Rwanda’s Gorilla permit tariffs rise
Rwanda’s Gorilla permit tariffs rise; The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) on the 6th of May 2017 in Kigali announced an increase of the prices of the gorilla permits from 750 USD to 1,500 USD applying 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 family of the Gorillas at a price of 15,000 USD and it includes special personalized tour guide services. It should however be noted that this price increase shall not in any way affect those who already purchased their permits at the time of this announcement.
The need to strengthen the conservation efforts;
Rwanda’s Gorilla permit tariffs rise, so 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, as the Rwanda’s Gorilla permit tariffs rise, 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.
Rwanda’s Gorilla permit tariffs rise will in the same way cater to 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 completed including 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 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.”
Additionally, Rwanda’s Gorilla permit tariffs rise will highly inspire fresh high-end lodges which 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 habituated for tourism and research in Rwanda, up from just 9 families in the year 2010.
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