Gorilla Trekking for Backpackers: Uganda’s dense forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are home to over half the world’s mountain gorillas – the rest live in neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As they do not survive in captivity, preservation of these fragile habitats is essential for their survival. Do you want to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat on a small budget? Well, we can arrange gorilla safaris for travelers with a small budget.
Cost of a gorilla permit
Gorilla tracking permit in Uganda is quite expensive but worth it, the cost of a gorilla tracking permit in Uganda is US$ 700 per person, Mountain gorilla permits in Rwanda are the most expensive at US$ 1,500 per person and the Democratic Republic of Congo are the cheapest at US$ 400 per person.
Means of Transport to go gorilla trekking
Travelers who want to go gorilla trekking should hire a 4×4 vehicle; at Gorilla Tracking Africa we have a fleet of cars that can help explore East Africa. Land cruisers and some safari van consume a lot of fuel, so we recommend you to hire a 4×4 vehicle that is fuel-efficient like Rav 4, and super custom or car which does not exceed 3,000 ccs or a car with less fuel consumption. There is no need to gorilla trekking with pop-up safari vehicles, why? Gorillas are usually seen on foot, you don’t need a pop-up vehicle for this expedition, you need a car to transfer you to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park and back to the airport or you can opt to extend your safari, there are so many activities to do in Uganda besides gorilla trekking like white water rafting in Jinja, see chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park – Murchison Falls National Park – Kidepo Valley National Park – Lake Mburo National Park, a boat cruise on the Nile River or on Lake Victoria among other expeditions in the pearl of Africa.
What to pack on your gorilla trekking trip
Travelers who want to backpack on a gorilla trek in Uganda in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park must pack hiking boots, a long-sleeved shirt or blouse, long trousers, a camera with a good battery and space, pair of binoculars, a hat and sunglasses, raincoat, hiking socks garden gloves, and insect repellant spray.
Best time to go gorilla trekking on a budget
The best time to visit a mountain gorilla for a backpacker is in the low season; in the low season is that time when the country endowed with such attractions receives fewer tourists. The low season starts from April to May and October to November when the country receives few travelers. It is during this when most lodges reduce their accommodation rates.