Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Fees July 2024 To June 2026

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Fees July 2024 To June 2026

Located in the Southwest of Uganda on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers some of the most memorable wildlife experiences in Uganda. Bwindi is among the only four destinations in the world where it is possible to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat; mountain gorillas are rare subspecies that are amongst our closest living relatives and having a face-to-face encounter with them is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site designated in 1994, the park is home to over 345 bird species, 221 butterfly species and 120 mammals, over 160 tree species, 105 ferns and numerous flowering plants.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to 19 gorilla families open for gorillas trekking with 152 visitors allowed to visit the gorillas per day, the park has four tracking trailheads that is Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo where gorilla trekking is done.

Like other national parks in Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is under the administration of Uganda Wildlife Authority which is responsible for the activities that take place in the park.

Below are the new park fees for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for July 2024 to June 2026

Activity fees

Mountain gorilla trekking

STATUS FEES (US$)
Foreign Non-Residents (FNR) 800
Foreign residents (FR) 700
East Africa Community residents (EAC) 300,000 UGX

Mountain gorilla habitation experience

STATUS Fees (US$)
Foreign Non-Residents (FNR) 1,500
Foreign residents (FR) 1000
East Africa Community residents (EAC) 750,000

Nature walk

Status Fees (UGX)
Foreign Non-Residents (FNR) 30
Foreign residents (FR) 15
East Africa Community residents (EAC) 10,000

Batwa Forest Experience

Status Fees (US$)
Foreign Non-Residents (FNR) 40
Foreign residents (FR) 40
East Africa Community residents (EAC) 40,000 UgX

Birding

Status Fees (US$)
Foreign Non-Residents (FNR) 30
Foreign residents (FR) 25
East Africa Community residents (EAC) 20,000 UgX

Commercial filming and photography

All filming and photography 40% of the activity fee

(inclusive of the monitoring fees of 10%per day)

Filming with a drone 50% of the activity

Aircrafts landing fees

All aircrafts landing Bwindi Forest National Park is charged a designated fee, these fees were allocated according to the type of the air craft and the carrying capacity – the number of seats in the aircraft.

Type of the aircraft and no of seats Foreign Ugandan registered
US $ UGx
Gliders, Microlights 10 10 20,000
Up to 3 Seater 20 20 40,000
4-6 Seater 30 30 60,000
7-14 Seater 40 40 80,000
15-20 Seater 50 50 100,000
21 Seats and above 60 60 120,000
Helicopters (Per landing) 100 125 250,000
Parking fees per day 10,000

Note:

  • Aircraft fees are exclusive of passenger fees
  • All en-route pilots do not pay entry fees that is they are to spend less than 2 hours in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Vehicle fees

All vehicles operating in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are charged a fee which is designated basing on the type of vehicle.

Registration Foreign (US$) Ugandan registered
US$ UGx
Motor-cycles 30 5 10,000
Saloon Cars 40 10 20,000
Minibuses, Omni-buses 50 15 30,000
Pick-ups 50 15 30,000
Over Landers 150 50 100,000
Tour Company vehicles and 4 wheel drive 150 15 30,000
Buses and Lorries 150 75 150,000
School Buses 25 50,000
Delivery Vehicle per entry 10 20,000

Fines and penalties

Offence Penalty
Off-tracking driving fine US$ 150 (per Person in the Vehicle, to

be incurred by the driver

Over Speeding UGX 100,000 per incident
Smart Card loss US$ 20
Animal Accident fee (Road kill US$ 500
Fine for Late Reschedule

(Gorilla trekking permit)

25% of the Permit Fee)
Fine for Tracking in a different

location(Gorilla)

50% of the Permit Fee
Littering in the Park UGX 100,000 per incident
Hooting in the Park UGX 100,000 per incident
Sitting on Top of the Vehicle US $100 per incident
Default on Tariffs US$150

Research fees

Category LTR

(US$)

FNSR

(US$)

FSR

(US$)

FRA/A

(US$)

UNSR

(UGX)

UPHDS

(UGX)

UMSCS(US$)
Application 100 100 100 100 50,000 20,000 20,000
Monthly research 250 250 150 150 100,000 50,000
Report/security/security deposit 300 300 300 200,000 100,000

Note:

  • LTR– Long Term Researchers (beyond 3 years)
  • NFSR– Non Foreign Student Research
  • FSR– Foreign Student Research
  • FRA/V– Foreign Research Assistant/Volunteer
  • UNSR– Ugandan Non Student Researcher
  • UPhDS – Ugandan PhD Student
  • UMSCS– Uganda MSC Students

Other categories for researchers

Category Fees
Uganda research Assistants Free
Foreign research assistants/volunteers 50% of park’s entrance fees for 10 days
Foreign students on field short courses 50% OF Park entrance fee for 10 days

Note: Foreign students on short field courses have to be in possession of valid identity cards.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park fees can change any time and it is full responsibility of Uganda Wildlife Authority.

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