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Cost of Uganda Gorilla Trekking Permits

Uganda is home to more than half of all mountain gorillas alive on Earth and these can be found in their natural habitat in the world-famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as well as Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Encountering the gorillas up close is such a surreal experience that tourists from around the world like to take part in all year round. To be able to see the gorillas, one needs a Gorilla Trekking Permit, which is issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and best reserved well in time because the permits are issued on a first-come-first-serve basis and the demand is always very high. The cost of Uganda Gorilla Trekking Permits has been revised by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) effective July 2024 to June 2026.

As soon as you make the decision to go gorilla trekking, you must commit to the trip and ask your tour operator to assist in securing a permit for a specific day. It can be highly competitive to book gorilla permits during the busiest times of year, which are June to early October and December to early March. Although it is feasible to obtain gorilla permits independently, our experience indicates that tourists find the procedure difficult, especially if they are not locals. A reputable tour operator will facilitate the process of obtaining permits and organising your gorilla tracking expedition. This includes planning lodging, meals, transportation, and other activities. The total cost of the tour should include the cost of Uganda gorilla trekking permits.

Changes in the Uganda Wildlife Authority Tariff.

ACTIVITY NATIONAL PARK East African Community Citizen (EAC) Rest of Africa Foreign Residents (FR) Foreign Non-Residents (FNR)
Gorilla Tracking Bwindi
300,000 UGX 500 USD 700 USD 800 USD
Gorilla Habituation Bwindi 750,000 UGX 1000 USD 1000 USD 1500 USD

The money collected from these permit fees goes directly towards conservation efforts, guaranteeing the safety of gorilla habitats and the welfare of these magnificent animals. Gorilla trekking safaris are quite popular in both Uganda and Rwanda. In addition to experiencing an unmatched animal encounter, gorilla trekking participants actively contribute to the vital conservation efforts that ensure the survival of Uganda’s renowned mountain gorillas. Before organising a gorilla safari in Uganda, it is advisable to confirm the most up-to-date and accurate pricing information with the UWA or authorised tour providers.

ACTIVITY NATIONAL PARK / WILDLIFE RESERVE East African Community Citizen (EAC) Foreign Residents (FR) Foreign Non-Residents (FNR)
Chimpanzee Tracking Kibale National Park 180,000 UGX 200 USD 250 USD
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Kibale National Park 250,000 UGX 250 USD 300 USD
Chimpanzee Tracking (Kyambura Gorge Experience) Kyambura (Queen Elizabeth N.P) 50,000 UGX 80 USD 100 USD
Volcano Climbing Mgahinga Gorilla National Park 50,000 UGX 80 USD 100 USD
Volcano Climbing (Ugandan Students) Mgahinga Gorilla National Park 5,000 UGX N/A N/A
Birding and Day Nature Walks Bwindi
Mount Elgon
30,000 UGX 30 USD 40 USD
Birding and Day Nature Walks Murchison
Lake Mburo
Kidepo Valley
All reserves
20,000 UGX 20 USD 25 USD
Night Nature Walks All parks and reserves 20,000 UGX 30 USD 50 USD
Long Walk – Buhoma to Nkuringo and Rushaga to Nyabaremura Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 50,000 UGX 50 USD 60 USD
Rushura Hill and Border Walk (Muzabajiro Loop) and the bamboo walk in Ruhija Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 10,000 UGX 20 USD 40 USD
Hiking Lomej Kidepo Valley National Park 30,000 UGX 30 USD 40 USD
Batwa Forest Exploration Bwindi National Park 40,000 UGX (Exclusive of Entrance) 40 USD (Exclusive of Entrance)  40 USD (Exclusive of Entrance)
Campsite Category C All National Parks 40,000 UGX 40,000 UGX 40,000 UGX
UWA Guided Game Drive Fee (Per Guide) All Savannah Parks and reserves 25,000 UGX 20 USD 25 USD
Self Game Drive (Without a private sector guide or UWA ranger guide) Murchison
Lake Mburo
Kidepo Valley
Pian Upe
10,000 UGX 10 USD 10 USD
Motorcycle Game ride (Subject to approval from accounting officer) All Savannah parks and reserves where applicable 35,000 UGX 30 USD 30 USD
Cycling Queen Elizabeth
30,000 UGX 25 USD 30 USD
Sport Fishing (per day) Queen Elizabeth National Park 20,000 UGX 15 USD 20 USD
Lion Tracking (Exclusive of Community Fees) Queen Elizabeth National Park 200,000 UGX 150 USD 200 USD


Gorilla Tracking and Habituation Experience Refer to Table 1
Park Entrance for Category A+, A and B parks. African Tourists from the rest of Africa (non-EAC) to pay 5 USD less than Foreign Resident tourists.
Boat Cruises African Tourists from the rest of Africa (non-EAC) to pay 5 USD less than Foreign Resident tourists.
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