Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the famous gorilla safari destination in Uganda with almost half of the total world mountain gorillas combined. Knowing how much gorilla trekking in Bwindi costs, surely helps to plan a gorilla trip to the park. The cost of gorilla trekking in Bwindi is very much dependent on the cost of the permits as well as the type of accommodation that a client prefers.
Uganda gorilla trekking permit cost varies for the different categories of travelers that are foreign nonresidents (FNR), Foreign Residents (FR), and East African Residents.
Foreign nonresidents refer to tourists who are not Ugandans and visiting from other countries for Uganda gorilla safaris in Bwindi. Foreign non-residents require US$ 700 to purchase a Uganda gorilla permit.
Foreign residents refer to foreigners who live in Uganda and have a working permit or any other identification as residents of Uganda. Foreign residents will require US$ 600 to buy a Uganda gorilla permit.
East African citizens refer to the people of the East African community countries. East African Residents purchase a gorilla permit at Ugandan shillings 250,000.
Until 30th June 2021, the gorilla permits to trek gorillas in Bwindi are at US$ 400 for foreign nonresidents, US$ 300 for foreign residents, and UGX 100,000 for East African safaris.
However, note that the cost of a gorilla permit isn’t the cost of a gorilla safari. The popular and short gorilla tours to the park are 3 days from Kampala and a minimum of 2 days from Kigali. It may cost about US$ 800 for a person to have a short 3days gorilla tour to Bwindi. This excludes the cost of the gorilla permit.
Here are the four gorilla trekking sectors which are Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo.
Buhoma Gorilla Trekking Sector of Bwindi
The Buhoma gorilla trekking sector of Bwindi is home to 4 gorilla families and these are;
Ruhija gorilla trekking sector
Ruhija gorilla trekking sector of Bwindi has 4 habituated gorilla families which are;
Nkuringo Gorilla Sector Bwindi
The Nkuringo gorilla trail head of Bwindi forest has 1 habituated gorilla group for gorilla trekking in Uganda and this is Nkuringo gorilla group.
Rushaga gorilla sector of Bwindi
Rushaga gorilla sector of Bwindi has almost the highest number of gorilla families and these are;