Safe Affordable Gorilla Safaris in Uganda-Here your Money Stretches Further

Posted by on April 28, 2019

Safe and Affordable Gorilla Safaris in Uganda Where your Money gets you More

$600 Permits mean Affordably Priced Quality Luxury & Midrange Gorilla Safaris in Uganda


Affordable Gorilla Safaris in Uganda the emphasis is on affordability.  Gorilla Safaris are expensive, the most  costly Tourism Activity in Africa. Safe, Guerilla Free Affordable  Gorilla Safaris can presently only be found in Uganda. 

Across the border, Affordable Gorilla Safaris in Uganda remains a reality.  Rwanda doubling its permit price did not bring about any changes in Gorilla Safari pricing, except that those who typically would have chosen to trek Gorillas in Rwanda were taking the short 3 to 4-hour drive to Uganda to trek Gorillas in the Pearl of Africa saving hundreds and in many cases thousands of Dollars.

Affordability is a matter of doing the math.  Two people on a Gorilla Safari in Uganda will save 1,800 USD on Permits alone.  That without taking the lower lodge prices in Uganda into account. 

We have found that a husband-wife couple trekking Gorillas in Uganda rather than Rwanda will save over 2,000 USD on average.  Trekking Gorillas in Uganda is like receiving an instant coupon of at least 900 USD a person.

Affordable Gorilla Safaris in Uganda – The Reality is this – Your Money, Your Dollar stretches further in Uganda. Affordability is not just a slogan but a present Reality where the extra money will pay for your flight, add a few more days to your Safari in Uganda.

Cheap Gorilla Safaris – The answer is no – Affordable Gorilla Safaris stretching your Dollars remain a 2019 Reality.


But Rwanda means a better Gorilla Trekking Experience than Uganda?

For lack of better word – “Hogwash” may be the right word – The reality is that Uganda has done a lousy job marketing itself as the  best Gorilla destination in Africa whereas Rwanda has excelled in promoting  itself as being the Home of Mountain Gorillas, the purported 40 Million Dollar Arsenal  Premier football Team “Visit Rwanda” on the uniforms is one example.

International Tour Operators, Travel Writers, Self-Appointed Besserwissers, So called Travel Forum Experts have created and perpetuated the myths that Rwanda is home to the Mountain Gorillas, that the Gorilla encounter experience is better in Rwanda.  The truth is that Rwanda has a portion of the remaining Mountain Gorillas.  Uganda, not Rwanda has over half of remaining Mountain Gorillas, and half of that remaining number is Bwindi Impenetrable.

Rwanda is and has been the Darling of the media, international travel promoters ever since the Blockbuster Movie “Gorillas in the Mist” was released depicting Dian Fossey’s work with the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda.  The fact that Rwanda has become a miniature Singapore of Africa powerhouse only helps.  Kigali, Rwanda is a model city of what Africa can be like unlike Kampala, Nairobi, or other African Capitals.

During April of 2019, when Rwanda remembered the horrendous Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda received more positive press, coverage including TV coverage than Uganda has gotten in a decade all leading people to Believe that Rwanda is the best Tourism Destination except tourists in 21st Century do a research and find a safe and alternative and that has been Hands-Down the Pearl of Africa, Uganda.

Uganda is synonymous with Safe and Affordable Gorilla Trekking!

Uganda has become Africa’s Premier Mountain Gorilla Destination due to price, affordability, and quality of  experience. The Unpromoted Affordability of Gorilla Trekking Safaris has led to what we call “The Great Trekker Migration to Uganda.”  Rwanda has chosen the luxury Nordstrom’s Department Store route- Uganda without any specific Gorilla marketing assistance except Permit prices remaining at 600 USD has become the affordable T.J. Maxx of Gorilla Tourism where quality is not compromised. It is the Experience that matters and not the country you are trekking in.

Without an Affordability campaign by the Uganda Tourism Board and Ministry of Tourism Uganda became the Gorilla Trekking Destination of Choice thanks to what in hindsight seems a marketing miscalculation by Rwanda, a misunderstanding that a passion for mountain gorillas does not mean a love for a country, that the price of a Permit does matter.  That having Ellen DeGeneres in Rwanda’s Corner and the British Premier Football Team Players wearing “Visit Rwanda” does not mean that Gorilla Trekkers will blindly follow, they do their research looking at the best Financial Option without compromising the Experience. That just a bit of increased Drivetime takes one to affordable Uganda, something the Uganda Tourism Board, the Minister of Tourism, the Junior Minister of Tourism oddly never bring up.  We hower do so, as well as some other Gorilla Tour Operators.

 The Unpromoted Affordability of Gorilla Trekking Safaris has led to what we call “The Great Trekker Migration to Uganda.”  Rwanda has chosen the luxury Nordstrom’s Department Store route- Uganda without any specific Gorilla marketing assistance except Permit prices remaining at 600 USD has become the affordable T.J. Maxx of Gorilla Tourism where quality is not compromised. It is the Experience that matters and not the country you are trekking in.

Uganda’s two Gorilla Parks have over half the remaining Mountain Gorillas in the World.  Mgahinga Gorilla Park gives you the Virunga Volcanoes Experience at $900 less than Rwanda and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest that one-of-a-kind Afromontane, Rainforest Jungle Feel without the humidity due to its elevation. Twenty Gorilla Families can be tracked in Uganda plus it is the only country where you can have more time with a Gorilla Family on the Exclusive Gorilla Habituation Experience.

The Affordability Bottom Line is this:  The average midrange or upmarket Gorilla Safari is at hundreds of dollars less than the 1,500 USD Permit Price alone in Rwanda. The Reason why Uganda is the Number One Mountain Gorilla Destination.

The Good News for Gorilla Trekkers is this, Gorilla Trekking in Uganda will continue to be Affordable with Permit Prices remaining at $600 for 2020 and 2021.


Why Uganda is the Premier Affordable Gorilla Safari Destination:

  • Affordable 600 USD Gorilla Permit – 900 USD less than in Rwanda
  • More Gorillas – More Habituated Gorilla Families – More Permits
  • Two Gorilla Parks
  • More Gorilla Safari Lodges at affordable Rates.
  • More Time with Gorillas – 4-Hour Gorilla Habituation Experience at the same price as one permit in Rwanda.
  • More Gorilla Add-Ons such as the best  Chimpanzee Trekking in East Africa
  • Trek Gorillas n the Forest or on the Volcanoes and save.

Does Having more in Uganda mean a lesser value when it comes to the Gorilla Encounter Experience. 

In the Forest, there are only eight maximum participants on a Gorilla Trek, four if you are doing the Gorilla Habituation Experience. Private Treks can be arranged where it is just you and the Rangers.


 Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda that are Affordable:

For Over a Decade we have done one thing only, create Safe and Affordable, Private Gorilla Safaris using value priced midrange, upmarket, luxury and exclusive Lodges where the Outcome of a safari is more important than the income.

We use Experienced, friendly, Safety minded Driver-Guides who will arrange everything you need on Safari keeping the surprises to a minimum.

With us, your Money stretches even further since there are no additional costs of having an overseas office.  Our Safaris are only offered on the Internet, and we do not use costly booking services, we do not spend money attending marketing fairs internationally – we have only one customer, one client, you.

This means a more affordable Gorilla Safari for you in the Pearl of Africa.