Cost of gorilla trekking permit, Gorilla trekking is one of the most exciting wildlife activities in Africa and in the whole world, gorilla trekking experience is much different from traditional African game drive in the places like Serengeti national park, Masai Mara national park, and many other great national parks in Africa.
Mountain gorilla trekking is a very special wildlife activity because mountain gorillas share 98 DNA% identical on a genetic level with humans and also behave looks like we more of humans because they live in families where the dominant silverback is the head of the family. One of the reasons why gorilla trekking is more expensive than any other wildlife activity because mountain gorillas are endangered and also many people from different parts of the world want to see them in the wild.
So, the high demand of tourists interested in trekking mountain gorillas is the big fact for Uganda and Rwanda to increase the cost of gorilla permits, the demand is not the only factor for the high cost of gorilla trekking permit, there is a need for increasing funds for protecting mountain gorillas.
Mountain gorilla conservation needs great investments in professional research scientists, training more park rangers, and all this needs money, please take note that also of the money collected from gorilla permits 10% of the money goes to the communities living around the gorilla national parks and the other money goes to conservation of mountain gorillas. There are only a few habituated mountain gorilla families which are found in Volcanoes national park of Rwanda, Virunga national park of DR-Congo, and in both Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park of Uganda.
Cost of gorilla trekking permit for Uganda, Rwanda and DR-Congo
Each country has its own gorilla trekking permit price, for example, Uganda gorilla permit cost $700 per person, Rwanda gorilla permit is the most expensive costing $1500 while DR-Congo gorilla permit is the cheapest among all costing $500
The cost of a gorilla trekking permit is just one main cost but remember you still have to book and pay for the accommodation and meals tourist Visa, air tickets and land transportation, all these Kisoro tours Uganda will arrange on your behalf just contact use the dates you intend to travel we will organize for you a complete gorilla safari at affordable price.
Cost of gorilla habituation permit
Uganda introduced a new activity mountain gorilla habituation which is only done in Rushaga sector-Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, for those who are interested in the gorilla habituation experience, the habituation permit costs $1500 per person. Mountain gorilla habituation experience is totally different from the normal gorilla trekking, with gorilla habituation experience tourists are allowed to spend up to four hours with mountain gorillas instead of the one hour allocated to tourists during the normal gorilla trekking. The cost of the gorilla trekking permit includes park entrance; Ranger guide fees advance trackers any other government.
Cost of the accommodation and Meals
the other thing you have to add to your list when planning your gorilla trekking safari is accommodation, where you will sleep while on the trip, the accommodation you can plan according to you, budget because accommodation ranges from camping, budget, mid-range to luxury and up-market so your choice of accommodation depending on your travel budget and accommodation can be booked through a tour operator like us or booked it directly yourself, but it is always recommended to book through a tour operator to ensure that they book one which is located close to the starting point of the gorilla family allocated to you.
About the meals/food, when you book accommodation it normally goes with meals, for example, if you book your tour through us Kisoro tours Uganda, all meals and drinking water are included in the price but alcoholic drinks are not included you pay for yourselves.
Hiring a vehicle for transport to the national ark
If you book through us you don’t have to worry because all our tour includes accommodation and meals, transport, driver-guide but if you want to book it differently from the tour package it is also fine. About the air ticket, we advise all our clients to book their own air tickets from their home country because we don’t offer air ticketing services.
Cost of the East African tourist Visa
For the visa it is very easy to get a tourist visa, you can apply online or get on arrival at the airport which is the easiest way of acquiring a tourist visa when traveling to East Africa, East Africa tourist visa costs only $100 vailed for three months (90 days).
One of the reasons why we recommend East Africa tourist visa to all our clients is because that this type of visa allows multiple entries to Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Burundi which means you can even fly into Rwanda, Kenya, or Tanzania and crossing the border to Uganda for gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park using the visa, East Africa tourist visa is also good for those who are combining their safari to more than one East Africa Country.