Gorilla trekking is a remarkable primate experience and to most travelers it is regarded as an adventure for the rich. But the latter isn’t true! No matter your budget, trekking to see gorillas in the wild is very possible in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC. As a premier gorilla trekking safari company, we have the best budget gorilla trekking safari packages available suitable for budget travelers and all visitors interested in striking their imaginations with gorillas in their natural habitat.
Looking for a affordable gorilla trekking safaris? If yes, then look nowhere else than us! We take you through a magical gorilla trekking experience in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo to see gorillas at a relatively affordable rate.
Budget Gorilla Trekking in Uganda-The Pearl of Africa
Gorilla trekking tours in Uganda are actively conducted in 2 places; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The 2 magnificent gorilla parks straddle in Southwestern Uganda, protecting half of the total population of 1063.
Uganda has an estimated number of 21 habituated gorilla families which can be trekked by budget travelers. 20 gorilla groups exist in Bwindi and one in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Kisoro district, Southwestern Uganda.
Uganda is generally an affordable gorilla trekking destination. This makes it possible for budget travelers to take part in a trek to see mountain gorillas. Gorilla permits in Uganda can be obtained by tourists on budget safari at $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents whereas East African Community citizens pay 250,000 Ugx. We plan for the best budget gorilla trekking safari and even go further to book for you a gorilla permit in Uganda.
Budget gorilla trekking in Rwanda-the Land of a Thousand Hills
All gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda are conducted in only one place; Volcanoes National Park. This park lies within Ruhengeri region, Northwestern Rwanda and reachable within only 2 to 3 hours’ drive l from Kigali and 3-4 hours from Bwindi/Kabale or Mgahinga/Kisoro.
While Rwanda has positioned herself as a luxury gorilla destination, budget tours are also possible. Gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda are available for purchase at $1500 and they can be booked via our team or with Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
Budget gorilla trekking in DR Congo
Gorilla trekking in DR Congo is actively done in the Virunga National Park, ideal for visitors interested in trekking mountain gorillas and Kahuzi-Biega National Park for Eastern Lowland gorilla trekking. DR Congo is incredible the most affordable gorilla destination of all the 3 countries where gorilla trekking is done. Gorilla permits for Kahuzi-Biega or Virunga National Park can be purchased by budget travelers at $450 per person.
Best time to go for budget gorilla trekking
Budget gorilla trekking is a great opportunity for you to catch a glimpse at gorillas considering your wallet size, but when should you travel? The most favorite time to go for budget gorilla trekking experience in Uganda, Rwanda or DRC is during the wet/low season. This is from March up-to May or from October to November.
The benefits of budget gorilla trekking
When you choose to go on budget gorilla trekking safari, you enjoy some great benefits including exclusive gorilla encounters. Low number of visitors are recorded in most gorilla parks during the low season unlike the dry or peak season.
You also spend a night in a comfortable accommodation at the lowest price. There is also possibility to explore other destination since you have something saved. Uganda, Rwanda and DRC have variety of magical sites for tourists to visit.
What to consider when planning a budget gorilla trekking tour in Africa?
When planning for a budget gorilla trekking tour to Uganda, Rwanda and DRC, some of the important factors to put into consideration include choosing a budget accommodation facility. Note, the available accommodation alternatives in the gorilla parks range from budget, mid-range to luxury lodges. Therefore, choose a comfortable place of stay within your budget.
Also consider a budget-friendly means of transportation to and from your respective gorilla trekking destination in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC. We have the best rental cars, all within our visitors’ budget size for you to be able to get to your dream destination.
What To Pack On Gorilla Safari?
The list of items to carry on gorilla trekking is endless but you must choose essentials first. Therefore, consider packing insect repellents, sunscreen, gardening gloves, camera with no flashlight, long-sleeved shirts, bottled drinking water, hiking boots (should be waterproof), daypack also waterproof, first aid kit, rain jacket among others.
Gorilla trekking rules
Before you set off to trek the allocated gorilla family group in Uganda, Rwanda or DRC, the park official takes you through the gorilla trekking rules. These include among others maintaining a distance of 7-10 meters from gorillas, only 1 hour to be observed once you come across gorillas, no use of flashlight cameras, gorilla treks are strictly for persons above 15 years, a valid gorilla permit is must-have.