Backpacking Tips for your Uganda Gorilla Trek

Even on a small budget, don’t give-up a life long dream of meeting mountain gorillas in their natural habitant. You can successfully plan your gorilla trek independently and go as cheap as possible. The price of a Uganda gorilla permits isn’t cheap, its standard at $600 in the months of December – March, June – October, and $450 in the low season months of April, May and November. Even with a pricey gorilla permit, you can reduce the rest of the expense to fit your small budget for the trip.

Tips for backpackers

Take advantage of the low season within the months of April, May, and November and buy your permit at only $450. save $150 off the normal price of $600

Purchase your gorilla pass directly from the Uganda Wildlife Authority in Kampala, because a tour operator with charge you a fee for purchasing it for you. They accept credit cards and cash

You can travel by public means, Its just about 25, 000 UGX – $7 from Kampala to Kabale where you can have overnight. Its about 7 hours scenic drive with brief stop offs. I recommend having overnight in Kabale and hiring a 4*4 vehicle to drive to Bwindi early morning to catch briefing for gorilla trekking. It would be great to spend the second night in Bwindi forest camping – Its very beautiful overlooking the forest

Book your hotel your self, check cheap accommodations within the area you are going to be visiting mountain gorillas and book nearby accommodations. Accommodation in Bwindi ranges from 20 Per night camping just near your trekking point.

Pack right for for trek – sturdy hiking shoes and socks, enough water, a light rain jacket and do hire a porter.

Always follow the instructions of your guide and respect the gorilla trekking rules. Gorillas are very fascination to watch in the jungle, and you can be tempted to reach out to them! fight the temptation, keep the distance of 7 meters and go have fun with the gorillas in Uganda.

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