What is the current cost of gorilla permits Uganda & Rwanda

The current cost of gorilla permits in Uganda and Rwanda has changed amidst the cornavirus and closure of gorilla parks. Recently Uganda and Rwanda have re opened to domestic tourists following closure of all parks amidst the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Rwanda opened Volcanoes National Park for domestic tourists on discounted permits and foreign tourists who can arrive to the country by charter flight. Uganda on the other hand still has her gorilla trekking parks of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park still closed, however, by the time the parks will open there will be changes in price of gorilla permits.

Currently from June to 31st December, gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda will cost US$ 200 for all citizens of Rwanda and those from the East African community residing in Rwanda. Foreign residents in Rwanda can now purchase a permit at US$ 500 and foreign residents will purchase the permit at US$ 1500. Before the reopening of the park to tourists, all individuals interested in Rwanda gorilla tours, purchased a permit at US$ 1500.

In Uganda, effective 1st July 2020 foreign non residents will require US$ 700 for a permit, US$ 600 for foreign residents and East African Citizens UGX 250,000. This was increased from US$ 600 for foreign non residents and US$ 500 for foreign residents. After the parks are opened, we shall communicate in case of any discounts.

Why are Gorilla Permits Expensive?

Gorilla trekking is undoubtedly one of the expensive activities on an African safari. With the cost of a gorilla trekking permit is perceived as very expensive and here is why

Gorilla conservation is such a costly investment with need to pay for conservationists, rangers, doctors, and anyone who contributes to the well being of the gorillas. The survival of mountain gorillas is much dependent on conservation efforts which makes it expensive. The cost of keeping the mountain gorillas is high and this makes the total cost of each permit expensive. However, with the fact that a part of the gorilla trekking permit cost goes towards conservation makes it all worth it.

Gorilla trekking permit funds contribute to the development of the surrounding communities. The communities living around the park depended on the forests for survival and due to conservation efforts they were forced to live outside the forest. Therefore, the park management contributes to the community by helping with construction of infrastructure, schools and health facilities. With proceeds from your permit being of help to the communities it makes it all worth it.

Only three countries in the world are home to mountain gorillas and this makes the demand for gorilla trekking permits high. With the high demand for gorilla trekking permits world over, there is need to control the number of people visiting the mountain gorillas. The mountain gorillas live in their natural habitat and to see them, an individual has to go for Uganda gorilla safaris, Rwanda gorilla safaris or gorilla trekking in Congo. In a bid to protect and conserve the mountain gorilla habitat, each permit is sold at a higher price to minimize how many people get to the forests each day.

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