Gorilla Trekking on Budget
Gorilla trekking on budget is what many travelers would like to take on such that they are not forced to literally break the bank just to enjoy gorilla trekking in Africa. It is only in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park of Rwanda and the Congo respectively that mountain gorillas can be found. Gorilla trekking is that activity that involves hiking into the densely forested areas in search of mountain gorillas that are fully habituated for tourists to visit. Given the cost oftentimes advised by a number of tour companies for a gorilla trekking safari, many people are left to think that the activity is for the rich only and yet it isn’t the case.
Gorilla trekking on budget is very possible. Do you want to go gorilla trekking but low on budget? Well follow the tips below to plan a perfect gorilla safari.
Where to go
Choosing the right country amongst the three that inhabit mountain gorillas is very paramount in helping lower your gorilla trekking budget. Rwanda has prices for a mere gorilla permit at $1,500, which can actually be the total price for a full gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. Choosing Uganda as one’s destination for gorilla trekking on a budget is one way of cutting down on costs. Gorilla permits in Uganda cost $600 up until June 2020 when they will rise to $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and ugx250,000 for East African citizens. Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be done in two parks, say Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which have more than 18 habituated gorilla groups which mean there are more gorilla permits that can be purchased per day.
If one planned carefully beforehand, this activity can be executed very well. If one booked for gorilla permits in the low season, one can be rest assured of not only attaining them but also know which sector they would be tracking from and thus take time to carefully choose the best accommodation that just fits one’s budget. Very basic lodgings can be found in and around the park with good camping facilities that can help cut down on the budget of the gorilla trekking safari. Planning ahead also helps one to have ample time to book an appropriate vehicle that can fit in their budget.
Know the best time to visit for gorilla trekking on budget
Getting to know the best time to visit for one planning gorilla trekking on budget is very important. Whereas most travelers visit in the dry months, these months fall in the peak season where almost everything is hiked in price. Travelers planning to go gorilla trekking on budget should instead opt for the off-peak or commonly known as low season when prices are relatively lower, especially in regards to lodging and car hire. The low season/rainy season falls in the months of March, April, May, October and November.
Choose budget accommodation
As earlier said, there are a number of budget accommodation facilities both in and around the park. One can get lodgings, in the low season that are as low as $15. Make sure to first know which gorilla sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that you are to trek from before you book your accommodation. Irrespective of which sector you are to track from, be rest assured of getting an appropriate lodging fit for your budget.
Book an all-inclusive gorilla tour
Taking time to search and book an all-inclusive gorilla tour that is budget-friendly is advisable as well. There are tour operator companies that offer really subsidized gorilla trekking safaris, and even more, subsidized if many in number. Booking this kind of tour from a trusted tour operator will help you not worry much about planning and making bookings for yourself, or worse have to get stranded in a foreign land. Gorilla trekking on budget safaris will have you enjoying one of the most memorable moments that you will forever behold while making sure you get the best value for your money.
Do not fail to do one of the amazing activities that you have seen and heard a number of people do and talk about on their social media handles. You too can go gorilla trekking irrespective of your budget. Get started planning your gorilla trekking on budget safari or have a trusted tour operator share with you some really subsidized packages. Whatever you choose, enjoy your visit to the wild viewing the endangered mountain gorillas.