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Budget Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

3 Days Uganda Gorilla Tracking from Rwanda Kigali

Budget Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

Budget Gorilla Safaris in Uganda, most people choose to go for gorilla and other wildlife safaris in Uganda because Uganda is the safest and most budgeted gorilla tracking and wildlife safari destination in Africa. Many travelers want to trek gorillas but it comes with a big cost due to the gorilla permit price involved. In this article, we want to show you how you can plan budget and affordable gorilla safaris in Uganda known as a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many travelers.

Where to see mountain gorillas in Uganda at a budgeted price – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park?

Here are some of the ways how to plan a budget and affordable gorilla tracking and wildlife safaris in Africa, one of the ways you must select affordable hotels and lodges for your tour in Uganda, secondly when choosing a company to book with a local tour operator not through international tour operator/agent because these international travel agents add an extra for them to organize the tour for you which makes the tour very expensive so the cheaper way is to book with the local tour operator. 

Thirdly those traveling on a low budget the other option for those who want an affordable gorilla tracking safari in Uganda is to join a group tour which will bring the tour price down because you will have a shared cost of the whole gorilla tracking tour. A group tour can be a group of friends or family or a group of strangers, group tour dynamics is another experience and it is interesting.

How To Get A Gorilla Trekking Permit In Uganda

In Uganda, Gorilla trekking is conducted in either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or in Mgahinga National Park. But because of the inconsistency of gorillas in Mgahinga, the majority of the sold permits are for Bwindi NP. In Uganda, every gorilla permit goes for US $ 700. In the previous years, April, May, and November, it used to cost $ 450. On a single day, nearly 50 – 70 people travel to Bwindi to see gorillas, and only 8 people are allowed to see a gorilla family. We encourage you to book your gorilla permit with a safari agent, the most bulging mistake is to book a gorilla family which is far away from your desire for accommodation! The routes to Bwindi and its various regions are frequently tricky thus a remote area. If you would like to do the gorilla trek on your own so as to save costs, you might end up incurring more.

How much does a gorilla tracking permit cost?

In the whole world mountain gorilla can only be seen in three countries which is Uganda, Rwanda and in DR-Congo, every country has its permit price for example if you choose to trek gorillas in Uganda gorilla permit costs $700 per person, Rwanda gorilla permit costs $1500 per person while DR-Congo gorilla permit costs $500 per person but because insecurity in Congo currently we are not offering gorilla tours in DR-Congo.

Talking about affordability if you choose to go to Uganda for your gorilla safari instead of Rwanda this means that you will be saving $800 on each gorilla permit, its important also to take NOTE that the mountain gorilla tracking experience is the same in Uganda or Rwanda, the only difference is on the costs of the permit.

Gorilla Safaris Permit Price

  • Rwanda gorilla permit Costs $ 1500 per person
  • Congo Gorilla Trekking Permit Costs $ 500 per person
  • East African citizens pay 250,000 shillings for the permit per person
  • Uganda gorilla permit costs $ 700 (1 Hour with the gorillas) per person
  • Uganda Gorilla Habituation Permit Costs $1500 (A full Day Experience) per person
Book your budgeted gorilla safaris in Uganda with Kisoro Tours

Kisoro tours will organize a cheaper gorilla safari in Uganda and for those who wish to start the Uganda gorilla safari from Kigali Rwanda, it is also possible. one can access Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park from Kigali Rwanda via Chanika border post in Kisoro or via Katuna border post in Kabale. 

Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest or in Mgahinga from Kigali Rwanda is much easier, for example flying into Rwanda Kigali airport is the easiest way to access Bwindi forest than flying into Entebbe airport in Uganda, for example, if you fly to Kigali International airport it only takes you 3 to 4 hours’ drive to get to Bwindi forest while if you fly to Entebbe airport it will take you about 8 to 9 hours’ drive making it easier for those who wish to start their Uganda gorilla safari from Rwanda.

Packing List For Gorilla Tours In Africa
  • Day pack.
  • Cloak
  • Camera.
  • Binoculars,
  • Bottled water
  • Energy snacks.
  • Insect repellents.
  • hiking boots
  • Long pants or trousers
  • Lightweight rain jacket.
  • Waterproof hiking boots.
  • Gloves, old pair of gardening gloves
Importance of East African tourist visa?

If you choose to fly to Kigali and cross to Uganda for the affordable gorilla tours, we recommend that you use an East African tourist visa which allows you multiple entries to Uganda and Rwanda, East African tourist visa cost $100 per person and you can easily apply for east African tourist visa online or get it on arrival at the airport and you can as well pay for it at the arrival. For more details feel free to contact our experts.

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