Uganda increases gorilla trekking fees.
Uganda is home to half of the worlds remaining mountain gorillas. Therefore, gorilla trekking is one of the most popular activities that attract people to the pearl of Africa. Gorilla tracking requires a gorilla permit and over the years, we have seen how the fees for gorilla tracking have risen. From USD 200, to USD 300, to USD 400, then to 500 USD and then to USD 600. The rise has been attributed to competition from the neighboring countries and also due to the high demand.
In 2017, Rwanda another country with gorillas increased their gorilla tracking permit from USD 750 to USD 1,500. Since then Uganda too has been contemplating on increasing its fees. Uganda wildlife authority has been discussing with the private sector and proposing a range of new rates, however the private sector / tour operators wasn’t on the same page with Uganda wildlife.
Despite objection from tour operators, Uganda government has decided to increase not only gorilla tracking fees but also a number of other fees. The increment does not apply to those trekking gorillas and chimpanzees today. However, it is meant for those who intend to trek gorillas any date after 1stJuly 2020.
Therefore, for those who intend to track gorillas any date after 1stJuly and are booking today, will have to pay an extra USD 100 on the gorilla permit.
Besides gorilla tracking permits, there are a number of other activities whose prices have changed. Below we have provided you with a list of these activities that you should take note of.
New Rates Starting 1stJuly 2019.
New Rate Starting July 2020.
|Gorilla Tracking||USD 600||USD 700|
|Golden Monkey Trekking||USD 90||USD 100|
|Chimpanzee tracking- Kibale National Park||USD 150||USD 200|
|Chimpanzee habituation experiences||USD 200||USD 250|
|Rwenzori Mountain Trekking||USD 0||USD 50|
|Boat Ride Lake Mburo Park||USD 20||USD 30|
|Access to Sempaya Hot Springs||USD 15||Free after paying Park Entry Fees|
|Kidepo Park Hiking||N/A||USD 50|
For more information about gorilla tracking and the new rates for the year 2020, please contact us.