8 Things you never knew about Gorilla Tracking in Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

8 Things you never knew about Gorilla Tracking in Uganda – Names, names, names

You can refer to your adventure as a Gorilla Safaris, Gorilla Trekking or Gorilla Tracking – but we know you want to see the mountain gorillas – one of humans closest relatives.

8 Things you never knew about Gorilla Tracking in Uganda – You can see Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo

We took at Rwanda Gorilla Trekking yesterday which has a well organized and easy to reach option at Virunga Park. The major downside it is very expensive at $1,500 per day and person just for the permit.

Uganda has two national parks that have an active mountain gorilla population Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Keep in mind that modern Uganda was actually started by the British (who also started Kampala as a settlement) – so the ‘Impenetrable’ sound a little less surprising. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has indeed no public roads and is only accessible by a four wheel drive cars.

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8 Things you never knew about Gorilla Tracking in Uganda – How to get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Both parks are close to the Rwandan border. The Rwandan capital of Kigali (City Guide) is actually closer than the Ugandan capital Kampala (City Guide).

Rwanda has great roads but roads in Uganda are a rather sorry affair. However most tour operators organize tours from Kampala but of course you can get a custom option and can be picked up on the border or at your hotel in Kigali.

In the end you will spend six – eight hours in a car from both cities. You will need to overnight in a nearby city and get up early for the trek.

8 Things you never knew about Gorilla Tracking in Uganda – How much does a Gorilla Tracking permit cost?

Currently you can get a permit for $600 per person/ per day. A permit is good only for one park.

Here is the price list as published by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

For the low-season months of April, May and November the fee has recently been reduced to $450. This is significantly lower than in Rwanda.

Generally you are buying just one hour of close-up time with the magnificent species. It includes the ranger fee and the park entrance fee.

Permits sell out in advance and you should book at least six months ahead. Any tour operator will be able to do it for you. Uganda is not an efficient bureaucracy.

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8 Things you never knew about Gorilla Tracking in Uganda – How much does a tour cost?

The whole trip including transport and accommodation for two or one night (at least) can be booked starting at under $1,000 per person.

8 Things you never knew about Gorilla Tracking in Uganda – So what’s the difference between Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Besides the funny names the parks have rather different mountain gorilla populations.

Bwindi Impenetrable national Park has more than 13 gorilla families, Mgahinga National Park has only one gorilla family with fourteen members.

There 96 gorilla permits (i.e. 96 people can visit at any given day) for Bwindi National Park 8 permits at Mgahinga National Park .

Mgahinga Park is as it is more accessible and the terrain is better and well not as ‘impenetrable’ as Bwindi, but you will likely only find space at Bwindi.

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8 Things you never knew about Gorilla Tracking in Uganda – What else is there to do?

However has more things to do and you can see the volcanoes of Mgahinga, Muhavura and Sabinyo.

You can also get a $100 for chimpanzee permit – though that gives much less bragging rights on your Facebook and Instagram.

8 Things you never knew about Gorilla Tracking in Uganda – Can I do it all by myself?

Theoretically speaking yes but there is a lot of hassle involved for precious little savings. You have to deal with the UWA in Kampala before you head out. There is no public transport besides teh odd bus. And you still need a place outside the park to stay.

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