Update on Rwanda Gorilla Permit increase

February 6, 2012

Gorilla, RwandaTen days ago we reported the news that the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) were proposing an increase of 50% to gorilla tracking permits for Volcanoes National Park. The announcement led to an outcry among local tour operators in Rwanda, and RDB revised their press statement several times, in an effort to placate the travel sector and clarify various details of the price increase. Finally, on Friday, we received an updated statement which confirmed some key terms and conditions in the implementation of the price rise. The deadline for booking permits at the old rate has been extended – but for travel in 2012 only. The following is the updated position from RDB:

1. Gorilla permits for tracking in Rwanda before the end of 2012 can be bought at the current rate of $500 per permit if booked and paid for in full by the end of May 2012.

2. All Rwanda gorilla tracking permits purchased after 1st June 2012 will be priced at $750.

3. Permits for tracking gorillas from 1st January 2013 onwards will be priced at $750 regardless of when they have been deposited.

We will be increasing the price of all tours that track gorillas in Rwanda after 1st June 2012 accordingly, but we do plan to release details of an Early Bird promotion for safaris booked and deposited with us by 15th May. Stay tuned for more information.

Posted by Anne-Marie Weeden

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