How much does a safari in Uganda cost?

Unlike other safari destinations in Africa, Uganda safaris are quite different and unique. In Uganda, most tours combine both driving and flying giving travelers a wealth of safari activities and wildlife sighting opportunities. With our expertise in organizing Uganda Safaris, one of the most asked question by travelers is ‘‘How much does a safari in Uganda cost?’’. How much does a safari in Uganda cost? In this article, we explain the safari prices for Uganda safaris, and the major activity prices in Uganda.

Planning a safari to Africa usually requires budget consciousness since everything you will ad in your itinerary means an addition of more dollars. Although most Uganda safaris are affordable, travelers interested in gorilla trekking will find Uganda Safaris more costly than those that engage in other safari activities.  Gorilla trekking tour are a major highlight of A Uganda safari and most travelers include it when planning a visit to Uganda. Here is a complete guide to Uganda safaris prices 2024 – 2025 (How much does a safari in Uganda cost?)

Average safari cost in Uganda – How much does a safari in Uganda cost?

How much does a safari in Uganda cost?  For anyone planning to visit Uganda, the average cost for a budget safari is $350 per person per day, $550 for midrange and $ 700 to $1000+ per person per day. Safari costs in Uganda are also influenced by several other factors like the season, number of safari activities, and type of accommodation one prefers among others. If you are traveling as a group, it becomes more affordable compared to when you are traveling as a solo traveler. This is because the costs are shared among the group members. For more safari quotes, contact our experts here…

How much is a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda?

For those who wish to visit Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and trek the mountain gorillas, you require a gorilla trekking permit that is usually booked prior to the trekking date. According to our past experience and knowledge about safaris to Bwindi, for a successful simple 3-day safari to Bwindi, you should budget for at least USD 1600 per person, which should be the cheapest. Contact our expert travel planners today and have your adventure well-tailored and experience the magic in Africa’s jungles with Acacia Safaris Limited. This includes a gorilla trekking permit which costs around $700 for international visitors or foreign nonresidents.

Gorilla Trekking permit prices in Uganda

Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda cost up to USD 700 per permit for foreign travelers, and UGX250,000 for East African citizens of Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and South Sudan. The gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can only be done after booking Bwindi Gorilla Permits that are paid for at the Uganda wildlife Authority.

However, effective 1st July 2024, the new UWA permit prices are expected to be implemented. Foreign or International visitors will pay $800 per person per permit, foreign residents will pay $700, East African Residents will pay Ugx 300000 and the rest of Africa will pay $500 per permit. All these rates are for a normal gorilla trekking permit.

For travelers interested in Gorilla habituation, effective July 1st 2024, the habituation permits prices will be as follows. $1500 for foreign non-residents, Ugx 750000 for East African residents, and $1000 for foreign residents and the Rest of Africa.


Wildlife viewing in Uganda – Cost of wildlife safaris in Uganda

While traveling to some of Uganda’s top safari destinations like Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park, it can cost up to USD 1000 for budget safari travelers. If you are to travel with other people, the price is incredibly reduced. Joining a group on your safari while in Uganda will help you cut the high safari costs since the costs are usually shared among the group members, If traveling with more than two people, it’s possible to save over $ 200 on a 3-day trip.


Safari Activities and their fees

Gorilla trekking permits of Uganda costs USD 700 per person per day.

Tracking golden monkeys also requires a permit in Uganda which costs USD 60 per person per hour.

A Luxury safari lodge cost an average of USD 350 per night

Budget or cheap Safari accommodation costs an Average of USD 120 per night.

A chimpanzee tracking permit costs USD 200 (Kibale National Park)

Park entrance fees is USD 40 ( Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo, and Kidepo)

Rhino Visits at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary costs up to USD 50 per person per day.

Trekking Mount Elgon (National Park) costs USD 90 per day.

Boat cruise on Queen Elizabeth National Park costs USD 30 per shift.

What make up the final cost of a safari in Uganda – Factors that affect the cost of safari – How much does a safari in Uganda cost?

Duration of Safari

The duration of a safari is so influential on the cost of your tour in Uganda. The prices are costed per day and usually, the more you stay means spending a little more. For travelers who are traveling with the same tour operator all through their vacation in Uganda and Africa at large, it is becomes more affordable. The number of the days you will spend on your safari are determinant on the final price of your tour package.

Accommodation preference

Your preferred level of comfort during a Uganda Safari will contribute to the final cost of your Uganda safari cost.  Uganda’s accommodation is relatively cheaper compared to her neighbors like Tanzania and Kenya. You can get a double room at a decent mid-range safari lodge or camp for $200 in Uganda. However, there are more luxurious facilities with high class amenities offering classical luxury treat. Luxury accommodation rates start from $ 700 and above. The more comfort you desire, the more expensive your Uganda safari will be.


Season of Travel

Just like her neighbors Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda experience two rainy seasons between March and May and October and November and two dry seasons. Although Uganda generally follows the East African weather patterns, the country’s top safari parks like Bwindi are made up of tropical rainforests that attract rains even during the dry seasons. Generally traveling to Uganda during the dry season is  becomes expensive since these month are also the high season for tourists in the country. Most accommodation facilities at fully booked during this time thus a hike in prices. If you are budget conscious, travelling during the rainy season which is also the low season will save you some dollars.



Is Uganda cheap to travel?

Uganda is less expensive than some of its neighbours, despite the fact that East Africa is known for its expensive luxury resorts and activities. With its abundance, it spoils travelers looking for excitement. The pearl of Africa definitely has something to offer to every kind of travelers regardless of their travel budget range.

Is Uganda good for safari?

Due to its lush habitats and diversity of species, Uganda outshines all other safari destinations in these two categories while also remaining a fantastic location for a traditional safari by boat or vehicle.

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