The 10 National Parks of Uganda
Great news update!
The Ugandan Wildlife Authority UWA offers BIG discounts up to June 30th, 2021:
- Gorilla tracking permits will go for $400/per person (instead of $700/pp!).
- Chimpanzee tracking permits will go for $150/per person (instead of $200/pp!).
- Moreover, park permit fees are discounted with 50% up to the 30th of June as well.
In this section, you find practical information about park entrance fees in Uganda. Inspiration about what to see and do in the Top 10 National Parks of Uganda can be found in our Uganda Travel Guide.
How much are the park fees in Uganda?
Park fees per person / 24 hours are as follows:
- USD 40 for non-residents
- USD 30 for foreign residents
- UGX 15,000 for East African Citizens (in case you go with a driver, that is the rate you will pay for him)
- Entrance fee for your roadtrip rental vehicle is UGX 30,000 per (multiple) day visit.
Park fees for Kidepo, Semuliki, Mount Elgon and Mount Rwenzori are slightly cheaper at USD 35 / USD 25 and UGX 10,000.
You simply buy your entrance permit at any park gate. You can pay in cash, either US Dollars or Ugandan Shillings. When you go gorilla or chimp trekking in Bwindi or Kibale Forest national parks, the park entrance fee is included in your trekking permit.
Organise your game drive
Some tips to make the most out of your self-drive safari in Uganda:
- Get yourself an UWA Ranger as a guide. You can arrange it on the spot at the park entrance or headquarters. Although you can easily do a game drive by yourself, these rangers know every corner of the parks and can lead you to the best places to spot predators. The costs for a ranger are $20 for a morning or afternoon. A tip of around $10 is highly appreciated though.
- Go bush camping. You can arrange your bush camping permit at the park entrance, and they cover a ranger who will show you the area and accompany you in the night. Murchison Falls National Park is particularly a wonderful place to go bush camping. The price includes night and morning game drives with a knowledgeable ranger.
- The early bird bird catches the worm - wake up early. You will increase your chances of spotting hyenas, lions, leopards and other wildlife if you’re among the first in the park (7 AM).
- Take it slowly, max 25 km/h.
- Build in some variation in your itineary. If you drive from one safari park to the next, you are spending a lot of time in your car, either traveling to your next destination or game driving. Allow for activities to stretch your legs, such as walking, hiking, cycling our strolling around in villages. Check our Guide on best hikes in Uganda for inspiration.
- Respect the animals, especially the buffalo and elephant. Lone buffaloes are aggressive and easily annoyed. Elephants are extremely protective of their young. Always be alert and drive as if you would expect animals around the corner. Never try to drive towards elephants intentionally. Heavy ear flapping, trumping and bluff charging are signs that the elephant is a bit pissed off by your company. When you encounter an elephant on the road, do the following: make sure you have an escape route in mind (reverse), always leave your engine running, stay calm, keep your voices down and most of all - enjoy the experience!