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Uganda Wildlife Authority Increases Gorilla Permit Fees from $700 to $800

January 24, 2024 – KAMPALA, Uganda – In an announcement made today, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) revealed its plans to adjust permit fees for gorilla trekking adventures in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, with these changes set to take effect on July 1, 2024.

For foreign non-resident visitors, the trekking permit fee will see an increase from $700 to $800, while foreign residents and East African Community citizens will experience a hike from $500 to $700.

UWA Executive Director, Sam Mwandha, shared insights into the decision, stating, “After conducting extensive consultations, conducting thorough market research, and engaging in constructive discussions with multiple stakeholders, UWA has completed a comprehensive review of our conservation tariff.

Sam Mwandha
UWA Executive Director, Sam Mwandha

This has led to adjustments in the pricing of select park activities. The primary goal of this review was to ensure that our pricing structure remains equitable, competitive, and in tune with current market dynamics, taking into account the diverse perspectives and insights shared during our consultation sessions.”

The increase in permit fees is intended to support the ongoing efforts to protect and conserve Uganda’s mountain gorilla populations.

Revised Gorilla Permit Fees
Revised Conservation Fees

These remarkable creatures are classified as critically endangered, underscoring the importance of bolstering conservation initiatives in Uganda to ensure their long-term survival.

Smith, a spokesperson for UWA, emphasized this, saying, “Mountain gorillas remain critically endangered, so supporting ongoing conservation efforts in Uganda is crucial to the long-term survival of these incredible animals.

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 more than half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, with the majority residing in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. UWA has achieved remarkable success in growing the Bwindi mountain gorilla population from 302 individuals in 2005 to 459 in 2019.

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Mountain Gorilla in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Additionally, gorilla tourism plays a pivotal role in generating revenue and employment opportunities for local communities.

Despite the increase in permit fees, Uganda’s gorilla trekking experiences continue to offer excellent value compared to those in other East African countries.

UWA remains steadfast in its commitment to providing world-class and sustainable gorilla tourism adventures.

The permit fee adjustments were implemented following extensive research and consultations with multiple stakeholders conducted by Uganda Wildlife Authority.

All tourism partners have been notified to allow for necessary adjustments to plans and budgets. For further details on the updated fee structure, interested parties can contact the UWA Sales Manager.

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