New Rwanda gorilla permits price & availability – Volcanoes National park gorilla permits at $1500
New Rwanda gorilla permits price & availability – Rwanda’s gorilla permits have been sold at USD 750 per gorilla permit before May 2017 when the Rwanda development board announced the increase of Rwanda gorilla permits to USD 1500 per gorilla permit.
Why did Rwanda increase the gorilla permits from USD 750- USD 1500?
The Rwanda Development Board announced the increase in the price of Gorilla Permits from US$ 750 to US $1,500 for all visitors effective immediately on May 6th 2017. A new exclusive package for tourists who wish to book an entire family of gorillas was also introduced at US$ 15,000, and will receive exclusive personalized tour guide services.
Sustainability of conservation initiatives.
Rwanda Development Board said: gorilla tracking is a highly unique experience. Rwanda development board raised the price of permits in order to ensure sustainability of conservation initiatives and enhance visitors’ experience.
Increase in community revenue sharing.
Rwanda development board wanted 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.
Encourage tourist to visit multiple destinations in Rwanda.
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.
High end tourism destination strategy.
New Rwanda gorilla permits price & availability – 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 centres and water supply systems to facilitate access to clean water. These projects directly benefit the people living around the parks.
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.
Endangered mountain gorillas.
Mountain gorillas are an endangered species with only around 1080 remaining in the world. Of those in in the Virunga Massif, Rwanda accounts for 62% of the gorilla population. Stringent conservation measures have significantly contributed to a rise in gorilla numbers. There are currently 20 families habituated for tourism and research in Rwanda, up from just 9 families in 2010.
New Rwanda gorilla permit price.
Currently Rwandan gorilla permits are at USD 1500 per permit for one hour viewing of mountain gorillas.
Best time to visit Rwanda for safaris.
Rwanda can be visited all year round but the best months for safari are the dry months of the year which are usually from June-early September and from December-February which sees the country receive low rain fall except months of March-May and mid-September-November.