Uganda Wildlife Authority released new tariffs for different safari activities in Uganda including ,gorilla tracking permits from $700 to $800 ,chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park from $200 to $250 among others. The Uganda Wildlife Authority revised the costs of the permits to ensure the continued conservation of the chimps in Kibale and the gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park and the other areas of conservation of wildlife.

The change in the tariffs takes effect after 1st July 2023, and all trekking permits bought before this will not be affected by the change in the permit cost.

There are several reasons behind the increase in gorilla permit fees by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. One of the main reasons is to generate revenue for conservation efforts and protection of gorillas. The increased fees will enable the authority to allocate more resources towards anti-poaching measures, habitat restoration, and community development programs.

Another reason for the increase is to limit the number of tourists visiting the gorillas. Overcrowding can cause stress to these gentle giants and may even lead to disease transmission between humans and gorillas. By increasing the permit cost, they would be reducing the number of visitors who come in contact with the forest giants.

The increase in permit fees in other conservation areas is also aimed at promoting sustainable tourism practices. Tourists who come for the wildlife safari are likely to be more aware of their impact on wildlife and ecosystems. They are also more likely to support conservation initiatives and contribute towards sustainable development in local communities.