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How to Plan a Gorilla Safari on a Tight Budget

Female Lowland Gorillas

Do you want to have a budget gorilla trekking safari? Africa Tours Adventures has it all in preparation in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo.  We offer affordable gorilla trekking safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable national park, Mgahinga National Park, volcano national park and Virunga national park.

Mountain gorillas are classified as the critically endangered apes which have 1087 individuals in the whole world. But in Uganda is known to be having half of the gorillas which is 400 individuals. A gorilla trekking safari on budget was designed to offer more than less and the budgeted cost is less during the low season when the trekkers are few than in peak season which is expensive for luxury trekkers.

Despite the fact that budget is cheap, the gorillas are spotted either on a short or long distance just like visitors on a luxury and mid-range class.

Important tips to note on the tight budget gorilla safari

  • Check with your flight agent to book for a cheaper ticket
  • Request for a moderate form of transport like a safari van
  • Do not ask for more activities besides gorilla trekking.
  • State it clearly in your inquiry email that you need budget gorilla trip. The tour operator knows what to package.
  • Take a shorter gorilla trip for instance for one, two or 3 days.
  • Request for a moderate budget lodge

Facts to consider on a gorilla safari on a tight budget

Best time to go on a budget safari on a gorilla trekking

It is important for a traveler to note the seasonality of East Africa safari, what to expect and  the total cost. Although gorilla trekking is an everyday activity, all visitors get the same experience that is hiking through steep slops and thick forest to meet gorillas.

The best time is determined in a low season which lies in March, April, May, and November. However during peak season that is also known as dry season which is January, February, June, July, August, September and December are mostly for  luxury or mid- range visitors. Due to the at that Ugandan weather is unpredictable in either peak season or low season, there is a change of weather in both seasons since it is a think forest which results into a global change of weather.

Accommodation is very paramount when it comes to any safaris not only in gorilla destinations but also across wildlife national parks in Uganda. Regarding accommodation so many gorilla safari lodges range from luxury, mid-range to budget.

Travellers on a budget gorilla safari can’t fall to get where to say for a night because the accommodation facilities may also be forced to offer discounted prices during the low season.

Some of the budgeted lodges in bwindi impenetrable park include Buhoma Community Campsite, Buhoma view Bandas,Wagtail Eco Safari Camp, Bunyonyi Overland Camp, Crater Bay Cottages Bushara Island and Bunyonyi backpacker  hostel, Nshongi Campsite, Gorilla Valley Lodge and kisoro travellers Rest Inn. 


Gorilla trekking is one of the rewarding experiences that every trekker wishes to carry out. Just like any adventures, trekking these Giant Apes is costly but despite the cost, backpackers and other visitors with small budget are also able to encounter these majestic wild creatures in Uganda unlike Rwanda which is expensive.

In case trekkers can’t afford hired cars with drivers; they are allowed to have self-drive or public means when they are assured of the place to visit in order to save the money for entrance, accommodation and food. lt is also advised not to use flights because they are expensive and its mostly used up by luxury trekkers.

Gorilla trekking permits

Gorilla permit is a card that every trekker gets access to mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga national tours.

 In Uganda, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) offers discounted permits to visitors especially in the month of April, May and November. Ugandan gorilla permits are cheaper than Rwanda which gives chance to many visitors to visit. However in Congo the permits are cheaper than Ugandan permits although the country has faced security challenges due to civil wars thus giving chance to Ugandan tourism to rise. 

What else to spot during the gorilla trekking safari on a tight budget?

During the gorilla trekking safari in low season, visitors are able to spot other touristic attractions like rare golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park, forest birds and the Equator where there is free photography. Since budget involves self-drive, visitors are able to pass via Lake Mburo National Park where zebras and Uganda kobs are spotted in case a visitor drives Mbarara – Masaka route and Fort portal route, visitors are able to spot animals in Queen Elizabeth national park. Thus unforgettable tour for visitors on a tight budget.


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