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What’s the cost of a Uganda Safari?

The fact that Uganda safaris have presently become a priority for most travelers coming for holidays in Africa, a breakdown of Uganda safari costs is a commonly asked question by most travelers intending to visit the pearl of Africa. Well, there is no specific cost of all Uganda safaris but it all depends on various factors.

The pearl of Africa offers you an unlimited choice of exceptional tourist activities and attractions which all call for a different cost but offering you a memorable experience. The beautiful landscapes, endangered wild animals, birds, hospitable people, conducive weather and peace in Uganda make this small country a first stop center for all African Safaris. Interestingly Hail Tours Uganda at your service. We offer you a Uganda tour packages suitable to meet and satisfy your travel time and budget. The top visited attractions in Uganda include mountain gorillas, chimpanzee, big game, local cultures, local cuisine, birds, mountains, lakes and historical sites among others. The cost of Uganda safaris is determined by e the following factors:

Tourist activities in the itinerary

Your Uganda safari cost will depend on which tourist activities you intend to do. Some activities are undeniably expensive than the others hence calling for a high cost. Are you planning on mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, your cost will definitely be high. Gorilla trekking is so far the most expensive tourist activity in Uganda costing $700 since July 2020 for a single gorilla permit. You must, therefore, put a site the $700 for only a permit exclusive of other costs. If you want to go for chimpanzee trekking, the adventure calls for $200, lion tracking costs $50, Batwa cultural trail costs $80, golden monkey trekking costs $100 while entrance fees to all savannah parks (Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Valley, Lake Mburo National park and Semuliki Valley National parks is $40. Therefore, the cost of your trip will depend on the kind of activities in your travel itinerary. All activity costs and park entrance fees are set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), a government body responsible for tourism and wildlife conservation in the pearl of Africa. More so, the money for all activities is paid to UWA and is used to support conservation protects and promote more tourism products in Uganda.

Travel operator’s markup

Besides buying permits and paying park entrance fees, you must pay a travel operator who helps arrange the trip. Each travel operator will charge you differently depending on his or her own way of working. Therefore, different travel operators charge differently for the same trip. Hail Tours Uganda will offer you a memorable safari experience at affordable and negotiable rates without compromising the quality of the service.

The choice of accommodation

Besides the activities, your Uganda safari cost will also depend on your choice of accommodations. Accommodation in Uganda is categorized as Luxury, mid-range and budget each calling for a different costing. Luxury accommodations are the upmarket and expensive choice for luxury travelers; mid-range calls for a medium amount while the budget is the cheapest suitable for low-income earners. Interestingly each tourist destinations in Uganda has both luxuries, mid-range and budget choice of accommodation for you to book the one suitable for your budget. All accommodation categories offer classic food and sleeping services. A team of experienced and hospitable staff at these lodges/ hotels works together to ensure quality and timely service delivery system

Length of the Uganda safari

The longer the trip, the higher the cost. It’s definite that a trip of many days will cost higher compared to a trip of 1 or 2 Days holding other factors constant. Obviously, a longer trip will entail numerous tourist activities and attractions each paid for. Also, long safaris require different accommodation services at a cost.

Number of people on a safari

Group tours are generally cheap compared to private tours. Travelers in a group share costs of accommodation and transport unlike in a private trip where a solo traveler will pay all bills alone. Also, groups call for discounted room services in lodges/hotels, which is not a case with private tours. Your Uganda safari cost will, therefore, be high or low depending on the number of people you will be traveling with.

Cost of transport

While on a Uganda safari, a traveler will always need a means of transport. Normally the local tour operators offer 4×4 safari car to their clients. The car hire expenses come with a safari guide and fuel expenses as well. The transport cost varies with the type of car a traveler wishes to travel by. For example, a 4×4 safari land cruiser modified is costly than a Toyota Prado or van and also their fuel consumption differs. For the case of the guide the cost can be standard across all tour operators.

En Route meals

Most of the tourist destinations in Uganda are located far away from the capital Kampala which is the startup point for most safaris in Uganda. When tourists are traveling to these destinations, they always need to grab something to eat or a meal of the day. The meal time may find them on the way so they need to stopover and get to the nearby restaurant to get rid of the hunger. The expenses of these meals are always included in the costing of a Uganda safari. It is important to note that the other meals while at any national park are always quoted with the accommodation rates. Most of the lodges and hotels in Uganda always offer their clients bed and meals incorporated in the same rate.

Tipping and Souvenirs

Well established tour operators always include the tip offs given by tourists to service personnel like tour guides, waiters and housekeepers that serve them on the trip in the costing of the package. Also most tourists wish to buy cultural/traditional curios to take back home. Some of the tour operators quote cost of the souvenirs in the general Quotation of the Uganda safari. So when the tourist wishes to buy particular curios, the tour guide representing the company does the pay for it.

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