According to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the price for gorilla trekking permits from 1st july 2020/21 to 2022/23, will increase to USD 700.00 per person per trek. This development was announced during a consultative meeting organized by The association of Uganda Tour operators(AUTO). Foreign non residents will pay USD 700 per gorilla permit Effective 1st July 2020 to spend one hour with mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park. Foreign residents with a working permit will pay USD 600 per gorilla permit per trek while East Africans in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi as well as Southern Sudan will have to pay ugx 250,000/=
While Uganda gorilla permits have been increased to USD 700 for foreign none residents from USD 600 and USD 600 for foreign residents from USD 500, this permit entitles one to visit or add on a visit to Semiliki national park or Mountain Elgon National Park. (details of this to come shortly). This has been done in order to encourage tourists visiting Uganda to spend more days and time in Uganda. Basically tourists have been visiting Uganda for three days just to see mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National Park but now they will have to look at an option of extending their stay in Uganda by visiting either Semiliki National Park or Mount Elgon National Park.
Even though there is an increment in the price of Uganda gorilla permits. Uganda still remains the most affordable and safe gorilla trekking destination more than the Democratic Republic of Congo which is the most affordable of all the three gorilla trekking nations but is not safe to visit and Rwanda whose gorilla permits are at USD 1500.00 per person per trek in Volcanoes National Park.
Gorilla permits from both Uganda and Rwanda include park entry fees for their respective national parks which include Bwindi impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda respectively. They also include spending one hour with mountain gorillas while observing their behaviors and taking photographs a process we call habituation. These fees also include services of an armed ranger guide and trackers who help to guide the trekkers. Security at the National Parks is provided by armed UWA rangers as well as tourism police in the case of Uganda. Transport and accommodation is excluded in Uganda and Rwanda gorilla permits.