An increase on the Gorilla permit tariffs in Rwanda
Rwanda’s Gorilla permit tariffs rise; Rwanda Development Board (RDB) on 6th of May 2017 in Kigali announced the Gorilla permit tariffs rise in Rwanda. The increase of the prices of the gorilla permits from 750 USD to 1,500 USD is applyin
g to all the visitors immediately without any delay. There is also a freshly introduced Gorilla package which is exclusive and it allows booking the entire Gorilla family. This goes for 15,000 USD and it includes special personalized tour guide services. This price increase shall not affect those who already purchased their permits at the time of this announcement.
All the tourists that will visit other National Parks in Rwanda, say Nyungwe and Akagera for a minimum of three days in addition to gorilla trekking will receive a discounted permit of 30%. In the same way conference tourists, those who stay pre or post conference dates just to trek the Gorillas will be entitled to a 15% discount. This price increase was highly aimed at the need to strengthen the conservation efforts and contribute more to the development of the local communities living around the Volcanoes National Park, the home of the Gorillas just falling in the same line with the Rwanda’s high-end tourism strategy.
Along with the new tariffs, the tourism revenue sharing rate for communities neighboring the park, will also increase from 5% to 10%, which will multiply the absolute revenues received by the local communities. Over the last 12 years, more than 400 community projects have been put in place. These include hospitals, schools, water supply systems to facilitate clean water and business development centers. These are all good projects and they directly benefit people living adjacent to the National Park.
In her own words Ms. Clare Akamanzi, the Chief Executive Officer at Rwanda Development Board (RDB) 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 want to make sure that the communities living near the park area receive a bigger share of tourism revenues. This will help them fund development projects and empower them economically.”
Additionally, fresh high-end lodges are opening in Musanze area and all plans are ongoing just to improve the visitor experiences in Kinigi, improvements include renovation of the information center to equip it with modern offices and tourism services such as conservation education, children’s learning space as well as digital facilities.
Mountain gorillas (gorilla beringei beringei) are an endangered and scarce species with only around 880 remaining in the whole world. Of those in the Virunga Massif, Rwanda accounts for 62% of the gorilla population. Strict conservation measures have significantly contributed to a rise in gorilla numbers. There are currently 20 families under habituation for tourism and research in Rwanda. These rose up from just 9 families in the year 2010.
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