How much does it cost to see Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National park? Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda close to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park by 35 kilometres, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the only two national parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat, it is one of the great national parks located in the Virunga ranges made up of various dormant volcanic mountains situated on the border of Uganda (Gahinga), Rwanda (Volcanoes) and Congo (Virunga Mountain) habituating part of the only remaining mountain Gorillas in the world in their natural habitat. For you to be allowed to trek mountain gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, you will as well need to have a gorilla permit with you for that day gorilla trek. Same as Bwindi Forest National Park a gorilla permit for tracking gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Cost to see Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Gorilla tracking Permits in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
For anyone interested in trekking and seeing the gorillas in Mgahinga Gorillas National Park, you are required to have a gorilla permit which costs 600 dollars for the non-resident, 500 dollars for the resident and 250,000 Uganda Shillings for the East Africa Citizen (Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan). The gorilla price noted above is for per person per trek for one hour encounter with the gorillas once you find them on your trek, this permit as well as valid for one day’s trek. Mgahinga Gorilla National park has one gorilla family group open for tracking called Nyakagezi gorilla group. This means 8 permits are available every day, and only 8 people are allowed to trek every day. These permits are sold on first come first serve basis meaning for you to book your space for the gorilla trek you will need to secure your permit in advance months before the day of your trek. Encounter Africa Safaris we are perfect at the booking process for gorilla permits. Once you send us an inquiry with date/month and year for your gorilla trek contact us for details, we will check for availability there and then advice you on how many permits are available and then tentatively book for you the permits, once you confirm and make the payment we will purchase it for you from the head gorilla permits reservation office in Kampala Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in advance and send you a scanned copy for your records and perusal.
Cost of Gorilla tracking Tours to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Encounter Africa Safaris has different all-inclusive gorilla tours to Mgahinga Gorilla National park, ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury tours. On the budget all-inclusive gorilla tour, you will stay in budget accommodation. Mid-range gorilla tour you will stay in Mid-range accommodation and then for luxury gorilla tour you will stay in luxury accommodation property, all these tours you will be travelling in a 4×4 safari vehicle, these tours can start and end in Kigali/Entebbe and vise versa. Our all-inclusive gorilla tours to Mgahinga Gorilla national park include 2 days Budget Gorilla Safari from Kigali which costs USD1090 (2pax), USD1070 (3pax), USD1050 (4pax), USD1040 (over 5pax) and our 3 days Budget Gorilla Safari from Kigali which costs USD1160 (2pax), USD1140 (3pax), USD1120 (4pax), USD1100 (over 5pax).
Lodges options in and close Mgahinga Gorilla National park range from budget like Travellers INN Kisoro at USD100 per person per night, Lake Chahafi Resort at USD120 per person per night, mid-range options include Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge at USD110 per person and then for luxury option here is Gahinga Lodge at USD630 per person per night, note there are few lodge options here at Mgahinga Gorilla national park, and most of the travellers opt rather stay at Kisoro town which is 45mins drive to the park.
Cost of transport to get to Kisoro, Mgahinga Gorilla National park.
You can get to Mgahinga Gorilla National park, from Kigali via Cyanika or katuna borders or from Entebbe via Mbarara-Kabale-kisoro highway, some of the modes of transport to get to the park include road transport and air transport. For the road transportation mode, you can use both public transport or hire a self-drive car, the transport fare charge to get to Mgahinga Gorilla National park will depend on where you plan to start the drive to the park, from Kampala to Kisoro public transport will cost you approx USD20 per person per seat, from Kabale to Kisoro USD8, Kigali to Kisoro USD10 etc..
There is also the option of flying to Kisoro and then connect to Mgahinga Gorilla National park, Aero link aerolinkuganda.com is among the significant and popular domestic airline operating this route flights from Entebbe to Kisoro, Mgahinga Gorilla National park, the flights to Kisoro are subject to weather conditions and strictly operate only in the morning hours with departure from Entebbe at 7:00am and then departure from Kisoro at 8:25. A one-way flight to Kisoro costs USD290 per person, and then a return flight costs USD500 per person. These flights are available from Entebbe International Airport and given the fact they fly to Kisoro in the morning hours only you will need to arrive a day before and spend at least a night in Entebbe or Kampala for you to catch up with the morning flight.
Best time to trek Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Mgahinga Gorilla National park is located in the Virunga ranges which are mountainous, and highlands, with this chance of receiving rain which is very high daily, many travellers consider the drier months of June, July, August and early September as the best time to trek gorillas. During these months, these months experience less rainfall compared to months such as April, May and November. It’s during these months that people prefer booking their gorilla treks making it competitive. Gorilla permits tend to sell out quickly and all those interested in trekking gorillas during this time/season should book their gorilla permits in advance. However, due to current changes in the global weather and climate it has now become harder to determine the best time to visit given it is now very uncertain that it will rain or not, noting all the above gorillas can be trekked and seen any time throughout the year as this activity is very well planned and managed. We always grantee you 98% chances of seeing these great apes in their natural habitat.
Encounter Africa safaris operates Gorilla day trips to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park as well as other national parks and exciting tourists sites all over Uganda and Rwanda. It’s a matter of sending us an email, and we will plan for you accordingly. Encounter Africa Safaris is highly reviewed on trip advisor and Safari bookings. You too can be part of our happy family by booking a safari with us.