Travelling to see the mountain gorilla in Africa required you to have a budget frame work. You have to be ready to spend money on the gorilla permit which costs $ 700 in Uganda or $1500 in Rwanda.
This is the universal cost of gorilla tracking no matter the package you select for your holiday experience.
What to consider when selecting the right Budget package for gorilla tracking in Africa
Although gorilla tracking is an all year round activity, it has some low seasons that sometimes attract discounted gorilla permit offers.
Both Uganda and Rwanda normally offer some low cost gorilla permits during certain months of the year that is to say sometimes from March to May or November. This however is first communicated by the Uganda wildlife Authority or Rwanda Development Board
This year 2021, Uganda wildlife Authority has offered 40% discount on gorilla permits for up to 31 March 2012.
Anyone with a limited budget but wants to do gorilla tracking can jump onto this travel wagon and enjoy a life time Africa adventure.
Although most top-notch accommodation facilities provide considerably high bed night prices, during the low seasons, most of them also cut there prices.
At Arch safaris And Tours, we collaborate with a range of accommodations and can avail you some options of the high end facilities that have discounted prices that may soot your budget.
Best Country For Budget Gorilla tracking in Africa
Although both Uganda and Rwanda are the mostly visited gorilla tracking countries in the world, eachof them has its cost differences.
The price cost of a gorilla permit in Uganda is $700 while her counterpart Rwanda is $ 1500 however, the gorilla permit is not the only component of the gorilla tracking package.
You have an option of arriving in Rwanda Kigali then do gorilla tracking in Uganda. The drive from Kigali airport to Bwindi forest is about 5 hour to 6 hours including border crossing.
When you get an East African Visa that costs as of today $100, you can go through any country in the East African community without applying for another visa.
Domestic Travel time during road trip to gorilla tracking Safari in Africa
When you decide to track gorillas in Uganda, and want to do it the budget style, you need to hire a vehicle that will take you on a road trip. This drive is amazing but very long as you may take about 8 to 9 hours before arriving Bwindi Forest. This calls for more expense on fuel and has a specific type of safari vehicle to book.
In case you opt to do gorilla tracking in Rwanda the budget style, you need to hire a transfer vehicle from Kigali to Volcanoes National park. The drive is about 2 hours before arriving in Ruhengeri where Volcanoes National park is located.
Another alternative is booking daily domestic flights in Uganda from Entebbe to Kihihi Air strip and then a transfer vehicle from Kihihi to Bwindi forest.
This may slightly increase your budget gorilla tracking style but it saves time as flights normally take about 1 hour and 30 minutes. This however denies you the chance to enjoy amazing en-route stops for extra photography.
Join Group Gorilla Tracking Safaris
As a solo traveler, you have the entire cost of the gorilla tracking trip on your shoulders however you can also join group Africa gorilla tracking safaris.
This calls for sharing of costs with other travelers. You need to follow the terms and conditions of such trips like they have fixed time, have limited numbers that have to be booked, children are normally not accepted on these trips, sharing a room with a stranger, and so much more.
There is fun on these trips and also allow you the chance to mix with new travelers.
Combine gorilla tracking with game safari in one African country
Gorilla tracking safari in Africa is worth saving for and no matter how long it takes you to get the funds you need value for money.
When you combine gorilla tracking with game drives in Africa you saves time and money. It even gets better when you do both in one boundary. You get a variety of photos and experiences of the African jungle.
Uganda has mountain gorillas in south western Bwindi forest National park but also has breathtaking game drives in Queen Elizabeth National park. During the game drive, you may see animals like herds of elephants, herds of buffaloes, huge schools of Hippo, the giant Nile crocodiles, tree climbing lions, leopards, forest hogs, water bucks, bush bucks, Uganda cobs, mangoose the list is endless.
You limit border crossings, check in and check out hassle, and even get a peace of mind as you traverse Africa.
Plan in Advance for Gorilla tracking in case you need to travel budget
When you get the urge to go gorilla tracking but have no cash at hand, you need to plan in advance.
You may decide to book your gorilla tracking permit even a year upfront then start saving for other components later.
No need to rash your trip as it is a memorable African adventure. You don’t need to miss out on this great meeting with the mountain gorillas.
You may also enquire about the cost of gorilla tracking and use this information to help you save for it. Although changes in the cost of gorilla permits occur at a certain period, most cases who ever booked in advance is not affected and no surcharge is administered.
Tracking boots will assist you traverse the jungle without major injuries.
A poncho or rain coat will protect you from getting wet as it rains in the forest without warning.
Flash less camera for keeping memories of your meeting with the huge mountain gorillas.
Garden gloves will give you a tighter grip on close by creepers when you try to fall.
Water proof light bag to store your belongings.