In line with Rwanda’s high-end tourism strategy to strengthen conservation efforts and further contribute to the development of communities living around the Volcanoes National Park, the Rwanda Development Board has announced an increase in the price of Gorilla Permits from $750 to $1, 500 for all tourists.
A new exclusive package to view an entire family of gorillas has been introduced at $15,000 with the added value of exclusive personalized tour guide services.
“Gorilla trekking is a highly unique experience. We have raised the price of permits in order to ensure sustainability of conservation initiatives and enhance visitors’ experience,” Claire Akamanzi, CEO, Rwanda Development Board noted.
With reportedly 880 remaining in the world, mountain gorillas are an endangered species. Of those, in the Virunga Massif, Rwanda account for 62 per cent of the gorilla population.
Stringent conservation measures have significantly contributed to the rise in gorilla numbers in Rwanda. There are currently 20 gorilla families habituated for tourism and research in the country, up from only 9 families in 2010.
The increased revenue will also be used to fund projects for communities living near park areas to empower them economically.
More than 400 community projects including hospitals, schools, business development centres and water supply systems to facilitate access to clean water have been completed for their benefit over the last 12 years.
The price increase will not affect tourists who had already purchased their tickets before the announced changes.
Tourists who visit Nyungwe and Akagera national parks for a minimum three days in addition to gorilla trekking will receive a discount of 30 per cent while conference tourists who stay pre or post conference dates to see gorillas will get 15 per cent off.
The increase in the price of Gorilla Permits was effected on 6 May 2017.