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2024 – 2026 Cost of Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Trekking Permits in Uganda | Increase in the Cost of Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Trekking Permits Effective 1st July 2024 to 2026

A New Baby Gorilla Born in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Uganda has announced an increase in the Gorilla trekking permits and Chimpanzee trekking permits effective 1st July 2024 to 30th June 2026 when the cots will be reviewed again.

A consultative meeting with the tourism stakeholders which included the presence of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) was where the announcement was made.

From 1st July 2024 to 30th June 2026, the Gorilla trekking permits will increase by $100 that is from $700 to $800 for foreign nonresidents per permit. Foreign residents will now pay $700 for the permit instead of the previous $600 and East African Citizens will now pay UGX 300,000 instead of the previous UGX 250,000.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is an experience that allows you one hour with the endangered Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat, which is either in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

The Gorilla habituation experience in the Rushaga sector of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, allows you 4 hours with the Mountain Gorillas however, not changed yet and remains $1500.

On the other hand, the Chimpanzee trekking permits for Kibale Forest National Park have also been increased. Foreign nonresidents who used to pay $200 will now pay $250 and foreign residents who previously paid $150 now pay $200.

Summary of the Updated Safari Activity Costs in Uganda

Other than the change in the Gorilla trekking and the Chimpanzee trekking costs, other safari activities in different destinations have also been affected while others remained the same.

Below, we look at the UPDATED costs of the safari activities in the Uganda national parks.

Abbreviations:

BINP – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

KNP – Kibale National Park

QENPQueen Elizabeth National Park

MGNP – Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

MFNPMurchison Falls National Park

KVNPKidepo Valley National Park

SNP Semuliki National Park

MENPMount Elgon National Park

LMNPLake Mburo National Park

FNR – Foreign Non-Resident

FR – Foreign Resident

EAC – East African Citizen

NPs – National Parks

UGX – Uganda Shillings

$ – United States Dollars

 

DestinationSafari ActivityFNR ($)FR ($)EAC (UGX)Other Africans
1BINPGorilla Trekking800700300,000500
Gorilla Habituation15001000750,0001000
Birding & Nature Walks403030,000
Long walk from Buhoma to Nkuringo and Rushaga to Nyabaremura605050,000
Walking the Rushura Hill & Ruhija Bamboo walk402010,000
Batwa Forest tour40(without entrance fee)40 (Without entrance fee)40,000 (without entrance fee)
2MGNPGorilla Trekking800700300,000500
Volcano Hiking1008050,000
Volcano Hiking for Ug StudentsN/AN/A5,000
Birding & Nature Walks403030,000
3KNPChimpanzee Trekking250200180,000
Chimpanzee Habituation300250250,000
4QENPChimpanzee Trekking at Kyambura Gorge1008050,000
Birding & Nature Walks252020,000
Cycling302530,000
Sport Fishing201520,000
Lion Tracking200150200,000

Comparison of the Gorilla Trekking Permits and Chimpanzee Trekking Permits Between Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo are the only Mountain Gorilla trekking destinations in the world. On the other hand, they are also the best destinations to go for your African Chimpanzee trekking tours.

Below, we look at the comparison of the current costs of both Gorilla trekking and Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic of Congo.

Gorilla Trekking Cost in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo

COUNTRYPARK

 

 

FNR

 

(USD)

FR in EA

 

(USD)

EAC

 

 

Other African Citizens ($)
UgandaBwindi Impenetrable NP800700300,000 Uganda shillings500
Mgahinga Gorilla NP800700300,000 Uganda Shillings500
RwandaVolcanoes National Park1,500500$200500
Democratic Republic of CongoVirunga National Park400200$20
Kahuzi Biega NP (Lowland Gorillas)400200$20

Chimpanzee Trekking Cost in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo

COUNTRYPARKFNR(USD)FR(USD)EAC
UgandaKibale NP250200180,000 ugx
Queen Elizabeth NP1008050,000 ugx
RwandaNyungwe Forest NP15075$25
Democratic Republic of CongoLwiro Primates Rehabilitaion Center$30

 

 

Other Uganda Safari Activities With Their Updated Costs

Protected AreaActivityFNR ($)FR ($)EAC (ugx)
1MFNPBirding & Nature Walks252020,000
Cycling302530,000
2SNPBirding & Nature Walks403030,000
3MENPBirding & Nature Walks403030,000
4RMNPBirding & Nature Walks403030,000
5LMNPBirding & Nature Walks252020,000
6KVNPBirding & Nature Walks252020,000
Lomej hike403030,000
7Kapkwi Sector and all ReservesBirding & Nature Walks252020,000
8All NPs and ReservesNight Nature Walks503020,000
9All Savannah parksGame drives

(with guide)

252025,000
Without guide101010,000
10All savannah parks and reservesMotorcycle game ride303035,000

Background/History of How Gorilla Permits and Chimpanzee Trekking Permits Have Been Increasing Through the Years

Below, we look at the cost of the trekking permits since 2018.

Cost of a Gorilla Trekking Permit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Since 2018

YearsForeign Non-Residents (USD)Foreign Residents

(USD)

East African Citizens (UGX)Other African Countries (USD)
1st July 2024 – 30th June 2026800700300,000500
1st July 2022 – 30th June 2024700600250,000
July 2020 – June 2022700600250,000
2018 – 2020600500250,000

Chimpanzee Trekking Permit Cost at Kibale National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park since 2018

YearsDestinationForeign Non-Residents (USD)Foreign Residents

(USD)

East African Citizens (UGX)
1st July 2024 – 30th June 2026KNP250200180,000
QENP1005050,000
1st July 2022 – 30th June 2024KNP200150150,000
QENP505030,000
July 2020 – June 2022KNP200150150,000
QENP505030,000
2018 – 2020KNP150100100,000
QENP505030,000

 History of Primate Habituation Costs in Uganda Since 2018

YearsDestinationFNRFREAC
2024 – 2026Chimp habituation at KNP300250250,000
Gorilla habituation at BINP1,5001,000750,000
2022 – 2024Chimp habituation at KNP250200200,000
Gorilla habituation at BINP1,5001000750,000
2020 -2022Chimp habituation at KNP250250200,000
Gorilla habituation at BINP1,5001000750,000
2018 -2020Chimp habituation at KNP200 (full day)

 

100(half day)

200(full day)

 

100(half day)

150000(full day)

75,000(half day)

Gorilla habituation at BINP1,5001000750,000
  1. Will Tourists who Booked their Permits in Advance before 1st July 2024 be Affected?

If you have already booked your tracking permit in advance for a tracking date after 1st July 2024, you will not be affected.

  1. How About the Chimp Permit Reservations?

The Uganda Wildlife Authority has authorized tour operators who bought a permit at 30% to increase their cost of the Chimpanzee permit within 9 days.

It is advisable to book your Chimpanzee tracking permits early enough so that they are well secured.

Book your Gorilla trekking permit and Chimpanzee trekking permit with Prime safaris and Tours for the best tracking experiences in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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