Are you curious about the fair price of a safari to see gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild? Look no further! The 5-day Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari promise an exciting and unforgettable experience. This safari will take you to two remarkable national parks, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Kibale Forest National Park. The fair price includes gorilla and chimpanzee permits, transportation, accommodation, and service fees without any hidden costs. Let’s break down the costs to estimate the price of this amazing safari.
Gorilla trekking is the highlight of the 5-day Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari. It involves venturing into the forest to view a habituated mountain gorilla family. Trained trackers and rangers use various signs and methods to locate the gorillas before the trek begins. The trackers wake up early every morning to search for these magnificent creatures using natural means such as clapping and making wild sounds. Once the gorillas are found, the guides will brief the visitors on the dos and don’ts before embarking on the trek in the forest.
The cost of the permits varies depending on whether you choose gorilla habituation experience or gorilla trekking. For Non-Foreign Residents, the gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi costs USD 700, while East African Residents pay USD 600, and East African Citizens pay Ugx 250,000. On the other hand, the gorilla habituation permits cost USD 1500 for Non-Foreign Residents, USD 1000 for East African Residents, and Uganda Shillings 750,000 for East African Citizens. The habituation experience takes place in the southern part of Bwindi between Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors. The permit price includes entrance fees, guiding fees, and conservation value for the forest that harbors half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.
Another exciting activity on this 5-day safari is chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park, often referred to as the Primate Capital due to its high chimpanzee population. The trek begins with a briefing at the park headquarters on the dos and don’ts while in the forest. Guides and park rangers ensure the safety of visitors during the trek. The chimpanzee trekking permit is essential and allows one hour of viewing and staying with the chimpanzees once they are found. There are three trekking sessions available throughout the year: morning, mid-morning, and afternoon.
The chimpanzee permits for Kibale Forest National Park cost USD 200 for Non-Foreign Residents, USD 150 for Foreign Residents, and Uganda Shillings 150,000 for East African Citizens, according to the 2021-2022 Uganda Wildlife Authority Tariff. It is crucial to secure these permits in advance, especially during the high season when they can sell out.
Transportation costs are influenced by the mode of transport chosen, fuel prices, driver guide allowances, flight tickets, and vehicle hire for the 5-day safari. Flights to Kibale National Park or Bwindi are the easiest means of access, taking approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Flight costs range from USD 273 per adult.
For those opting for a road trip, it takes about 5 hours from Entebbe/Kampala to Kibale National Park and approximately 8-9 hours from Kampala to Bwindi. This drive is enjoyable, with several stops to observe the diverse landscapes. The safari vehicles used are 4×4 for comfort and to navigate the park’s roads. Safari van hire ranges from USD 70 per day, while Land cruisers range from USD 150-250 per day. The fuel cost for the round trip is approximately USD 300, depending on the chosen vehicle.
In Bwindi, it is recommended to stay in the sector where you will trek for easy access to the park headquarters. Lodging options in Bwindi vary from budget to luxury, with prices ranging from USD 70-100 per person per night. Options include Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Four Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, and more.
In Kibale Forest National Park, you can choose from a variety of lodges ranging from budget to luxury, offering beautiful views of the forest or crater lakes. Prices range from USD 70-400 per person per night, and options include Ndali Lodge, Crater Safari Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge, Primate Lodge, Turaco Tree Tops, and more.
Trek Africa Tours is experienced in organizing exceptional primate safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, and DRC. With a team of energetic staff guided by experienced managers and directors, the company ensures timely and accurate information to assist travelers in planning their safari. Trek Africa Tours boasts excellent reviews on platforms like TripAdvisor and Safari Bookings, making it a reliable choice for your 5-day Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari.