Rwanda’s gorilla permits have been at USD 750per gorilla permit per trek before May 2017 when the Rwanda development board announced an increase of Rwanda gorilla permits to USD 1500 per gorilla permit.
the Rwandan development board announced the change and increase in the price of gorilla permits from USD 750 to USD 1500 for all visitors effective May 6th, 2017.
a new exclusive package for travelers that wish to book an entire family of gorillas was introduced at USD 1500 and will have an exclusive personalized tour guide service.
Sustainability of conservation projects
The Rwanda development board wrote: Gorilla tracking is a highly outstanding experience, the board increased the prices of permits in order to ensure the sustainability of conservation initiatives and enrich tourist’s experience.
Increase in community revenue sharing
The board wanted to make sure that the communities staying close and around the parking area obtain a large share of tourism revenue to finance their development projects and empower them economically.
Inspirit the tourists by exploring various tourism destinations in Rwanda.
Tourists who visit other national parks in Rwanda(Akagera and Nyungwe) for at least three days, more likely; conference tourists who stay pre or post-conference dates to see gorillas, will be qualifying for a 15% discount.
High-end tourism destination strategy
New Rwanda gorilla permit prices and availability I line with Rwanda’s high-end tourism strategy, the price increase looks to strengthen conservation efforts and contribute more to the improvement of areas close to and around volcanoes’ national parks.
Along with the new impost, the tourism revenue sharing rate for communities close to the park also increases from 5% to 10% which quadruple the revenues given to the communities in the concluded 12 years roughly two community projects have been accomplished including schools, hospitals, business development centers, and clean water supply systems, all this purposely benefits people stay around the parks.
New premium lodges and hotels are opening in Musanze and plans to add value to the visitors’ experience at Kinigi are underway encompassing the renovation of the information center to materialize it with modern offices and tourism services such as children’s learning center and conservation education not forgetting digital facilities.
Endangered mountain gorillas
Mountain gorillas are endangered species with roughly 1080 left in the world of those in the Virunga massif. Rwanda has 62% of the gorilla population. Tough conservation measures have gradually led to the increase of gorillas. There are currently 20 habituated gorilla families ready for tourism and research in Rwanda, increasing from only 9 families in the year 2010.
New Rwanda gorilla permit price
Of now Rwandan gorilla permits are at USD 1500 per permit for one-hour viewing mountain gorillas. Best time to visit Rwanda for safaris.