With two gorilla safari parks, Uganda is the top gorilla trekking destination world over. Uganda inhabits gorilla species known as Mountain Gorillas, found within their natural habitats in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
With gorilla trekking getting popular the world over, many wonder how much it costs to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda.
Here is a detailed guide on how much each gorilla permit in Uganda costs for different kinds of travelers.
The Uganda gorilla trekking permit varies by price and allocation is done in the categories of foreign nonresident (FNR), Foreign Resident (FR), and East African Residents.
The price of a single gorilla trekking permit is allocated by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and each intending trekker must make full payment and receive a gorilla permit either individually or through the Uganda tour operator to trek gorillas in Uganda.
As of 2019, foreign non-residents require US$ 600 for each gorilla permit in Uganda.
Foreign residents require US$ 500 for each gorilla permit in Uganda. East African residents require UGX 250,000 for a single gorilla permit.
Effective 1st July 2020, foreign non-residents will require US$ 700 to purchase an Uganda gorilla permit.
Foreign residents will require US$ 600 to buy an Uganda gorilla permit. East African Residents will still be able to purchase a gorilla permit.
Summary – 2019-2020 Cost for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
|Foreign non-resident||Foreign Resident||East African Resident|
|2019-1st July 2020||US$ 600||US$500||UGX 250,000|
|July 2020 onward||US$ 700||US$ 600||UGX 250,000|
Each permit is valid for individuals above 15 years of age and can be used for a single trek. A maximum of 1 hour is allowed for trekkers to be in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas.
Uganda still remains a preferable gorilla trekking destination as the price for trekking gorillas is much less than that of the neighboring Rwanda that is at US$ 1500 whereas the Democratic Republic of Congo has a less price though affected by civil unrest.
Gorilla permits are in high demand and therefore require early booking, therefore ensure to pay for your permit early enough before the gorilla trekking dates.
To help you better plan your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, here is a list of top gorilla packages in Uganda that you can choose from;