Uganda is one of the affordable gorilla trekking destinations in Africa but make no mistake of expecting luxury when you backpacking in Uganda. Looking at how much you can expect to spend while on safari in Uganda on either budget, or luxury travel, nothing will break your bank from accommodation, food, transport and tour adventures. Uganda is a safe cheap travel destination where you can spend weeks and get surprised with your total expenditure. This is because most hostels are cheap, guest houses and hotels affordable giving you room to relax in comfort at cheap rates.
Backpacking in Uganda
If backpacking in Uganda, the total cost per day with in the city centre Kampala can be only $30 or $50 including all meals and accommodation in a hostel. This amount matches many budgets for backpacker travelers in Africa making Uganda one of the best travel destinations on their bucket list. Those interested in tracking mountain gorillas, Bwindi forest gorilla permits are cheap and affordable at only $600 a fee that include spending time with gorillas for 1 hour, gorilla trekking certificate, Park entrance and gorilla conservation. The time is now to join the gorilla conservation struggle by tracking mountain gorillas in either Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga National Park. Where else would you see mountain gorillas at a cheap price than Uganda?.Rwanda Gorilla permits are up to high for budget travelers since one Rwanda gorilla permit go for $1500 the cost of a 3 day Uganda gorilla trekking tour for high season months and cost less if done in a group, backpacking and low season months of April May and November. That said, regardless of your budget, whether it be high or low something you can decide while booking your Uganda gorilla trekking tour.
Accommodation in Uganda
Uganda has all kinds of accommodations for all budgets including hostels, hotels, guesthouses, campsites and lodges. The choice depends on how much you ready to spend per night and the availability of space in the accommodation premise of your choice. You may find what suits your needs in a hotel hostel or guest house. Generally hostels in Uganda run around $8-$15 for a dorm bed upwards to $30,Budget hotels cost $20-$100,Mid range lodges $150-$250 and Luxury accommodations from $300-$1000.However, most prices are for Bed and breakfast but they also offer Full board services depending on your booking arrangement. Hostels in Uganda include Fatcats, redchill, Kampala backpackers etc. Hotels include Holiday Express, Tourist Hotel, Africana, Sheraton ,Serena,Casia lodge, Grand Imperial ,Botanical hotels,Imperial Royal among others.
Transportation in Uganda
There is much public transport in Uganda, car hire services and private travel for those who book private tailor made Uganda safari tours. Car hire in Uganda range from $40-$150 per day depending on the type of vehicle. The car hire price excludes fuel and driver though some tourists prefer exploring the country on self drive. For those looking at backpacking in Uganda, Uganda has a decent bus system used by both locals and foreign tourists depending on where one is heading. Domestic bus travel is reasonable and cheap between major centers, and is a good choice for backpackers with time, but may not run reliably on schedule.
Don’t expect luxury comfort of a private vehicle but at least you get the comfort like any other passenger. A trip from Kampala to Bwindi forest takes about 8-9hours but don’t be surprised if you spend more 2 hours on board. Buses do not run on fixed schedules; rather, they leave their terminal stop when they are completely full so patience is required when you chose bust travel for your uganda backing trip.Link Bus Services have buses going to and from Kampala to Fort Portal, Kasese, Hoima, Masindi, Masaka.Post bus Uganda has big red 67 seat buses going to 1. Gulu, 2. Kabale via Masaka and Mbarara. 3. kisoro via Masaka and Mbarara and Kabale. 4. Lira via Jinja and Mbale. 5. Kitgum via Gula ,Bismarkan,Jaguar among others.