- December 28, 2015
- Posted by: Africa Safaris
- Category: Travel News
Uganda Wildlife Authority has done so much to develop gorilla tourism in Uganda in 2015 and because of this, we would like to thank this body by outlining all achievements recorded in 2015 as we enter 2016. Gorilla tourism contributes lots of foreign exchange to Uganda’s economy and as such if well developed, Uganda can partially solve its problem of lack of forex as well as balance of payment issues.
New developments in gorilla tourism
Within three years, Uganda Wildlife Authority has managed to habituated more wild gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This has in turn increased number of gorilla permits available for gorilla tourism and tracking per day. New gorilla families that have been habituated include Busingye, Bweza, and Kahungye in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Three gorilla families translates into twenty four gorilla permits introduced to the market per day. This is appreciated as it gives chances to more people to come and track gorillas in Uganda.
Gorilla habituation experience has been introduced as part of gorilla tourism in Uganda. It is the first of its kind and allows tourists to spend four hours will mountain gorillas under habituation. At the moment, gorilla habituation takes place in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable national Parks where new gorilla families including Bikingi are being habituated. This is still at a mock stage and costs USD1500.00 per person for four hours. With this, we feel that that gorilla tourism will be exciting in 2016.
Discounted gorilla permits on offer during off season months of April, May and November has also led to the development of gorilla tourism in Uganda. It all started when Uganda wildlife Authority slashed the price to USD350.00 in 2013 and in 2016-2017, these gorilla permits will cost USD450.00 per person to trek gorillas in Uganda. This price only applies to April, May and November 2016-17.
Nyakagezi gorilla group which used to move from one place to another has been confined in Uganda part of virunga. It used to spend most of its time in Volcanoes National Park but since 2014, it has been well looked after and it is stably living in Mgahinga National Park. Tourists can now trek gorillas in Mgahinga National Park which never used to be the case. We at Encounter Africa Safaris will always bring you updates and new developments in gorilla tourism. Contact us for gorilla tours to Uganda and Rwanda at affordable prices