Bwindi Forest National Park Uganda

UWA Announces Gorilla Trekking Permit Fee Increase ( $800)


January 24, 2024

KAMPALA, Uganda – The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) today announced an increase in permit fees for gorilla trekking experiences in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, effective July 1, 2024. For foreign non-resident visitors, the trekking permit fee will increase from $700 to $800. For foreign residents and East African Community citizens, the fee will increase from $500 to $700.

According to UWA Executive Director Sam Mwandha,  An extensive consultative process, rigorous market research, and constructive discussions with various stakeholders, UWA has undertaken a comprehensive review of our conservation tariff which has seen changes in the pricing of some park activities. The primary objective of this review was to ensure that our pricing structure remains not only fair and competitive but also reflective of the current market dynamics and the diverse perspectives and insights shared during our consultation sessions.

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The fee increase will allow UWA to continue protecting and conserving mountain gorilla populations in Uganda. Mountain gorillas remain critically endangered, so supporting ongoing conservation efforts in Uganda is crucial to the long-term survival of these incredible animals,” said Smith. “The revised fee structure will provide essential funds for park operations, law enforcement activities, community projects, and health monitoring of gorilla groups habituated for tourism.

Uganda is home to over half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, most of which inhabit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. UWA has successfully increased the Bwindi mountain gorilla population from 302 individuals in 2005 to 459 in 2019. Gorilla tourism also provides substantial revenue and employment opportunities for local communities.

While the new permit fees represent a price increase, Uganda’s gorilla trekking products continue to offer exceptional value compared to other east African countries. UWA remains committed to delivering world-class and sustainable gorilla tourism experiences.

The permit fee increase was approved after extensive research and multi-stakeholder consultation conducted by UWA. All tourism partners have been notified to enable adjustments to be made to plans and budgets. Additional details on the revised fee structure can be obtained from the UWA Sales Manager.