Uganda offers a lifetime opportunity to all categories of travelers worldwide to get up close and personal with mountain gorillas while in their natural habitat. Even as a budget traveler, it is possible to travel to Uganda and you immerse yourself into the jungles to explore the endangered mountain gorillas.
With only 3 countries where mountain gorillas live, a budget gorilla trekking tour in Uganda should be a must-do to make your travel dream come true. Nothings does spark travel spirit more than an encounter with mountain gorillas in the wild, and with our budget gorilla tours, it is possible to be part of gorilla trekking also often described as a lifetime experience or what others refer to as a dream come true.
Where to visit
What makes Uganda the most preferred budget gorilla safari destination is the fact that it has variety of options for clients to choose from. Two National Parks are all open to guests to visit for gorilla trekking- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga N. Park. The 2 Uganda parks host up to 21 habituated families of endangered mountain gorillas, and they are all open for gorilla tourism. These can be visited in the 5 sectors – Ntebeko, Ruhija, Nkuringo, Rushaga and Buhoma.
Obtaining budget gorilla permits in Uganda
Most visitors consider for budge gorilla tours considering its relatively cheaper permits unlike Rwanda. Each of Uganda gorilla trekking permits whether you are on budget or luxury gorilla safari is issued at USD700 for foreign nonresidents, USD600 for foreign residents and shs.250000 citizens in East Africa. In Rwanda, permits are available for reservation at USD1500 per person- Rwanda positioned herself as high-end destination.
How much is a budget gorilla tour ‑Uganda?
When planning for a budget gorilla tour or luxury, there are key factors that come to play. These include gorilla permits, accommodation, transportation, etc and a normal budget gorilla trip can cost from USD1200 to USD2000. A 3‑day gorilla tour can be arranged for you on budget basis or even if you want it on midrange/luxury package.
When to visit Uganda gorillas on budget?
The dry season is the best time to travel for gorilla trekking that is from June to September or December to February, but to cut on costs, the low season is more preferable for budget or pack packers. This is from March to May, October, November – but these months do record high rainfall and the ground often becomes muddy or steep slopes turn slippery making it challenging navigating through the forest as you look for a gorilla family.
Budget accommodation options
There is a long list of budget lodges and camps in & around Bwindi, Mgahinga National Parks to consider for overnight sleep. They include Broadbill Forest Camp, Buhoma Community Bandas, Bwindi Backpackers Lodge, Gift of Nature Lodge, CPTH Gorilla Conservation Camp, Nshongi Camp, Mutanda Eco Community Centre, Ruhija Community Rest Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort. Other budget lodges and specifically at Mgahinga include Virunga Homestay & Campsites, Kisoro Heritage Guesthouse, Countryside Guesthouse, Golden monkey Guesthouse, and many others.
What to carry on budget gorilla trekking- Uganda
· Waterproof daypack
· Waterproof hiking boots
· Camera with no flashlight
· Gorilla permit
· Gardening gloves
· Insect repellents
· Bottled water + high energy giving snacks
· First aid kit
· Safari hat
· Sunscreen, etc
How to get there
As budget traveler, you will require a budget-friendly rental car or join a group tour to cut on the cost. By road, you can connect to Bwindi or Mgahinga to see mountain gorillas starting from Entebbe or Kampala via Mbarara-Kabale route or go border crossing from Kigali via Katuna border to Kabale, or Chanika to Kisoro then to Bwindi/Mgahinga Park.