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When is the best time to go gorilla trekking? Many travelers wonder about the best times to take this ultimate wildlife safari experience in Africa.

The cost of gorilla trekking depends on the different elements that make up a fully inclusive gorilla tour. These include transportation, accommodation and activity fees! Most gorilla treks take atleast 2 days. This article looks at the cost of gorilla trekking in the different countries including Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Cost of Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Cost of Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Cost of Gorilla Trekking in DR Congo

Guide to Costs of Gorilla Trekking

Tracking gorillas in Uganda comes with a massive bunch of memories that remain significant forever. Surely even the budget travelers can afford it through backpacking gorilla safaris or group travel but even big spenders enjoy it their way. I believe every traveler to Uganda would like to know the cost and price of gorilla trekking safaris. Generally one can spend 650-1000 budget option for the three days gorilla trekking tour to Bwindi forest or 1500 and above for luxury gorilla safaris. However, the price is likely to high depending on the number of days on safari and other places of tourism interest. However, you can spend less if you put into consideration the few saving gorilla safari tips.

Backpacking in Uganda

Many budget travelers use this travel option and experience most amazing destinations on budget including gorilla tracking your dream adventure. Uganda has the best road network and public transport as long as you behave local and become a little flexible .The country has no private bus services for tourists but sharing a public transport mean with locals is just fine. You can book a backpacking gorilla tour with your tour expert who will guide you and keep track of your travel to and from your trek hence this being the most affordable and convenient way of spending less.

Self-Drive Travel

If backpacking is hard for you, then try self-drive travel option where you buy a map, book your trip essentials and hire a private safari vehicle that will take you around.This requires much knowledge about the road driving rules and regulations, speed on the road which I believe you ca do. In Uganda driving speed limit is 80km per hour, keep it low to avoid problems of highways and busy streets in Kampala and Entebbe. Many roads are murram especially in rural areas and can get wet. If you want to rent a car and best camping gears, would recommend the use a tour agent.

Travel promotions & Discounts

Still Travelling in off season months is another way of saving big on your gorilla trek to Africa since all travel essentials cost cheap. Gorilla permits are discounted, same applies to transport and accommodation even when you travelling for other reasons. Since 2015,the Uganda wildlife authority launched a campaign to promote gorilla tourism in the months of April, May and November a phenomenal that is maintained up to today.This has enabled travelers to experience the impressive exceptional beauty of Uganda most attractive attractions the mountain gorillas that live in Bwindi forest and Mgahinga National Park.

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What is the Age Limit for Gorilla Trekking

Wondering about what to bring on a gorilla trek? Here is all the advice you need about the essential things to bring to suggested cameras, lenses etc.

In the entire three countries where mountain gorillas are found i.e Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, there is a set age limit for tourists who are allowed to track the gorillas. The rule is that for one to track these great apes, he or she should be fifteen years and above. This is strictly followed and children have been barred from visiting the endangered mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, Bwindi forest National Park, Mgahinga National Park and Volcanoes National Park.

Why this Rule

Distance: Children below fifteen can’t manage the gorilla hikes and treks of the jungle forests. This is one of the essentials for travelers looking to gorilla safaris in Africa, one should know before booking any trip to Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.

Behaviour: The gorilla park management authorities looked at child behaviors and reaction before passing the gorilla tracking age limit rules. Since gorillas are wild animals and any time they can charge and children may run instead of sitting down or even cry loud after looking into the eyes of the silverback gorilla due to fear and tension during the encounter hence messing up all the day trackers. Also children are venerable to many diseases that can as well affect the lives of gorillas so the age limit rules prevents a lot of danger to both gorillas and minor.

How Age Limit is Monitored

The process of gorilla tracking minimum age limit has succeeded through gorilla permit verification of valid passport details. Upon every gorilla permit booking, tourists are required to present a valid copy of their passport, full names, nationality and date of birth. This gives evidence when you here born and weather you fit to enter the jungle and search for the beautiful primates. If by chance you manage to secure a gorilla permit when you under age, you may not make it for the trek because same documentations are presented during the morning briefing at the park headquarters.

To track mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, one needs a gorilla permit with specific tracking date issued by Uganda wildlife Authority if tracking gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda Development board for Rwanda and Virunga National Park management. Gorilla permits in Uganda cost $600, $400 for Congo and $1500 for Rwanda. However, in April, May and November, gorilla permits cost cheap in Uganda and Congo. In all the three countries, gorilla permits are on a high demand year round and get sold out first based on first come first come basis. Remember without a gorilla permit, you cannot track gorillas and for conservation purposes only eight tourists are allowed to track a particular habituated gorilla group per day.

All gorilla tourists must be in good shape, and healthy in order not to effect the lives of mountain gorillas. Visit your medical doctor for vaccinations and preventive medicine that will keep you safe and health until when you fly back home. If you get a contagious disease a day before the day prove this with  a medical doctor receipt and then get back full refund of your gorilla permit fee. But should you be discovered that you have flue or cough, skin diseases, you will not be allowed to track gorillas for conservation reasons and future generation treasure references. Gorilla tracking is one of Africa’s top wildlife experience that draw travelers to the region giving other travel attractions a second priority.

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