Gorilla tracking is a once in a lifetime experience that is on many people’s bucket list. And
rightfully so, it is certainly one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Seeing gorillas is known to be expensive, but how much does gorilla tracking cost?
Well there are three countries that you can see the magnificent mountain gorillas; Congo, Uganda and Rwanda. Because of the political unrest and tricky visa process (I have heard of people being turned away at the border), lets discount Congo. For the gorilla tracking permit alone, in Uganda it costs $600 per person, or during low season (March, April and May) that figure is reduced to $450. In Rwanda, a gorilla tracking permit costs $750 year-round.
But what about the rest, like accommodation costs?
Well, in Uganda, there is a wide range of accommodation near the park, with lodge’s starting at around $120 per night, full board for a double room at Bwindi View Banda’s, rising to $1200 for the utmost luxury at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge. In Rwanda, accommodation starts at $300 Per night, FB, at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, rising to a whopping $1800 at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
If you are looking for a more budget option, then you can stay further away from the parks and travel in the morning of your tracking, and accommodation becomes much cheaper if you are willing to do this.
So, should you choose Uganda or Rwanda for your gorilla tracking experience?
Well, if it’s just a quick visit for gorilla tracking then Rwanda is the place to go. Being a
much smaller country, with relatively good roads, gorilla tracking in Rwanda is much more accessible than Uganda. Though I would like to add that there is much more to Rwanda than gorillas, and spending a few days touring will be an unforgettable experience.
However, for variety of experience, Rwanda does not compete with Uganda. Uganda is much larger and much more diverse than Rwanda, both in terms of wildlife and landscape. Uganda truly is a heavyweight of the safari world, so for a longer trip, Uganda is the place to choose.
To see the cost of a full tour, and see what else there is to do in this amazing region, head to our ‘Uganda’ and ‘Rwanda’ pages to see a variety of different safaris that are available, catering to a variety of different budgets, interests and duration, all at unbeatable prices.
If you have any questions or would like any advice for your trip to Uganda or Rwanda then head to our ‘Contact us’ page, and we will be happy to answer any questions that you have.