RDB news – Rwanda – 2017

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BEST PRICES Mountain Gorilla permits at this moment:

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Kigali, 6 May 2017 – The Rwanda Development Board today announced an increase in the price of Gorilla Permits from US$ 750 to US $1,500 for all visitors effective immediately. A new exclusive package for tourists who wish to book an entire family of gorillas was also introduced at US$ 15,000, and will receive exclusive personalized tour guide services.

The price increase will not affect tourists who had already purchased their tickets at the time of this announcement.

Tourists who visit other national parks (Nyungwe and Akagera) for a minimum of three days, in addition to gorilla trekking will receive a discount of 30%. Similarly, conference tourists, who stay pre or post conference dates to see gorillas will be eligible for a 15% discount.

In line with Rwanda’s high-end tourism strategy, the price increase aims to strengthen conservation efforts and contribute more to the development of communities living around the Volcanoes National Park.

Along with the new tariff, the tourism revenue sharing rate for communities adjacent to the park, will also increase from 5% to 10%, which will quadruple the absolute revenues received by communities. Over the last 12 years, more than 400 community projects have been completed including hospitals, schools, business development centers and water supply systems to facilitate access to clean water. These projects directly benefit the people living around the parks.

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.”

New, high-end lodges are opening in Musanze and plans are underway to improve visitors’ experience at Kinigi, including 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 are an endangered species with only around 880 remaining in the world. Of those in in the Virunga Massif, Rwanda accounts for 62% of the gorilla population. Stringent 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 2010.

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Rwanda extended gorilla groups to 10

Recently Rwanda was lucky to extend the total of Mountain Gorilla groups to 10.

This implicates that there is room for 80 tourists (10 groups times 8 tourists) to visit the Mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, every day.

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Mountain Gorilla Fees

IMPORTANT INFORMATIION ABOUT THE GORILLAS PERMITS FEES :

 

The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is one of the two most endangered apes in the world (with the Cross River Gorilla, Gorilla gorilla diehli). There are only approximately 350 mountain gorillas alive today, and all of them are found in the wild. They only exist in two small, protected afromontane forest patches in northwest Rwanda, southwest Uganda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
 


Just for your info:

The prices of gorilla permits per person are at this moment:

$1500 in Rwanda

$600 in Uganda and
$400 in DR-Congo (+ the cost of a visa!) 

These prices are so different, for a visit to the same sort of Mountain Gorillas, in the same forest (NP), that a clever tourist KNOWS where she/he likes to visit these beautiful animals and at the same time does not need to spend to much money.
For more info about the possibilities for seeing the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda or Dr Congo, you can go to:

    

 


 

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There are now 8 gorilla groups in Rwanda

Young male starts its own group in Virunga, please have a look at the present groups.

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Kwita Izina set for 18th June 2011

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Make a date with Rwanda in the week culminating with the annual Kwita Izina Gorilla naming festival, planned for the 18th of June this year. This date still has to be confirmed by the Rwandan cabinet though, showing the importance … Continue reading

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