Rwanda to increase gorilla permits to $750

January 27, 2012

Mountain Gorillas in RwandaEarlier this week, the Rwanda Development Board announced their intention to increase gorilla tracking permits for Volcanoes National Park from the current price of $500 per permit to $750 (US Dollars), effective 1st June 2012. For a few days, local tour operators in East Africa have been in uproar and confusion as the RDB sought to firm up details of the price increase. Some of the small print has yet to be confirmed, but a recent update from the CEO of the RDB, Mr John Gara, means we can now clarify more details of the decision:

  • All new gorilla tracking permits for Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, will be priced at $750 for tracking from 1st June 2012
  • For any permits already booked and deposited for tracking after this date, tour operators can ‘top up’ and clear the balance by 15th March 2012 in order to benefit from the old $500 rate
  • After the 15th March, any permits already booked and deposited must be topped up in full to the new $750 rate
  • Until deposit details and top up deadlines for the new permit rate have been agreed, no new permits are being currently booked for tracking after 1st June
  • These final details are due to be announced on Monday 30th January

According to the RDB, the increased revenue from the permits will help sustain a growing need to protect these endangered primates and their natural habitat. Today, Volcanoes National Park has 10 habituated gorilla families used for tracking by up to eight visitors per group per day – almost double what it was 5 years ago.

Any clients with prior bookings in Rwanda from 1st June 2012 will be contacted directly by our Tour Consultants in due course. In the meantime, we would like to reassure clients that as long they have paid deposits for their booking as per our standard terms & conditions we will settle any permit balance payments in time to avoid any incremental charges.


Posted by Anne-Marie Weeden


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