Uganda Park Fees

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA: ooh-wa) is the body responsible for all national parks and wildlife reserves in Uganda. Tel:  256 312 355 000 and email:  info@ugandawildlife.org

The prices are taken from the UWA tariff applicable for the 12 month period between July 2020 and June 2022.

Visitation fees for UWA-protected areas fall into three categories.

Category A:

Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi impenetrable, Mgahinga Gorilla, Lake Mburo, Kibale and Kidepo Valley national parks are classed as Category A.

Entrance for foreign non-residents costs US$40 and foreign residents $30

Children aged five to 15 years pay US$20.

East African nationals pay Ush 20,000.

Category B:

Rwenzori Mountains, Semuliki and Mount Elgon national parks and Tooro Semliki, Katonga and Pian Upe wildlife reserves are classed as Category B.

Non-residents pay US$35 and residents pay $25

Children aged five to 15 years pay US$5. Under-fives enter all protected areas for free.

East African nationals Ush15,000

Category C:

All other Reserves including:- Ajai, Bokora, Bugungu, East Madi, Kabwoya, Karuma, Kigezi, Kyambura, Matheniko are classed as category C:

Non-residents pay US$10 and residents pay $5

East African nationals Ush2,500

Entrance permits are included in the price for certain special activities such as mountaineering on the Rwenzori, Mgahinga, and Mount Elgon, gorilla tracking in Bwindi and Mgahinga, golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga and the Kibale chimpanzee tracking and habituation experience.

In Mount Elgon National Park and Mgahinga National Park, a daily mountaineering fee of US$50 for both foreign residents and non-residents and Ush50,000 for east African citizens includes fees for park entrance and ranger/escort. On Mount Elgon, where trips usually take several days, this fee does not include camping or the cost of a porter.

On the Rwenzori Mountains, you pay a mountaineering fee of US$50 for both foreign residents and non-residents and Ush50,000 for east African citizens. Other fees are contained within the rates for packages operated by Rwenzori Trekking Services and Rwenzori Mountaineering Services. Accommodation charges for units operated by the UWA vary widely from US$5 to US$ 15 per person depending on the standard of accommodation and whether they are sharing.

Camping at all UWA public campsites costs US$40 for category A, US$30 for category B and Ush20,000 for category C.

The services of a ranger/guide for game drives costs US$20 per vehicle for day game drives but US$30 per person for night drives. Only pre-registered vehicles will undertake night game drives. Use of UWA guides is mandatory for night game drive

Most guided walks cost US$30/40 per person for a day or night, the most glaring exceptions are for primate tracking.

The popular gorilla tracking excursions in Bwindi, which must normally be booked well in advance through the UWA headquarters in Kampala, cost US$700/$600/UGX250,000 for non-residents, foreign residents or east African citizens respectively.

The same visitor categories pay US$$200/$150/Ush150,000 for chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park, end US$50/$50/Ush30,000 in Kyambura Gorge (QENP) and US$30/30/Ush20,000 in Semliki \Wildlife Reserve.

Chimp Habituation Experience (CHEX), considerably a much entertaining excursion that chimpanzee tracking costs USD$250 for both foreign non residents and East African residents and Ush 250,000 for East African nationals.

Gorilla Habituation Experience, where you are allowed to spend more hours with doctors and researchers following gorillas in the jungle, costs USD$1,500 for non residents and US$1000 for residents and Ush 750 for east african nationals.

Residents of east Africa can buy a special pass allowing them free entrance to all national parks for a year at US$350 for one person, US$500 for a couple or US$700 for a family with up to four children aged 15 or younger.

It has always been possible to pay visitation and other UWA fees (including gorilla tracking) in local currency and in recent years this has been the best way to pay, aside from the hassle of carrying large numbers of small-denomination US dollar bills. Note that while the UWA only accepts US$100 bills issued during or since 1997, they use a conversion rate lower than you’ll get in Kampala, so the double conversion generally works in your favor.

In addition to personal entrance fees, private 4×4 vehicles pay an entrance fee of US$15 for Ugandan registrations and US$150 for foreign vehicles. Ugandan saloon cars pay US$10/Ush20,000, and foreign ones US$40.

Note that though parking is provided, vehicle entrance fees are not levied for forested national parks such as Kibale and Mgahinga.

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