How Much Does Uganda Gorilla Trekking Cost?

How Much Does Uganda Gorilla Trekking Cost?

How Much Does Uganda Gorilla Trekking Cost? Since Gorilla trekking is a lifetime of memories thus making its price worth it, it depends on the number of factors given and these are the needs to look at in order to establish Uganda Gorilla trekking cost, which involves in costing the whole package and not the single event of Uganda Gorilla Trekking. However, mountain gorillas live in families where the dominant silverback dictates everything to be done in the group.

Uganda Gorilla permit cost; in order a traveler to be able to take part in Gorilla trekking, you must be holding a Gorilla permit without it you cannot access the forest trail heads of Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park. So you need to obtain a Gorilla permit which largely determines the cost of Uganda Gorilla permit. The non-foreigner resident cost USD700 per person per day, USD600 for foreigner residents of East African countries ‘’Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania and 250,000 UGX East African members. Please note that there are no low season discounts any more do not be misled. We advise you to always book your gorilla trekking permit with the tour operator you know with fully registered company who has knowledge about the reservation.

In Rwanda a single permit costs USD 1,500 per person per day the same price to Uganda’s gorilla habituation a full day experience, Rwanda gorilla trekking can be done in Volcanoes national park and Congo gorilla permit costs USD 400 per trek, gorilla trekking is carried out in Virunga National Park.

The Uganda Gorilla Habituation Experience permit is at a fee of USD1,500 for foreign nonresidents, SD 1,000 for foreign residents in East Africa and UGX750,000 for East African Citizens.

It is very important to book your gorilla trekking permit or tour at least six months in advance, if you’re planning to travel in the drier /peak season June to September and December to March in order to avoid disappointments.

Uganda gorilla permits are booked direct from UWA Uganda Wild Authority offices through your tour operators 

The Vehicle

You cannot do gorilla trekking without a vehicle, one to be able to access one of this two national park Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park needs a four wheel driving vehicle because the journey is not smooth ride all through. By road transport it is approximately 9 to 10 hours drives. Alternatively, you may choose to fly from Entebbe Airport to Kihihi Airstrip or Kisoro Airstrip while using scheduled or chartered flight of Aero link Uganda, you can book your flight from Entebbe International Airport because its where their offices are located, which can also be done by the help of the trust worthy tour agent, by flight takes 1:30hours only

Traveling alone is more expensive because you will triple the expenses on transport, accommodation and fuel. Its better you travel as a group, family or friends.

Bwindi Impenetrable national park a home to high concentration of endangered mountain gorillas which has made it to famously known all over the world located in southwestern part of Uganda. More so, home to over 21 habituated mountain gorillas already to trek but two gorilla groups are put aside for gorilla habituation experience a process that takes 1 to 2 years under training to get used to humans and it is a full day experience accompanied by the researchers, park rangers and guides. This gorilla groups are stipulated in four different sectors such as Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushanga and Nkuringo to hike in one of these sectors, you need to be physically fit in the body. We recommend you to use 4×4 wheel drivers or you can hire small vehicles at affordable fees. Mgahinga Gorilla national park has only one gorilla group /family the Nyakagezi with 9 members.


Gorilla trekking is not only a one-day activity, Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park are long driving journey at least you can spend a night within the park and the type of accommodation facility you choose also involves in the cost of gorilla trekking. Bwindi accommodation facilities ranges from Luxury to Budget at affordable price.

Gorilla trekking is done by the helper; porters are available at the park’s promises whom you can hire at a small fee of USD20 each per trek but depending on the heavy of the luggage to carry. Then the guide is provided for in the price of the permit so there’s no need to hire one.    

Lastly, we can say the cost of gorilla trekking depends on how many days you set aside for the activity because the number of days matters a lot.

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