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UWA Protected Areas Tariffs – Effective for 2024 to 2026
Would you like to plan a trip to Bwindi? Here are the park entrance fees and activity fees for different groups of visitors looking to explore Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Comprehensive Guide to Visitation Fees

Activity (Charges per person) Non-Residents
(US Dollars)
East African Residents
(US Dollars)
East African Citizens
Rest of Africa
(US Dollars)
Gorilla Tracking $800 $700 UGX 300,000 $500
Gorilla Habituation Experience $1500 $1000 UGX 750000 $1000
Nature Walk (Day Walk) $30 $15 UGX10000 $10
Long Nature Walk (Rushaga to Nyabaremura) $50 $40 UGX50,000 $40
Guided Short Nature Walks for Children $5 $5 UGX10000 $5
Children Scouts – Adventure Activities $10 $10 UGX20000 $10
Batwa Forest Experience $40 $40 UGX40,000 $40
Park Entrance Fee Adult







UGX5,000 (Children)

UGX3,000 (Pupils or Students)

UGX5,000 (Tertiary Institutions)

UGX2,000 (Uganda Wildlife Clubs)

The following groups will receive free admission to protected areas:

All children under five years of age

People living in the vicinity of the protected area who have permission from the Warden In-Charge

 Visitor Entrance Fees  Non-Resident  Foreign Resident  East Africans
 Class – Category A  Visitation Fees US$  Visitation Fees US$  Visitation Fees Ush
 Adult  1 day/night – $40-  1 day/night – $20-  1 day/night – Ush5,000-
 Child (5-15 years)  1 day/night – $15-  1 day/night – $10-  1 day/night – Ush2,500-
 Child (0-5 years)  Free  Free  Free

Foreign Students with valid international identity cards are allowed 25% on entrance fees.

One days entrance is valid for twenty-four hours from the time of entrance.

All visitors will be required to produce valid ID’s in order to determine their resident status.

Vehicles Entrance Fees

There are no vehicle entrance fees for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

 Guided Nature Walks  Non-Resident  Foreign Resident  East Africans
 Up to 4 hours  US$10-  US$10-  Ushs15,000-
 Over 4 hours  US$15-  US$15-  Ushs15,000-

Commercial Filming Fees

Commercial filming permits need to be applied for in Kampala at the UWA offices before proceeding to Bwindi. The cost for this per day is US$200- per person per day. You do not need a filming permit for non professional Analogue Video or Digital Video.

Gorilla Filming: Less than 3 days US$3,500; 3days US$5,000, above 3 days each additional day US$1,000 per day. (This excludes gorilla tracking permits).

• ALL Gorilla watching permits can only be booked through the central reservations office in Kampala
• Other activity fees can be paid for both at the reservations office or the different park gates

How to Pay Park Fees

The following payment options are now available;

  • Mobile money (Airtel money pay & MTN Momo pay)
  • Payment through Point of Sale (POS Machines)
  • Payment through the online payment portal

Bwindi Gorilla Permits

All National Park tariffs indicated below are effective 01 July 2024 through 30th June 2026

 Gorilla Tracking Fee  Non-Resident  East African Resident  East Africans
 No persons under 15yrs  US$800-  US$700  UGX 300,000

For additional information on Gorilla Permits please read document ‘Gorilla Permits‘.

Direct bookings with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is not possible. Gorilla permits are allocated to local tour operators. You can make your booking via a trusted agency info@visitbwindi.com. Please note that there is a little surcharge for bookings through a tour operator ranging from US$50 to US$100.

Cost of gorilla permits

Gorilla trekking permits for Bwindi are obtainable by foreign residents at USD 600 per person. Bwindi National Park alone features about 20 habituated families of mountain gorillas and they translate to 160 permits. Obtaining a permit your permit means a great opportunity to visit one of the gorilla groups, each assigned to a maximum of 8 guests per day.

  • No persons under 15 years of age may trek gorillas
  • Gorilla tracking begins at 08.30. Arrive at least 15 mins prior to this for registration.
  • Gorilla Permit Rates include park entrance fee, guide fee, a certificate of trekking and community levy.

Gorilla Permits for Foreign Residents

How much do foreign residents pay for gorilla permits in Uganda? Gorilla trekking permits for Bwindi National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are categorized into 3; foreign nonresidents, foreign residents and lastly East African citizens. The 3 categories offer a chance to all categories of visitors to travel and interact with a fully habituated gorilla group in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Foreign residents living in Uganda and other African states like other visitor categories stand a chance to interact with a family of mountain gorillas of their choice on a gorilla tour. Trekking Bwindi gorillas is remarkably a lifetime experience, and you can only be allowed to get access to the park and family of gorillas if you have a valid gorilla permit.

How to book a gorilla permit as foreign resident

Foreign residents can have their permits booked through a reliable tour operator on ground. Consider reserving your permit in advance prior to actual visit to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to track gorillas. We advise that you book your permit and also entire gorilla tour at least 2-6 months earlier –often we have had guests who even book their trips 1 year earlier.

Booking your permit in advance can save you from last minute stress and generally, the process is tedious which should be tackled early enough. This also allows you plan for anything else that is essential to make your gorilla trip complete.