A combined Gorilla Trekking and Habituation Experience on a Uganda safari

Increase in gorilla permit rates in Bwindi from June 2024 to 2026

Exploring Uganda’s Rich Wildlife: Increase in gorilla permit rates in Bwindi from June 2024 to 2026. Embarking on a wildlife adventure in Uganda has become even more thrilling with recent updates from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). This comprehensive guide delves into significant rate adjustments and exciting news about new gorilla tracking families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. These changes, effective July 1, 2024, usher in a new era of conservation, providing travelers with unparalleled opportunities to witness captivating mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitats.

Increase in gorilla permit rates from June 2024 to 2026
Increase in gorilla permit rates from June 2024 to 2026

UWA Rate Adjustments

Conservation Initiatives

The rate adjustments in entrance fees and related charges for national parks managed by UWA align with the organization’s steadfast commitment to ongoing conservation efforts. Visitors play a crucial role in supporting these initiatives, ensuring the sustainability of Uganda’s rich biodiversity.

Effective Date

Commencing July 1, 2024, the updated rates will come into effect. Travelers and tour operators are urged to incorporate these changes into their pricing structures for upcoming bookings, reflecting their dedication to responsible tourism practices.

Exciting Gorilla Tracking News

Four-Year Habituation Exercise

After a meticulous four-year habituation exercise, UWA proudly announces the opening of new gorilla tracking families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This marks a significant milestone in ongoing efforts to enhance the tourist experience while safeguarding the welfare of these incredible animals.

Newly Opened Gorilla Tracking Families

Buhoma Sector: Explore the Enchanting Behaviors of Gorillas

Witness the captivating behaviors of gorillas in the Binyindo and Muyambi families in Buhoma Sector. A unique opportunity to observe these majestic creatures up close awaits.

Rushaga Sector: Thriving Communities of Rwigi and Tindatine Families

Embark on an adventure to the Rushaga Sector to witness the thriving communities of the Rwigi and Tindatine families. Gain insights into their social dynamics and daily lives.

Nkuringo Sector: Unique Dynamics of the Posho Family

Experience the unique dynamics of the Posho family in the Nkuringo Sector. Discover their interactions, habits, and contributions to the rich biodiversity of Bwindi.

Expanded Permits

With this expansion, UWA now offers 194 normal gorilla tracking permits and 4 gorilla habituation experience permits daily. This increased capacity allows for more visitors to partake in the unforgettable experience of observing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

New Rates for Gorilla and Chimp Trekking Permits

Increased Fees for Conservation

Recognizing the vital role of tourism in conservation, UWA has revised the costs of Gorilla and Chimp trekking permits. These adjustments, effective July 1, 2024, contribute directly to the preservation of Uganda’s mountain gorilla populations and the conservation of its diverse ecosystems.

Revised Permit Prices

Gorilla Permits: Increased from $700 to $800.

Kibale Chimp Permit: From $200 Now priced at $250.

Kyambura Chimp Permit: From $50 Adjusted to $100.

Chimp Habituation: Increased from $250 to $300.

Discounts for African Passport Holders

UWA acknowledges the importance of regional tourism and offers discounts for African passport holders. Gorilla Permit costs are reduced to $500, while the Gorilla Habituation Experience sees a discount, now priced at $1000.


In conclusion, these recent developments from the Uganda Wildlife Authority mark a significant step forward. This is in the sustainable management of Uganda’s wildlife treasures. Travelers, tour operators, and conservation enthusiasts alike are encouraged to embrace these changes. Therefore, contributing to the continued protection and appreciation of Uganda’s natural wonders. As we navigate these adjustments together, the spirit of responsible tourism remains at the forefront, ensuring a harmonious coexistence between humans and the diverse ecosystems that make Uganda a premier destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

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