Gorilla trekking Rwanda or Uganda
Comparing Gorilla Trekking Rwanda or Uganda
Choices about which country you would like to go for gorilla trekking will be based on many factors, depending on your interests in terms of what you want to see (activities), the time you have available and your budget.
Comparing the 2 countries in terms of the price of the Gorilla permit;
Rwanda’s Gorilla permit goes for $1500 per person compared to Uganda’s $600 per person, now this will depend on available Financial Resources for those interested in trekking the Mountain Gorillas.
The Government of Rwanda has done a terrific job in marketing the destination and it’s Mountain Gorillas which is the main tourist draw that Rwanda has.
Rwanda raised its Permit Prices in order to raise funding for Gorilla Conservation, as well as assist the local communities surrounding the trekking areas with much-needed infrastructure and to market Rwanda as an upmarket Gorilla Trekking Destination.
Rwanda has invited journalists from around the world to visit the Land of a Thousand Hills, and tell the story of its scenery and the Mountain Gorillas in a positive light and thus exposing Rwanda to the Travel Community around the world.
Rwanda has positioned herself as a high-end travel destination and this has seen the Gorilla permit prices going up.
Uganda, on the other hand, is keeping 600 USD Permit Prices until at least December 31, 2021. In spite of what you might read on many sites, “there are no longer “Discounted Gorilla Permits” for April, May, November available in Uganda. That ended in November 2017.
The main entry point into Uganda is Entebbe international airport. It is a 9-10 hour drive from Entebbe international airport to Bwindi impenetrable forest and to one of the four starting points for gorilla trekking in the thick rainforest.
You can charter a flight to Bwindi Impenetrable forest at an added cost of course. You will either have access to Rusahga and Nkuringo in the north of the Bwindi impenetrable forest or Buhoma and Ruhija in the south.
If you choose to drive, you will need to choose at least a 3 days Uganda gorilla tracking package. The good thing is you can add many more things to do on your trip such as chimpanzee trekking, golden monkey tracking, game viewing, a dugout canoe safari or enjoy some cultural tourism.
In Rwanda, gorilla tracking is a 3-4 hour drive from the airport in Kigali. A two-day safari is ideal in Rwanda. You can visit one wildlife park probably do the 1-day Akagera national park safari and go chimpanzee or golden monkey tracking in addition to the gorilla tracking, or explore Kigali and visit the memorial centre.
You might also choose to Fly into Rwanda and Trek Gorillas in Uganda through Kigali International Airport since Rwanda is close to Southwestern Uganda including that has got Mgahinga Gorilla Park and the Southern Area of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Fly into Rwanda – Track Gorillas in Uganda makes a lot of sense when you compare it to the Drive-Time from Entebbe Airport in Uganda being 10 hours to Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga Park.