Gorilla tracking permit increases to US$1,500

The RDB yesterday made the following announcement:

The price of a Gorilla Tracking Permit will increase from US$750 to US$1,500 for all visitors, effective immediately 6 May 2017. The price increase will not affect tourists who had already purchased their tickets prior to this announcement.

A new exclusive package for tourists who wish to book an entire family of gorillas and to receive exclusive personalised tour guide services has been introduced at US$15,000.

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%.

Conference tourists, who stay pre or post conference dates to see gorillas will be eligible for a 15% discount.

For further details, see http://www.rdb.rw/home/newsdetails/article/increase-of-gorilla-permit-tariffs.html



3 thoughts on “Gorilla tracking permit increases to US$1,500

  1. Maria says:

    Wow…..is such a hike justifiable??! I have read the supporting articles and think not.
    Thank you to Bradt guide for providing this update service.
    I have been budgeting for this trip using the old price $750 – I no longer feel that I want to pay the massive hike and therefore will look at more reasonably priced alternative travel experiences. 😦

    • philipbriggs says:

      Hi Maria, just wanted to point out that gorilla tracking in Uganda is still US$600, and it is even cheaper in DRC (US$400 from memory) – both quite straightforward options crossing from Rwanda. Cheers, Philip

      • Maria says:

        Hi Philip, I just came off the phone having spoken to a tour operator (from your travel guide) and decided, due to the additional costs following the Rwanda price hike, that I won’t do the Rwanda trip.
        Thank you for the other 2 options given – I will look into these as alternatives. Cheers Maria

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