How much does gorilla trekking in Uganda cost?
At the time of writing, the permit cost for a standard gorilla trek in Uganda is $700.
They’re competitive, so we recommend you get one at least 6 months before your trip. Your standard permit includes park entrance, fees for guides, and interacting with the gorillas for one hour.
A gorilla habituation experience will cost $1500 at the time of writing. This includes spending four hours with the gorillas, as well as receiving a detailed history from trackers and researchers.
A gorilla trekking permit is a significant piece of the cost of a trip to Uganda, but it's a relative bargain compared to the permit rates in neighbouring Rwanda.
While some treks only take you 30 minutes, they can take up to 9 hours. You'll spend the full day trekking in the forest, and you'll typically take a day either side to prepare/recover, as well as explore what Bwindi National Park has to offer outside the gorillas.
Keep in mind that prices can vary considerably depending on whether you’re booking during the low season (March to May, October, and November), or the high season (January and February, June to September, and December).
Most budget lodges charge between $50 to $100 per night, and luxury lodges and hotels start from $300 per night.
As an example, at the time of writing, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge charges $230 a night for two adults sharing a garden cottage, and $890 a night for a villa for four. In the high season, they charge $300 a night for two adults sharing the garden cottage, and $1050 for four adults sharing a villa.
Travel to and from
If you’re doing a gorilla-only trip (fly-in safari), you will need to catch a domestic flight from Kampala/Entebbe.
Or, if your gorilla trek is part of a wider itinerary in Uganda, the most common setup is to loop down Uganda's southwest, from Murchison Falls all the way down to the Lakes Mutanda and Bunyonyi. In this case, you'll likely arrive at Bwindi via road from Queen Elizabeth National Park (133 km).
Of course, if you're doing a longer trip across the country, then the gorillas will just be one piece of a longer adventure, and therefore just a fraction of the overall cost.
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The tours below showcase just some of what is possible. Use these itineraries as starting points, or to draw inspiration. Then get in touch, and let our expert team help craft the perfect itinerary for you.
Combine chimp trekking in Kibale Forest with mountain gorilla treks in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A well-paced highlights tour unlocking some of Uganda's most impressive experiences. Consider breaking up the journey from Kibale to Bwindi with a classic safari at…
- 7 Days
Combine gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with beautiful lakeside retreats at Lake Mutanda. Tough treks and primate encounters paired with idyllic, calming lakes and oases make for an unforgettable experience in this remote pocket of Uganda.…
- 6 Days
Open top road trips looping through Uganda's epic southwestern pocket; this is the safari adventure of your imagination. Track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, go in search of gorillas in Bwindi, cruise the savannah plains of Queens, and look out for…
- 14 Days
Board a Cessna light aircraft and head into the southwestern pocket of Uganda. Trek through the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of the mountain gorillas. Retreat to luxury lodges for sundowners and delicious food. Hard days, soft…
- 4 Days
Trek the Rwenzori Mountains where forests morph into ice-clad mountain peaks, cut through jungle thickets to hang out with mountain gorillas, and finish your trip relaxing lakeside amongst the staggering beauty of Lake Mutanda. This is Uganda.…
- 15 Days
Travel to the farthest corners of Uganda where towering volcanoes mark the border between the thick jungles of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the untamed vastness of central Africa. After trekking the gorillas in Mgahinga, head inland for a couple…
- 6 Days
The quintessence of Ugandan exploration. Start your adventure in the wild Kidepo Valley in the northern tip of Uganda before weaving down to meet the gorillas in southwestern jungles. Epic landscapes, incredible safaris, and luxury lodges; this is a proper…
- 20 Days
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