The price of gorilla trekking permits to see the gorilla in Uganda is always the first thing to know or find out before planning to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking in the jungles of Bwindi and Mgahinga. The question of how much or what is the price of a gorilla trekking permit to see mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park must be answered before other costs are addressed. To trek mountain gorillas in Uganda’s National Park, one needs to acquire a gorilla permit for either Bwindi impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park. Read more about booking gorilla permits
What is the price of gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi and Mgahinga?
A gorilla permit is a card issued by Uganda wildlife Authority and allows the cardholder to spend one hour with habituated mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park. A gorilla permit includes one hour of viewing and photography, park entry fees, services of UWA ranger guide, security while in the forest as well as a certificate after your gorilla trek.
Currently (up to 30th June 2020) the price of gorilla trekking permits to visit mountain gorillas in Bwindi or Mgahinga is at $600 for foreign non-residents, $500 for foreign residents staying in any of the five East African countries and Shs250,000 for East African citizens in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, and Southern Sudan. Foreign residents must prove and East Africa citizens must prove their status by providing copies of their work permits or National Identity cards before such a price is approved. Contact us for details about these discounts.
Cost of Gorilla trekking permits from 1st July 2020 to 2021
Uganda Wildlife Authority in conjunction with all tourist stakeholders decided to increase the price of gorilla trekking permits by $100 effective 1st July 2020. All those intending to trek mountain gorillas after 30th June 2020 will pay $700(foreign none residents) $600 foreign residents in East Africa and Shs250,000 for East African citizens. Encounter Africa safaris check availability, reserves and booking gorilla permits on your behalf. For details please contact us.
Uganda gorilla trekking permits remain competitive in the region compared to Rwanda which sells permits at $1500 per person per trek (This is quite expensive by all standards bearing in mind that gorilla trekking experience in both countries is the same). Bwindi Impenetrable National Park continues to lead the way in as far as conservation of mountain gorillas is concerned and according to the latest census results of 2018, Bwindi impenetrable mountain gorilla numbers have increased to 450 making it a place with the highest number of mountain gorillas in Africa and the entire world. The same census indicated that over 50 mountain gorilla families are habitant in these dense tropical rainforest located in southwestern Uganda. Every time you trek gorillas in Uganda, you are directly contributing to the conservation of the once-endangered great apes (Mountain gorillas) Contact Encounter Africa safaris for a safari to visit Gorillas
How to book Uganda gorilla permits
Booking Uganda gorilla permits is a simple exercise most especially if you trust us at Encounter Africa safaris to handle all your bookings and reservations. We book gorilla permits at NO EXTRA cost if you choose to book an all-inclusive gorilla tour with us. Encounter Africa safaris has 24/7 access to Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla permit online booking system and we can check all available gorilla permits and send you what is available on your selected date. Once we get availability, we are able to reserve your permits for up to 5 days as we wait for you to make payment. We have assembled several affordable gorilla safari packages and listed them on our website. We also tailor reasonable priced Uganda safaris that combine mountain gorilla trekking and wildlife viewing in Uganda.
Most requested Uganda gorilla safari tour packages with guaranteed Permits
- 3 Day gorilla tour to Bwindi from Entebbe Airport
- 3 Day Gorilla tour to Bwindi from Kigali
- 3 Day Double gorilla trekking safari from Kigali
- 2 Day gorilla trekking safari from Kigali
- 5 Day gorilla and chimpanzee trekking from Kigali
- 5 Day gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Entebbe
- 5 Day gorilla and game safari from Entebbe
- 5 Day gorilla and white water rafting from Entebbe
For Uganda safaris that exceed 6 days, please contact us for tailor made safaris
Questions and answers about gorilla permits in Uganda
About Bwindi impenetrable National Park gorilla tours
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is among the four parks that have mountain gorillas in the whole world. Located in southwestern Uganda, Bwindi Forest National Park has become a gorilla trekking haven due to the affordability of gorilla permits at $700 compared to Rwanda. Bwindi impenetrable lies in three districts of Kisoro, Kanugu and Rubanda district. With over 50 mountain gorillas families living in the dense forest and over 19 gorilla families habituated for gorilla trekking, you can’t go wrong when you book a gorilla trek to see gorillas in Bwindi. Apart from seeing mountain gorillas, Bwindi is home to unique birds, waterfalls, primates, forest mammals among others.
Gorilla trekking regions in Bwindi Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has four regions where gorilla trekking is conducted. Each region has its resident gorilla families that can be visited. In the East of the forest, we have Ruhija, Buhoma in the north while Rushaga and Nkuringo are in the south. Each gorilla trekking region has at least four gorilla families or more giving you a chance to choose a family of your choice and interest. Read more about gorilla family allocation in Bwindi
Gorilla permit allocation for Bwindi National Park
Bearing in mind that Bwindi impenetrable national park has four regions, gorilla permits are also issued according to regions. Uganda wildlife Authority sells permits per region meaning that before you come to Uganda, you will know which region you will be visiting. If you book gorilla permits for Ruhija, you will also trek gorilla families in this region and stay in lodges located in this region. For more information about gorilla family and permit, allocation do contact us.
Accessing Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be accessed by road or Air and one has a choice to pass via Rwanda Kigali or Entebbe Airport in Uganda. Kigali to Bwindi route will take you 4-5 hours while Entebbe to Bwindi impenetrable National Park is about 8-10 hours drive. Internal flights are available daily and they take approximately 2 hours from Entebbe International Airport to Kihihi airstrip and Kisoro Airstrip depending on the region you will be visiting. Encounter Africa safaris organize both road trip safaris to see gorillas and Flying safaris to Bwindi. Check our Uganda safaris from Entebbe, Gorilla safaris from Kigali and Fly-in Safaris to Bwindi and contact us for details.
Bwindi NP resources and further reading
Encounter Africa safaris prides herself in organizing extraordinary and reasonably priced gorilla tours to see gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga. We provide detailed information about booking gorilla permits, gorilla trekking age limit, gorilla trekking for old people, what to pack for gorilla trekking, cost of a budget gorilla tour and all facts that you need to know before booking your gorilla trip to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park. We have overtime excelled in our quest to offering authentic African safari experience and we are highly reviewed on trip advisor as well as Safari booking. Let the discussion start by you contacting us.