HOW MUCH IS A GORILLA PERMIT IN RWANDA
The Rwanda Development Board, on the 6 May 2017 announced an increase in the price of Gorilla Permits from US$ 750 to US $1,500 for all visitors. A new exclusive package for tourists who wish to book an entire family of gorillas was also introduced at US$ 15,000, and will receive exclusive personalized tour guide services.
Tourists who visit other national parks (Nyungwe and Akagera) for a minimum of three days, in addition to gorilla trekking will receive a discount of 30%. Similarly, conference tourists, who stay pre or post conference dates to see gorillas will be eligible for a 15% discount.
In line with Rwanda’s high-end tourism strategy, the price increase aims to strengthen conservation efforts and contribute more to the development of communities living around the Volcanoes National Park.
Along with the new tariff, the tourism revenue sharing rate for communities adjacent to the park, will also increase from 5% to 10%, which will quadruple the absolute revenues received by communities. Over the last 12 years, more than 400 community projects have been completed including hospitals, schools, business development centers and water supply systems to facilitate access to clean water. These projects directly benefit the people living around the parks.
“Gorilla trekking is a highly unique experience. the price of Gorilla permits was raised in order to ensure sustainability of conservation initiatives and enhance visitors’ experience. The Rwanda Government also want to make sure that the communities living near the park area receive a bigger share of tourism revenues to fund development projects and empower them economically.”
New, high-end lodges are opening in Musanze and plans are underway to improve visitors’ experience at Kinigi, including renovation of the information center to equip it with modern offices and tourism services such as conservation education, children’s learning space as well as digital facilities.
HOW MUCH IS A GORILLA PERMIT IN UGANDA
A gorilla permit is a document/card that is obtained from Rwanda Development Board in the case of Rwanda and Uganda Wildlife Authority for the case of Uganda to allow you spend one hour with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park respectively. Currently Rwanda gorilla permit costs USD1500.00 for Non residents. Uganda gorilla permits to visit mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga cost USD600.00 (Non residents) USD500.00 for Foreign Residents. Uganda offers discounted gorilla permits at USD450.00 in April May and November.