Rwanda Doubles the Price of Gorilla Permits

Rwanda has doubled the price of gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park starting from May 6th 2017. According to the Press Release from the Rwanda Development Board, the prices of a gorilla permit have been increased from USD750 to USD1500 per person, per trek. This change became effective “with immediate effect” as per the RDB announcement.

There has also been introduction of new packages for tourists interested in gorilla watching in the Volcanoes National Park. A new exclusive package for tourists who wish to book an entire family of gorillas was introduced at US$ 15,000! Tourists who opt out for this package will receive exclusive personalized tour guide services as per the RDB Website.

Discounted Gorilla Permits

Tourists who discover the other national parks in Rwanda will also receive a discount of 30% off the new price of gorilla permits. To qualify for this, tourists should have visited Akagera National Park or Nyungwe Forest National Park for a minimum of three days.

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

Why an Increament in Gorilla Trekking Prices?

Ms. Clare Akamanzi, the Chief Executive Officer at Rwanda Development Board said: “Gorilla trekking is a highly unique experience. We have raised the price of permits in order to ensure sustainability of conservation initiatives and enhance visitors’ experience. We also want to make sure that the communities living near the park area receive a bigger share of tourism revenues to fund development projects and empower them economically.”


Contribution of Tourism to Rwanda’s Economy

Tourism is one of the major economic sectors in Rwanda. Major tourist attraction in Rwanda includes Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden monkeys, Virunga Mountains, Lake Kivu and the tropical forest of Nyungwe.

Other tourist attractions include, Genocide memorial museum, National museums, Twin lakes, birds, bamboo forest among others.

Rwanda has three major national parks like Volcanoes national park, Nyungwe forest national park and Akagera national park.

Tourism in Rwanda generates foreign exchange- Rwanda government gets foreign exchange through selling Gorilla permits, Chimpanzee permits, and Golden monkey permits among others.

Rwanda tourism has led to creation of jobs to people. Some people are working in the parks as ranger guide, Tour guides, drivers, Security guard, others are working in Hotels and Lodges like Virunga Lodge, Sabyinyo Silver back lodge, Mountain gorilla View Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Kinigi Guest House, Muhabura Hotel among others.

Tourism has widens government tax base- the government taxes Hotel, Lodges, National parks, cultural centres like Iby’iwacu, National Museums among others. More so, safari vehicles pay for permits, park entry fees among others.

Tourism has supplemented other economic activities like Agriculture, mining, lumbering, Agro forestry and so on.

Rwanda Tourism has facilitated the development of social infrastructures like roads, health centers, and schools among others. Such are developed from the profits obtained from tourism.

Tourism has facilitated the reservation of wildlife. Wild animals and plants are reserved after the realization of their importance.

It has facilitated people earning – some people earn a living from tourism especially those employed in the sector.  Rangers, guides, guards and so on depend on tourism sector.

Tourism in Rwanda has facilitated research- some tourists come for field study. Experts are also employed to find ways of protecting wildlife.

It has created market to the products produced in Rwanda.  Tourists buy crafts, food, drinks among others.

It has led to the growth and development of Agricultural sector since all tourists eat while on their trips.

Tourism sector has made Rwanda famous worldwide. In other words, it as marketed Rwanda internationally- this is because of the large number of tourists who visit Rwanda for Gorilla trekking.

Creation of friendship – some people in Rwanda have befriended tourist while on their safaris. As tourists visit local community, the people get a chance to interact with the tourists and in the process, friendship is created.

Tourism has promoted education- students on field work are allowed to enter the park for studies.

Tourism sector has promoted culture – some museums are set up to keep the traditional equipment, hunting equipment among others.

Tourism has led to the development of once remote areas.  Areas of Nyungwe, Akagera and Musanze have developed because of tourist destination in those ends.