When you think of gorilla trekking in Uganda, you think expensive, right? But did you know that you could trek Uganda’s mountain gorillas on a budget?
It’s very possible, especially during the low season. Gorilla Trek Africa shares why it is a good time to trek during this season and how you can save money along the way:
Trekking gorillas in Uganda is done in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The price of mountain gorilla permits in Uganda is reduced to US$450 during the low season, compared to US$600 in peak season.
The discounted mountain gorilla permits are issued out to counteract the lower number of trekkers during this season, thereby ensuring continuous arrivals for gorilla safaris in the country.
Permits are not only cheaper, but also easy to obtain due to low demand. This saves the trekker’s time in booking for – and receiving – the permit.
Low season trekking and prices:
Trekking in the low season provides travellers with a closer interaction with the gorillas. Fewer people in the parks mean that there is no congestion. Because of this, the number of people allocated to each gorilla family is reduced from eight down to a lower number, giving trekkers a more personal interaction with the gorillas.
Besides the discounted gorilla permit prices, the cost of services in lodges and hotels during the low season are also reduced due to the low occupancy rates. This means that travellers receive high-quality services at a reduced price, which is not always the case in the high season. The same also goes for air tickets as they are also offered at a low rate.
The low season occurs during the rainy months of February through to May, and November, but this does not affect trekking. Mountain gorillas live in tropical rain forests where rain can occur any time despite the season. Additionally, forest vegetation becomes very green and lush during this time – the perfect setting for some great photographs!
As you can see, trekking Uganda’s mountain gorillas can definitely be done on a budget. Travellers should take advantage of this and join a trek during the low season and enjoy an unforgettable experience!