In our previous article, we delved into the components that are included in a gorilla permit when booking a gorilla tour. However, it is equally important to highlight what is excluded from the cost of a gorilla permit. A key factor that contributes to the overall expense of a gorilla tour in either Rwanda or Uganda is the high cost of obtaining a gorilla permit. In Uganda, a gorilla permit is priced at USD700, while in Rwanda, it is priced at USD1500. Meanwhile, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a gorilla permit is priced at USD450. This permit is a requirement for anyone seeking to view or trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
A gorilla permit is a crucial component of a gorilla tour, but it’s important to note that it doesn’t cover all the necessary expenses. To have a smooth and enjoyable gorilla trekking experience, there are several other items that you’ll need to consider and budget for. These may include transportation costs, accommodation, park entrance fees, meals, and other personal expenses incurred before and after the trek. In short, a gorilla permit is just one aspect of the overall cost of a gorilla tour and should not be considered as the only expense.
When it comes to visiting the gorillas, transportation is a crucial aspect of the experience that is often overlooked. It’s important to note that the cost of transportation to and from the gorilla trek starting point is not included in the price of a gorilla permit. As such, it’s necessary to make separate arrangements for this aspect of the trip. Depending on the location of the gorilla park and the length of your stay, you may need transportation from the airport or hotel to the lodge near the park, transfers to the starting point of the trek, and transportation back to the hotel or airport.
For those visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, there are two options for getting there from Entebbe International Airport: driving or flying. Charter and scheduled flights are available, and can land in Kihihi or Kisiro for the northern and southern parts of Bwindi, respectively.
It’s important to keep in mind that transportation is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to planning a gorilla tour. When booking a gorilla permit, be sure to factor in the cost of transportation to ensure that your trip is complete and successful.
Staying close to the gorilla parks, such as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park, or Volcanoes National Park, is a must for those undertaking a gorilla tour. This ensures that you arrive on time for your trek and don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s recommended to spend one or two nights in the vicinity of the park, with one night before and one night after the trek. Although it is possible to drive or fly out of Bwindi on the day of the trek if you have a late flight and are flying out of Kigali International Airport, this is not ideal and may not guarantee a successful experience.
Trek Africa Tours can assist you with finding suitable accommodation for your stay near the gorilla parks. There is a wide range of accommodations available to suit different budgets, from budget-friendly options to upmarket lodges. We will help you choose the best lodge to suit your interests and budget.
While a gorilla permit covers the cost of accessing the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park, or Volcanoes National Park, it does not include the cost of hiring porters or sedan chairs. For individuals who may have difficulty during the trek due to their physical condition, porters are available to provide assistance at a cost of around USD 15-20. For elderly individuals or those with disabilities, sedan chairs can be used to carry them to and from the gorillas. This ensures that everyone has the opportunity to fulfill their dream of seeing gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda.
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