Is Mountain Gorilla Trekking Worth the Money?
Is Mountain Gorilla Trekking Worth the Money? Mountain gorillas are endemic to only three countries of Africa and to see them one has to go gorilla trekking after the purchase of a gorilla permit. Gorilla permits are expensive and many wonder whether mountain gorilla trekking is worth the money.
A gorilla trekking permit is a pass or document that allows tourists to have a one-hour interaction with a single mountain gorilla family. A permit should be purchased before a tourist thinks of packing their bags and going for a Rwanda gorilla tour or gorilla safari in Uganda at least 3 months in advance.
Costs For Mountain Gorilla Trekking in East Africa
Cost of a gorilla permit in Uganda: A Uganda gorilla trekking permit costs US$ 700 for foreign nonresidents, US$ 600 for foreign residents, and UGX 250,000 for East African citizens.
Note that the cost of a gorilla trekking permit isn’t the final cost of the gorilla safari, the total cost of the safari depends on other factors like the type of accommodation, transport, meals, drinks and any other purchases of the personal kind.
Cost of a Rwanda gorilla permit: In Rwanda, a gorilla trekking permit costs US$ 1500 (However, from 17th June 2020 to 31st December foreigners residing in Rwanda can purchase discounted permits at US$ 500 and the nation of Rwanda and the ones of the East African Community that live in Rwanda can purchase discounted permits at US$ 200).
The cost of each gorilla trekking permit is for individuals above 15 years of age allowing them to spend a maximum of one hour watching the mountain gorilla family. Travelers in many cases ask why gorilla trekking permits are expensive and are the gorilla trekking permit price worth it? Here is what makes the gorilla permits expensive and worth every single penny;
Gorilla conservation is such a costly investment with the need to pay for conservationists, rangers, doctors, and anyone who contributes to the wellbeing 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, 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, park management contributes to the community by helping with the 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 the world over, there is a need to control the number of people visiting the mountain gorillas.
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.
Still, wondering whether the gorilla trekking permit cost is worth it? The answer is YES, the cost is truly worth it with many past travelers reviewing the experience as unforgettable, magical, and life-changing.
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