How Much Does It Cost To See Gorillas In Uganda? Gorilla trekking is one of the major activities done in the country, which has attracted many people to travel from all over different parts of the world hence leading to a great development of the tourism industry of Uganda. Gorilla trekking activities are best done from two specific areas such as; Bwindi Impenetrable national park which is known to be a home to half of the population of the mountain gorilla species in the world whereby it harbours around 400 endangered mountain gorilla species and 19 habituated gorilla groups/families which are always available for the trekking and research purposes. More so, tourists can also go for trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park, which is also a home to one habituated gorilla group.
What is Gorilla trekking?
Gorilla trekking is a process, which involves tourists to move through national parks with an aim of tracing where the mountain gorilla species are located. In addition, this activity always goes for about 2-5 hours depending on where the endangered mountain gorilla species are located. However, before the trekking, tourists are advised to always arrive at the park headquarters an hour before the trekking begins because it is during this period of time when they first go through the registration process, asked to represent their trekking permits and then later get briefed about the do’s and don’ts that they should follow while trekking such as; avoid maintaining a direct eye contact with the mountain gorilla species more especially the silverback because it takes it as a sign of disrespect, avoid eating and drinking while in the presence of the mountain gorillas, tourists are encouraged to keep their tones of their voices low while near or within the national park, for tourists interested in taking pictures and videos are advised to disable the use of the flash lights within their phones and cameras in order to avoid causing the species to be violent, they are also advised to keep a distance of about 7 meters between them and the mountain gorilla species and many others.
And then later, the trekkers are put in groups not exceeding 8 members depending on which gorilla groups that they are willing to trek and each of these groups is being given a park guide who will lead them through different trials due to the fact that they are so familiar with many parts in the national parks and can easily apply in some tricks which help them to easily identify where these mountain gorilla species are located such; following paths with food left overs along the way, paths with broken tree branches, and the unfinished nests for the gorillas among others and these park guides have a major of ensuring the safety of both the trekkers and animals and they also give chance to individuals to ask about them about anything that they would love to understand better during the trekking. In addition, after the mountain gorilla species are being located, tourists are always given about one hour to spend with the species and it is during this period that tourists get chances to learn more about the behaviours and characters of the species such as; they watch how they play, eat and feed their young ones among others.
How much does Gorilla trekking cost in Uganda?
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is charged at a cost of about 700 USD per person and only individuals of about 15 years of age are allowed to trek due to the fact that behaviours of the young individuals is abit unpredictable. In addition, for those who want to go for the fully day experience which is well known as the gorilla habituation process, they are encouraged to book their permits in advance which cost 1500 USD per person. More so, tourists are always advised to purchase their trekking permits at least 3 months in advance in order to avoid any inconveniences during the exact day of trekking.
How to get a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda?
For the individuals who plan on travelling to Uganda on a gorilla trekking safari are advised to organize with our trusted tour operators who can help you with the process of acquiring your permit for example; the individual will be required to send in a copy of their passport details which will be importantly needed while filling in your permit whereby your full names, nationality, passport number can all be needed during the registration process. Then later, one will have to make their payments through using a credit card or bank transfer so that the tour operator can be able to get your permit immediately after the payments are cleared. Alternatively, by luck tourists can also get the trekking permits directly from the park quarters.
Contact our trusted tour operators in case of more information about the prices of the gorilla trekking permits in the country and book with our tours and travel companies such as; Achieve Global safaris who offer the best tour packages while on your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda.