Uganda - budget reflection

Uganda - budget reflection

Now towards the end of the year, it is time to reflect upon our adventures, and the year did start amazing. Seeing gorillas in the wildlife was something I was hoping to do for a while and having found cheap flights we decided to do it. This was a great treat, that will never be forgotten.

This time, we decided to do the trip how we like it. In sub-Saharan Africa going minimal and basic is the most rewarding way to travel. So we packed our camping gear and caught our flight. Less than two hours after landing we were already on the long bus ride, and looking out of the window to get some through-the-window-peanuts. That mission was a success and nostalgia kicked in. We were back!

Though this time we were time constrained, we did travel slow (despite that first hectic day). Having no plan, apart from a gorilla trek proved to be the right choice. I could go on about how grand the experience with gorillas was and how grateful we were to able to be in their presence for that short hour but who wants to read about bragging (I'd rather do this in my book), you are here for the budget.

As I mentioned we camped, apart from few occasions where there were no official camping options. Camping in Uganda is not much cheaper if it is cheaper at all. Local rooms in small villages were most of the time cheaper. But to tell you the truth, there was a moment where we had a bed and I was debating sleeping on the floor instead. Regarding transport we took local buses, matatus (a van packed with as many people that could uncomfortably fit) and few taxis (motorcycle rides). The food varied; we ate fruits from local markets, street food such as rolex (omelet wrapped in a chapati), local food joints, Nkuruba lake lodge, but we mostly ate at our accommodation. We filtered water and drank beers on almost daily basis. As we do not normally repeat activities that we've done in other neighboring countries, we opted out from going on a game drive (safari). But we were lucky to see an elephant on one of our matatu ride, a hippos near our campsite, and abundant visits from different primates. However we did splurge on two activities that would bust most peoples budget; gorilla and chimp trek. We put those cost separately as not everyone would be able or want to afford these. Although the chimp trek was cheap.

Our estimated budget for 14 days in Uganda was 20.00 GBP per person per day, however the two big activities were not included in the estimation.


Sum per person including visa (USD 50 per person, BOTH)

Estimated total cost: 616.00 GBP

Actual cost:  507.73 GBP

Off budget: + 108.27 GBP

COST PER DAY (per person)

Estimated per day: 20.00 GBP (no visa needed)  MIXED BUDGET

Actual cost: 18.13 GBP MIXED BUDGET

Excluded activities from cost (per person, including tips)

Gorilla trek: 633.43 GBP

Chimp trek: 34.65 GBP