Join CTPH and Dr. Gladys on a once in a lifetime trek to see the endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi

  • Break trail through the jungle to track a single family of mountain gorillas
  • Trek with a Uganda’s most knowledgeable guides, including Dr. Gladys
  • Spend an hour mere feet from a family of mountain gorillas
  • Accommodation & meals included at CTPH Gorilla Conservation Camp on the edge of Bwindi
  • Transport and park entrance fees can be arranged for you in advance on request.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda – your intimate experience

For many visitors, trekking the magnificent mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the experience of a lifetime. A gorilla trek with CTPH offers travelers the chance to experience the mountain gorillas up close with one of Africa’s premier primatologists.


Tracking Gorillas with Dr.Gladys is a rewarding experience. Depending on how far the gorilla night nests are from the gorillas, this can sometimes include visiting the gorilla night nests and collecting fecal samples, which are later analyzed at the Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Centre. Alternatively, you may find yourself standing mere feet away  from a family of mountain gorillas going through their daily grooming rituals. No matter the experience, the bucket list item of gorilla tracking in Uganda with CTPH will be one you never forget.  Visitors must keep a distance of not less than 10 meters away from gorillas.

Gorilla tracking costs

Intimate Gorilla Experience & tracking led by Dr. Gladys Kalema Zikusoka $2,452*
Tracking with any other member of CTPH staff $500
Gorilla permit processing fees $100
Behinds the scenes tour of the Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Center with Power Point Presentation $250

For more information about gorilla trekking fees and park regulations, click here.


*Tracking gorillas with Dr. Gladys costs $1000 per group, including guiding and accommodation in Buhoma. This does not include her return ticket with Aerolink Uganda for travel to and from Bwindi ($452). Please note that it is possible for clients to track gorillas with other members of the CTPH staff.

Please note that starting July 2020 to June 2022, Gorilla permit fees will change as below:

  1. Foreign Non Residents $700
  2. Foreign Residents $600
  3. East Africans  UGX 250,000

Gorilla Habituation experience $1,500, $1000 and UGX 750,000 for the categories listed above. Rates include, guide fee, park entrance fees for the day and community development contribution.

Please other changes in rates here .

*Please note that gorilla permits are subject to availability on the date and time of booking. Booking in advance is advised. 

Accommodation during your intimate gorilla experience

Accommodation and meals are included in the cost of all CTPH gorilla trekking trips. Trekkers are lodged and fed at the CTPH Gorilla Conservation Camp in Buhoma. The camp is Bwindi’s only budget option offering accommodation on the edge of the beautiful Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a stunning panoramic view of the top of the forest. 100% of camp proceeds go toward protecting the gorillas and the health of the surrounding communities.


For more information about accommodation at the camp, or to learn more about reservations outside of our gorilla trekking tours, click here.

Gorilla Permit Cost

Foreign Non-Residents $600 ( Increased to $700 starting July 2020)
Foreign Residents $500 (Increased to $600 starting July 2020)
East Africans $70 (Equivalent of UGX 250,000)

*Gorilla permit processing fees $100

Getting to Bwindi for your gorilla tracking experience

Aerolink Uganda, fly from Entebbe to Kihihi – contact us to check for days of flying and times. You will then need to get a car from there to Buhoma (pick and drop costs $150).

Car hire: Travel to Bwindi by road take 10-11 hours. Hiring a car with a guide is another advised means of transport to travel to Bwindi.

You can take the bus from Kisenyi Bus terminal in Kampala to Buhoma which leaves Kampala daily at 5:30 am (although you will need to arrive at 5 am to sort your ticket and seat). Two bus companies Highway Coach and Star link bus travel directly to Buhoma-Bwindi daily. If you miss on these two, there are other buses that can take you up to Kihihi town or Butogota. We can then arrange a pick up at an extra cost from the bus station to the camp. Please note that while travelling in these buses, you are advised to take care or move with some of your luggage all the time especially laptops, mobile phones, Money among others.