Bwindi forest is apparently the most visited National park in Uganda. Over 70% of tourists on Uganda safaris opt to visit Bwindi to take part in the memorable mountain gorilla trekking experience. Each day, over 136 travelers check into Bwindi impenetrable forest to see mountain gorillas and enjoy the fresh feeling of penetrating into the impenetrable forest of Bwindi. For that matter, potential travelers have frequently asked what’s the park entrance fee to Bwindi Forest National park. Well, there is no specific entrance fee to the Bwindi forest but it rather depends on which activities you intend to do in this jungle forest. Different activities in the Bwindi forest call for a different cost of entrance into the forest. Gorilla Trek Africa gives you a guide on the likely to be a park entrance fee to Bwindi Forest depending on the activity you are doing. The entrance fees to Bwindi forest are:
Gorilla Trekking permit
A single permit to trek gorillas in Bwindi forest costs $600 for foreign non-residents, $500 for foreign residents, shs 250,000 for East African residents. With effect from 1st July 2020, the cost of Uganda gorilla permits will increase to $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents and shs 250,000 for East African residents. The cost of a gorilla permit includes park entrance fees, park ranger fees, conservation fees, and other government taxes. This tells that a traveler who buys a gorilla permit to Bwindi forest will not pay an extra park entrance fee. Everything is included in the permit and is paid for once.
<3>Gorilla Habituation permit
Do you want to spend ample time with gorillas, you ought to buy a gorilla habituation permit at $1500 each. This includes park entrance fees, park rangers fees, conservation fees, and other government taxes. A gorilla habituation permit allows you to spend four hours with a wild gorilla family undergoing training to make it familiar with human presence. Like in trekking, a traveler who buys a gorilla habituation experience permit will not be asked to pay a separate park entrance fee.
Batwa Forest Experience
If you want to visit Batwa pygmies in Bwindi Forest national park, the tour costs $40 for foreign non-residents, $40 for foreign residents and shs 40,000 for East African residents. Travelers are guided to visit Batwa communities and homes in the boundaries of Bwindi Forest. Traditional dances, songs stories, and skits are performed to entertain visitors and introduce them to Batwa traditional forest life.
Golden Monkey permit
Golden monkey trekking permit costs $100 each. The permit allows a traveler to spend an hour in the company of the lively playful golden monkeys in their natural habitats rewarding them with a lifetime experience. The golden monkey permit is inclusive of, conservation fees and ranger’s fee altogether. Park entrance fee for golden monkey trekking is paid separately. Mgahinga Gorilla National park is the only destination to trek golden monkeys in Uganda. The other population of golden monkeys lives in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National park also trekked at $100 each.
Batwa cultural trail
For those who want to do a Batwa cultural trail in Mgahinga gorilla national park, the activity costs $80pp for foreign non-residents, $80 for foreign residents and shs 50,000 for East Africans. The permit is inclusive of the park entrance fee, rangers fee, conservation fee, and government taxes. Batwa cultural trail is about learning and experiencing the traditional forest life Batwa pygmies in southwestern Uganda. Here Batwa pygmies guide travelers into Mgahinga forest where they practice different initial Batwa activities. Among the activities done during the Batwa cultural trail include collecting honey, hunting, picking medicinal herbs and practicing rituals in Ngarama cave. Also, there is a cultural performance in which traditional songs, dances, poems, and stories are performed to entertain visitors. Batwa cultural trail is indirect support of Batwa pygmies since the money collected ($80) is given back to Batwa families to improve their standards of living and establish Batwa projects in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Mgahinga Volcano climbing
Do you want to take part in Mgahinga Volcano climbing, a permit costs $80 for foreign non-residents, $70 for foreign residents and shs 50,000 for East African residents. This cost is inclusive of the park entrance fee, conservation fee, and government taxes. Porters are hired at shs 40,000, which is fairly cheap.
In general, park entrance fees to Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National parks are normally an inclusion of the permit for the activity a traveler intends to do. Contact Gorilla Trek Africa today, book your gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking permits and enjoy your Uganda safari to south Western Uganda with no restriction.
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