If you are thinking of taking up one of the exciting African Safari trips such as Gorilla Trekking, but want to do this on a budget, you are In the right place to find relevant information.
First things first, you may find Mountain Gorilla Trekking slightly more expensive than some of the other trips that you have taken. The answer to this is yes and no. Yes, because the gorilla trekking permits which are issued individually can cost anywhere between 600 and 1500 USD. No, because you can find off-peak season and choose a venue that is relatively cheaper than the rest.
Gorilla Trekking Uganda
Gorilla Trekking Uganda happens mainly in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The permits issued for gorilla tours in Uganda are generally cheaper (@600 USD/person) than those by neighbouring Rwanda and DR Congo (which can go up to 1500 USD/person). Uganda is also the most famous for the trails in these parks with trekkers. If you are looking to save some money on your permit fee, then you have to look at the times when the prices are reduced.
Reduced Permit Prices
Low season means that the prices of mountain gorilla permits are reduced to US$450, compared to US$600 in peak season in Uganda. The trekkers who wish to take up gorilla tours in Uganda can benefit from this reduction of 25% in permit prices. Low season also means that you can apply and expect your permit to come through swiftly. This is mainly due to the lower number of permit applicants during the low season.
The low season for mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda happens between February and May, and in November. During these months, there is rainfall. However, the presence of rainfall does not impact the quality of your experience. If anything, the experience is enhanced as more gorillas make their way to the lower slopes which means shorter trekking times and more direct interaction with the gorilla families.
Apart from low prices of the permits, you will also greatly benefit from the reduced prices of boarding and lodging. The air ticket prices are generally reduced during the low season and the hotels offer better services at reduced prices due to the low influx of trekking tourists. You not only pass but also end up having a more enjoyable experience overall. What more could you ask for?
Other Saving Tips
If you are well equipped for the tour, it can be reduce your costs because you wouldn’t have to squander funds at the last minute for essentials which can be expensive to buy at local prices. Be well prepared, stock up on your water and snacks, make sure you are wearing clothes that cover your entire body and you are wearing sneakers that are comfortable for trekking, with these essentials in check, you are not only going to enjoy your trek in comfort but will also benefit from the low prices during the whole low season.