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Rwanda doubles the price of Gorilla Permits

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Effective immediately, the Rwandan government has raised the per-day tariff for gorilla trekking from USD$750/person/day, to USD$1,500/person/day, with 30% discounts for anyone visiting either of the Rwanda’s other national parks (Akagera and Nyungwe), along with 15% discounts for MICE attendees doing pre-/post- tours.

Since the programme’s inception in the 90s, gorilla trekking receipts have funded 400+ projects in communities in and around Volcanoes National Park (home to 62% of the world’s remaining 880 mountain gorillas) – with the obvious benefit, that unlike in neighbouring DR Congo, there’s zero incentive for local poaching – as gorilla tourism has created clean water, schools, hospitals and small business co-ops in local communities.

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While prices have doubled, anyone already booked won’t be affected. And with gorilla trekking already one of the most premium, and arguably well-worth-it wildlife experiences in the world – based on the Rwandan government’s own projections, this will allow them to quadruple investment in local community projects over the next decade. For many travellers, this will ultimately justify the additional cost – which when you think about it – is all relative, given that you’re paying to both witness first-hand, and help save the last few members of the most endangered primate species on earth.

 

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