What determines a country where one will visit for gorilla trekking is the current gorilla permit price among other factors. There only three countries on planet earth where mountain gorillas live in their natural habitats. These three countries are located in the tropical regions of Africa where these endangered creatures live in forested mountainous areas. These three countries include two East African countries of Uganda and Rwanda plus Democratic republic of Congo. The current mountain gorilla census has put the number of gorilla above 1000 individuals which is good news indeed. Due to the fact that mountain gorillas are an endangered species, a lot of efforts have been put forward to conserve them in four national parks of Volcanoes NP in Rwanda, Virunga National Park in Congo, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga NP in Uganda respectively. For one two visit any of these three countries, he/she needs to know the gorilla permit price for each country to enable him/her plan accordingly.
We have a gorilla permit price difference among countries that have mountain gorillas. Current Gorilla permit price of Uganda is different from that of Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo due to several factors that have to be considered before one chooses a country to be visited. Current Uganda gorilla permit price to trek Uganda gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga for one hour is at USD600 for foreign non residents, USD500 for foreign residents and Shillings 250,000 for East African citizens of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and Southern Sudan. For those interested in spending up to four hours with mountain gorillas, the price of gorilla habituation permits is at USD1500.00 for foreign non residents and USD1000 for foreign residents. Current Gorilla habituation experience only takes place in Uganda and in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Rwanda gorilla permit price to visit or see mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park is at USD1500.00. Current Congo gorilla permit price is at USD400.00 per person for one hour. All the above gorilla permit prices are based on 2018-19 tariffs and are subject to change.
Encounter Africa safaris is one of the leading gorilla safari company operating in Uganda and Rwanda and offering affordable and flexible gorilla tours in both countries. All our gorilla safaris have guaranteed gorilla permits which we book for you when contacted. Kindly look at our sample Gorilla tours which include 3 Day gorilla safari from Entebbe Airport, 5 Day gorilla and chimp safari which combines gorillas and Chimpanzee in Uganda, 5 Day gorilla and game safari that allows you to trek gorillas and enjoy game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is now possible to trek Uganda gorillas by flying to Kigali Airport and then connect to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by road. Some of our Uganda gorilla tours from Kigali include 3 Day gorilla safari from Kigali, 4 Day double trekking from Kigali and our 3 Day gorilla habituation experience safari from Kigali.
Gorilla trekking is referred to as an expensive tourist activity hence the high gorilla permit price in respective countries. That notwithstanding, there is still gorilla permit price difference between Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo and in this article, we will try to explain why there is such current gorilla permit price difference yet mountain gorillas are the same but just in three different countries. One of the reasons that bring this gorilla permit price variation is policy. Uganda, Rwanda and DRC have different gorilla permit pricing policy much as the conservation efforts to save these mountain gorillas are almost the same. Rwanda has of recent kept the gorilla permit price high due to the fact that they want to promote this country commonly referred to as “ A country with a thousand hills” as a luxury tourism destination. Rwanda is aiming at attracting few but well paying tourists so as to reduce the pressure on habituated mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. All efforts have been put in place to attract luxury tourists by constructing high end Hotels and Lodges, working on infrastructure such as roads, offering affordable flight rates by Rwanda air from different countries of the world among others.
Uganda gorilla price is slightly lower than that of Rwanda irrespective of the fact that mountain gorillas are the same. While Uganda does not do aggressive tourism marketing, affordability remains a key factor for competing with Rwanda. By keeping the gorilla price lower than that of Rwanda, may tourists who want to save some money off, run to Uganda for gorilla trekking. Uganda has the highest number of habituated gorilla families in the whole world currently standing at 17 habituated gorilla families compared to Rwanda’s 10 habituated gorilla families. It should be noted that even at the current Uganda gorilla permit price, gorilla permits tends to sell out quickly. It is therefore advised to book you gorilla permits with Encounter Africa safaris at least 3-4 months in advance.
As earlier noted, Congo gorilla permit price is the lowest in the world for one to visit Congo mountain gorillas. Gorilla permits in Congo cost USD400 during high season and USD200 during low season. The reason for this low gorilla permit price is that Democratic republic of Congo has experience political instability for quite some time and as of 2018, gorilla trekking has been suspended following the killing of tourists who had come to visit mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. Its for this reason that Encounter Africa safaris operates only in Rwanda and Uganda.
For more information about gorilla permit price and how to book gorilla safaris to visit Uganda and Rwanda, please do send us an email and we will advise you on the availability of gorilla permits, give you information and advice you can rely on as well as competitive rates for gorilla tours to Rwanda or Uganda. Encounter Africa safaris is highly rated on Trip Advisor and Safari bookings and we make sure that when contacted, you will get the best.
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