Are you planning and interested in visiting Africa to go Gorilla trekking to meet the Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat you would like to know the Cost of Gorilla Trekking 2024 -2025 before booking your trip, safari vacations, and travel services Explain the best place you can visit for gorilla trekking to see gorillas in the wild in Africa and the cost.
Gorilla Trekking in Africa is one of the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that attracts many travelers to do during their visit to Africa. Despite the high costs, time, and discomfort from booking to hiking through the forest to search for these endangered apes watching gorillas in their natural habitat in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo is one of the best wildlife experiences every traveler would have on his/her safari.
Gorilla Trekking involves hiking/walking through the forest and at some point, difficult terrain, thick vegetation, crossing rivers and swamps in search of gorillas, this activity is challenging and requires one to be fit at the time of the trek.
Gorilla trekking allows you to encounter and watch the gorillas in their natural habitat for one hour in Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo. For travelers who would like to spend more time with the gorillas in their natural habitat can opt to visit Bwindi Forest for a Gorilla Habituation experience which gives you 4 hours of encounter with the gorillas.
Visiting Africa to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat Gorilla Trekking in Africa is done in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo which host the four national parks that are home to the only remaining mountain gorillas.
These include Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Mgahinga Gorilla National in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Virunga National Park in Congo. In Congo, you also have an opportunity to see the Lowland gorillas which are found in Kahuzi Beiga National Park.
To trek at any of the mentioned national parks a gorilla permit is required for you to be allowed to go for gorilla trekking. With this once you have your planned dates for gorilla trekking we recommend you start booking your gorilla trip immediately given the fact that services and permits sell out very quickly especially if you plan to do the trek in the peak season of June to September, it is always better to book at least 5 months in advance prior traveling.
Gorilla Trekking at the mentioned parks can be booked directly or through a trusted tour operator like Safari Vacations and Travel Services.
The Gorilla permit in Uganda for now Costs $700 Per person per trek for foreign nonresidents, $600 Per person for residents, and $70 for East African Citizens (Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, and South Sudan), for Uganda there is a plan to amend this price for July 2024 to July 2026. Still, if you book now your gorilla trek for 2024-2026 you will pay based on the current price.
This allows you to spend an hour encounter with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Uganda has 17 habituated gorilla family groups with 16 found in Bwindi and 1 in Mgahinga this means 136 Gorilla permits are available every day for gorilla trekking in Uganda. Gorilla trekking in Uganda also gives you an option to spend more time with the mountain gorillas through Gorilla habituation experience which is only done in Bwindi Forest, a gorilla habituation permit costs $1500 per person allowing you to spend 4 hours encounter with the semi habituated mountain gorillas under the guidance of trackers and researchers as opposed to one hour for the normal trekking.
Getting gorilla permits in Uganda can be done directly by booking them through the Uganda Wildlife Authority or a trusted tour operator in Uganda for safari vacations and travel services.
The Gorilla permit in Rwanda costs $1500 Per person per trek for Foreign nonresidents, $500 Per person for foreign residents, and then $200 for East African Citizens (Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, and South Sudan), this allows you to spend one hour encounter with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Rwanda has 12 Gorilla families hence 96 Gorilla permits are available each day for gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. Getting gorilla permits in Rwanda can be done directly by booking them through the Rwanda Development Board or a trusted tour operator in Rwanda like Safari Vacations and Travel Services.
Gorilla tracking in Congo is done in Virunga National Park for Mountain Gorillas and Kahuzi Beiga National Park for Lowland gorillas. A gorilla permit in Virunga National Park costs $400 per person per trek for the high season months of Mid-December to mid-march then June to October and then $200 for the low season months of mid-march to mid-May and then mid-October to mid-December every year.
A gorilla permit in Kahuzi Beiga National Park costs $400 for foreign nonresidents, $200 for East African residents, and $20 for national residents. However, getting gorilla permits in Congo can be done directly by booking them through Virunga National Park or a trusted tour operator like Safari Vacations and Travel services
When booking your gorilla permit it is important to note that the gorilla permit price excludes accommodation, air tickets, ground transport, meals, and other expenses, you will need to get more details of the package you are booking with your tour operator.
Uganda is one of the best places to visit gorillas in Africa, compared to Congo Uganda is safe for travelers and compared to Rwanda Uganda is much more affordable for gorilla trekking.
Visiting Africa to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. The minimum age limit for Gorilla Trekking is 15 years and the maximum age is 85 years depending on fitness levels. Gorilla trekking for elders is now made possible especially in Bwindi Forest through the provision of sedan chair carriers, these chairs are used to carry those who feel unfit and are unable to walk into the forest at the time of their trek, you will be carried by potters to and from the forest during your trek, hiring the sedan chair can do in advance or at the day of the trek and price ranges from 400-500 dollars.
Gorilla trekking in Africa is done throughout the year and the best time to do gorilla trekking in Africa is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown.
Trekking Gorillas in Uganda exclusively alone. During gorilla tracking, you will need a comfortable, hard-wearing, pair of walking shoes or boots. Conditions are generally very muddy in the forest when it is raining. There are uphill sections which may be quite steep and strenuous. It is also advisable to wear a long-sleeved cotton shirt and lightweight long trousers to protect yourself from the undergrowth, stinging nettles, and biting ants. Suggested Items to pack for Gorilla trekking;
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