Price For a Gorilla Tour in Uganda Rwanda and Congo
Price For a Gorilla Tour Every client wants to know the price for a gorilla tour and indeed this is an interesting questions that has been discussed in forums such as trip advisor and so many others
For a successful gorilla trekking tour, you need to have a gorilla permit booked, paid accommodation and then transport to and from Volcanoes National Park, and Virunga National Park, Bwindi impenetrable national park Depending on where you wish to do gorilla trekking, the minimum days for a gorilla trekking tour in Uganda is two to three days while for Rwanda, it can be two days.
Price and Cost of Gorilla Permits.
During drafting clients gorilla trekking safari itinerary In the budget, number one item considered is a gorilla permit. Its a the one that gives you permission to view the endangered mountain gorillas for one hour per person in Rwanda and Uganda. Currently each gorilla permit costs USD700 and you can contact tour companies for gorilla permit pre purchase. Rwanda gorilla permits cost USD1500.00 per person. Gorilla permits for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority head offices in Kampala on a fast come first serve basis while Gorilla permits for Rwanda are issued by Rwanda Development Board. Please contact Aga Safaris for availability and booking of Gorilla permits at Uganda Wildlife Authority or Rwanda Development Board. It is advised to pre purchase a gorilla permits 2-5 months in advance to avoid shortage most especially during high seasons of June, July, August and September then December, January and February. Uganda Wildlife Authority sometimes offers discounted Gorilla permits in low seasons of November, April and May in order not miss out.
Cost and Price of Transport.
You will need to budget and plan transport to and from Volcanoes National Park. The minimum days to Volcanoes National Park by road is three days. Therefore you need to budget for three days. The first day is for leaving Kigali to Volcanoes National Park and the next day is for moving around Volcanoes National Park. You need a tour Vehicle to transfer you to and from the starting point of your gorilla trek and the third day is to drive back to Kigali. Thus you need to budget for a vehicle with guide per day and then fuel to cater for the long distance from Kigali to and from Volcanoes National Park. Please do contact us for the rates of vehicle hire. You can as well plan to fly to and from Volcanoes National Park as some companies such as Rwanda cars operate scheduled flights to and from Kigali which is the nearest Air Field and as such, you need transfers from the Air strip to your lodge.
Cost and Price of Accommodation
You will have to budget for your accommodation for at least two nights. The first night is when you arrive in Volcanoes National Park and the second night is after your gorilla trek. It is possible to trek gorillas and depart Bwindi on the same day but it is advisable that you plan to stay an extra night since gorilla trekking at times take a shorter time or a longer than expected. Therefore a night is needed after gorilla trekking. Most accommodation properties offer accommodation and meals on full board. Depending on the type of accommodation, both sides of National parks in Uganda & Rwanda have budget, mid range and up market properties were visitors sleep depending on their budget, please do contact us for more information gorilla trekking safari booking.
Cost of Porters
We encourage all our clients to take porters for their gorilla trek for several reasons. They help carry clients bags and other belongings while approaching gorillas, They give a hand during trekking in the forest. This extra effort is to enable you achieve your dream of viewing these endangered mountain gorillas. Porters can be hired at $10 to $20 each, per trek depending on what is there to carry. The guide is catered for in the price of the permit so you may not need to hire one. The other significance of taking a porter is that by doing so, you are contributing to community development too since most of these porters are indigenous in around communities. therefore Hiring a porter, you contributes to the community development indirectly.
Cost of Tips
Tips are an appreciation of good service rendered to you by your safari guide, gorilla trekking guide, waiters and porters. there is no specific amount of money guarantee to paid as tip, you give according to your wish. As a responsible Tour Company, we recommend that you put some small funds aside for tipping.
Bwindi itself has four sectors in which the trek takes place that is; Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo and each of them has different challenges in terms of roads and vehicle requirements. Small vehicles can be hired at $45 to $60 per day, a medium 4X4 goes for $80 to $100 per day whereas comfortable jeeps and Land Cruisers range between $200 to $300 a day. All of these different price ranges are only for car hire / rental without fuel.
Budget accommodation ranges between $30 to $60 per night, mid-range at $80 to $180, Luxury accommodation Bwindi $200 to $500 and upmarket facilities that fall between $800 to $3000 per night. All the prices are usually per room, per night on bed and breakfast basis so it might be slightly different if you are booking a full board package.
Considering all factors above, the cost of 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking package can be as below;
Budget Gorilla trekking – permit $700 + car rental $150 + fuel+ $220 + accommodation $150 which totals to $1,220.
Mid-range Gorilla trekking – permit $700 + car rental $300 + fuel+ $280 + accommodation $450 which totals to $1,730.
Luxury Gorilla trekking – permit $700 + car rental $750 + fuel+ $400 + accommodation $900 which totals to $2,750.
This price estimate is based on per person sharing. on a private Gorilla trekking. The cost can slightly or considerably change depending on the number of people and whether it is a private safaris or a group tour.
The best way to organize your Gorilla trekking safari to see mountain Gorillas in their misty habitants and get un beatable prices remains contacting a local tour operator on the ground and with the local knowledge to organize a memorable Gorilla trekking experience for you. Get InTouch with Aga Safaris and begin your journey to a lifetime of memories.