Budget gorilla trekking Uganda and Rwanda safaris offer a golden opportunity to budget travelers interested in trekking the endangered Mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Note that, the cost of trekking Mountain gorillas is relatively higher compared to other African safari activities such as game drives in Masai Mara, Serengeti, Kruger or Queen Elizabeth National Park, etc.
Although African gorilla tours are considered expensive, in this article we have brought you all possible ways to undertake cheap gorilla safaris!
Globally, you can only enjoy gorilla tracking in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo- all found in East Africa. We advise you to book your gorilla permits in advance. Gorilla permits are limited in number!
If interested in knowing much about affordable gorilla safari trips, let's continue below:
Budget Gorilla Trekking Uganda and Rwanda, Cheap Gorilla Safaris in Africa-H1
Where to go gorilla tracking in Africa? Globally, there are only 3 destinations to enjoy gorilla trekking safari trips from. All these incredible destinations are found in Africa (Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo).
Here are the sites (destinations) for African budget gorilla safari tours:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park ranks top among the East African destinations to spot Mountain gorillas.
This picturesque park, Bwindi national park is a UNESCO world heritage site, holding half of the Mountain gorillas (1,063) on Earth. Most of the gorilla safari tours in Uganda Bwindi forest take place in the Buhoma sector, however, they’re also possible in Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo sectors.
Gorilla safari adventures in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest are even ideal for children. It’s one of the few destinations offering gorilla child friendly tours!
This is because the Bwindi Forest terrain is relatively flat unlike in other destinations. Inquire from your tour operator more about this!
For bird lovers, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a paradise for you. It’s home to over 350 birds including over 90% of Albertine Endemic bird species.
Among gorilla tracking destinations, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the only place to undertake a gorilla habituation experience. This thrilling experience allows you to spend with gorillas for long hours. In Bwindi national park, gorilla habituation experience is only possible in the Rushaga sector (south of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest) on Bikingi Gorilla Group.
Classic game-viewing adventures in Queen Elizabeth National Park can be supplemented on trips to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the few destinations to spot the rare tree climbing Lions on Earth.
Volcanoes National Park is the only site to enjoy Rwanda gorilla trips!
This scenic hilly Park, Volcanoes National Park holds the highest population of Mountain gorillas in the Virunga Conservation Area. Other parks in this striking conservation area include Mgahinga national park in Uganda and Virunga National Park in Congo.
About 12 habituated gorilla families are open for tourism for travelers undertaking gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
During your budget gorilla trekking in Rwanda volcanoes national park, you’ll have a golden opportunity to explore the tombs of Dian Fossey Tombs. This great lady was a prominent American primatologist who was slaughtered in her effort to conserve Mountain gorillas.
Furthermore, golden monkey trekking as well as Mount Karisimbi and Bisoke hikes are possible.
For a memorable gorilla safari in Rwanda, we always advise our clients to relax at Lake Kivu after the gorilla trekking in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is another amazing site worth visiting while on your African budget gorilla trekking tours.
This scenic park holds one habituated gorilla group with the highest number of Silverbacks in the world co-existing (4 of them out of 9 members).
On top of your African budget gorilla trekking safari in Mgahinga park, you can also enjoy golden monkey trekking or hike one of 3 striking volcanoes in this park; Mount Muhabura 4127m, Sabinyo 3669m and, Gahinga 3,474m.
After your budget gorilla trip in either Bwindi national park or Mgahinga Gorilla NP, you shouldn’t miss a boat trip on Lake Bunyonyi- one of the most beautiful lakes on African continent.
Budget gorilla trekking safari trips are also possible in Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
While planning to visit Virunga NP for gorilla safari tours, we advise you to consult first your tour operator whether it’s safe! Congo is one of the African countries considered insecure.
So, as professional tour operators, we shall be available to guide you either to undertake a Uganda gorilla trip in Bwindi national park or a Rwanda gorilla adventure in Volcanoes National Park.
Please, inquire first whether it’s safe before deciding to undertake a gorilla trek in Congo.
As you undertake your budget gorilla trekking safari adventure in Uganda Rwanda, there’re guidelines to follow! These rules are set to protect Mountain gorillas as well as tourists.
As you look for budget gorilla safaris in Africa, note that each country sells differently its gorilla permit. The Mountain gorilla trekking permit is charged differently i.e. Citizens of East Africa, Foreign residents, and foreign non-residents pay differently.
Here is the cost for gorilla permits for foreign residents:
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Truly, Mountain gorilla trekking is relatively expensive compared to other African adventures say; wildlife tours as well as chimpanzee trekking adventures. However, this experience is worth undertaking!
Imagine the thrill of encountering face-to-face with the mighty great apes! Many travelers consider it the top highlight of most African trips. It’s a must not miss experience for adventure lovers!
This is a common query from most of our clients intending to undertake cheap gorilla trips on African continent.
Here are the reasons why gorilla safari trips are relatively expensive:
There is no fixed cost to track gorillas in Africa! This is because there’re numerous factors influencing this cost and among these include:
The more activities you take on your trip, the more its price will rise. For instance in Uganda, some travelers can wish to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park for game viewing.
The bigger your group size, the higher the cost of your gorilla tour. This is because you have to spend more on gorilla permits. But, note that traveling as a group is cheaper on the hand.
It allows sharing of some costs like transport and accommodation facilities.
Some safari vehicles have a higher fuel consumption rate compared to others. For example, a land cruise consumes more fuel than a safari van
Feel free to email us for clarity!
How much is 3-day gorilla trekking in Uganda? The cost of a 3-day budget gorilla trekking tour in Uganda costs between $490-$520 exclusive of your gorilla permits. This rate includes the cost of accommodation facilities, transportation, and driver guide, as well as other hidden costs.
Note that, on average a Uganda gorilla tour in Mgahinga or Bwindi national park is for 3 days.
This is quite a challenging comparison! However, as experts, we have tried to bring out the key points for travelers looking for the best site to undertake cheap gorilla trekking tours in Africa.
Ø A gorilla permit in Rwanda costs $1500 while that in Uganda is at $700. Therefore, you should choose Uganda gorilla trips as they allow you to save over $800 on the gorilla permit.
Numerous travelers intending to have budget gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda always look for all possible ways to narrow their expenses. As experts in arranging gorilla trekking safari tours in Uganda and Rwanda as well as Congo, we have brought you different ways to travel on a tight budget.
Here we go:
In this season- (late September to November and March to May), there are few tourists. Most lodges tend to give out low discounted rates.
Although rare, in this season, there’re possibilities of getting discounted gorilla permits.
If you’re planning to undertake a budget gorilla tour in Africa, you should consider using budget lodges. Although cheap facilities, they are always comfortable facilities. On your Uganda and Rwanda gorilla tour, there’re numerous budget lodges to use.
A tour operator can help you choose the best.
If looking for an affordable gorilla tour, we advise you to travel as a group. Moving in a group allows sharing costs of accommodation facilities, etc.
Although not so recommended, travelers looking for all possible ways of having affordable gorilla trips in Uganda and Rwanda can opt for it. However, note that they doesn’t leave on time!
Gorilla permits in Uganda cost $700 while in Rwanda, gorilla permits are on $1500
This reduces your trip cost
Africa budget gorilla safari trips don’t imply a horrible travel experience. Some travelers might miss understand this!
A budget gorilla trip is usually an affordable gorilla tour. During your budget gorilla safari, we shall mostly use budget lodges particularly those with very comfortable facilities.
Note that, not all tour operators in Uganda and Rwanda can effectively arrange for you budget gorilla trekking tours!
Contact us now for wonderful budget gorilla safari trips in Uganda as well as Rwanda.
Packing List for Your Budget Gorilla Safari in Rwanda Uganda and Congo
As you plan to undertake a budget gorilla tour in Uganda and Rwanda as well as Congo, the following are key items to have:
There are several budget lodges (mid range hotels) in Bwindi national park, Volcanoes National Park Rwanda as well as Virunga NP of Congo.
Here are the recommended budget lodges (accommodation facilities) to use while on your budget gorilla tour:
All the above lodges are comfortable facilities ideal for your stay!
All year round, you can enjoy cheap gorilla expeditions in Uganda and Rwanda. However, as an experienced tour company in organizing gorilla trips, we suggest that you visit in the low season, (late September to November and March to May).
In these months, most lodges including even the high end safari lodges apply cost reduction measures. Therefore, the overall cost of accommodation facilities is relatively low and favorable for you!
The low discounted rates on accommodation facilities help you to save a lot!
Usually, our clients who plan to undertake budget Rwanda gorilla trips as well as in Uganda inquire whether is gorilla tracking hard!
Please note that gorilla tracking difficulty depends on one’s physical fitness level. It’s an adventurous lovely hike taking you through the moist rainforest, hills, and valleys. We advise you to undertake somebody physical exercise to make your body fit for this memorable adventure.
If you are planning to undertake an affordable gorilla trip, these tips are crucial for you!
If you have been looking for the best budget gorilla tour in Uganda and Rwanda, you are in the right hands!
For a rewarding experience, you can add some wildlife viewing experience in national parks such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park while in Uganda.
Below are some of the best budget gorilla trekking tours for you in Uganda and Rwanda:
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You’re advised to book your trip with a reliable tour operator!
Here are the top African safari companies you should book with your cheap gorilla trekking safari:
In summary, if you’re short of money but, interested in gorilla tracking in Africa, we have got you covered! We have numerous affordable gorilla trips that you can check out.
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