel, you might pay an estimated cost of 150 USD per day. Contact us for more details.
You can also opt to fly to Bwindi or Mgahinga from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi. Chattered flight services are available and you will be airlifted to Kisoro airstrip or Bihoma airstrip, this will take for you only 1 hour and roughly 30 minutes to fly from Entebbe to Bwindi or Mgahinga National parks for gorilla trekking. We can as well book for you the chattered flight for the cost at around USD 270 based on the options would wish to take.
In terms of accommodation costs in connection to the cost of seeing the gorillas in Uganda, the accommodation facilities around or within Bwindi and Mgahinga National parks ranges from budget, mid-range to luxury. The charges per visitor range from 70 United States dollars up to 1500 United States dollars per night.
Some of the accommodation facilities perfect for budget travelers include Rushaga gorilla haven lodge, broad bill forest camp among others. Mid-range accommodation includes Rushaga gorilla camp, Nkurigo gorilla Bwindi lodge while some of the luxury accommodation facilities around Uganda gorilla parks include sanctuary gorilla forest, Mahogany springs lodge, Clouds mountain lodge, Buhoma lodge among many others. Accommodation is one of cost incurred to see gorillas in Uganda
You can spend more than 3 days in Bwindi Mgahinga national parks as the parks offer other activities other than gorilla trekking. Some other activities you can engage in include, primate watching, nature walks, birding, Batwa cultural tours among others.
Apart from the above package costs of seeing mountain gorillas in Uganda, you can also incur some extra personal costs.
For example, you need the services of a porter to help you as you trek through the forests and back. Usually porter services ranger from 15 United States dollars to any agreed amount, porters are crucial and they help to carry your language as you comfortably enjoy the trek.
Further, you may also need to take part in any other activity such as cultural tours. Cultural tours to Batwa are charged 40 USD. You may also buy souvenirs and from crafts shops which may range from United States dollars to any figure among others.
Africa adventure vacations as a company, we are a well-established tour and travel company that has experienced staff and has succeeded in taking tourists for gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda as well as Congo for more than 10 years now. Trust us and book with us for more gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and beyond.