Ever since Rwanda increased its gorilla permits from USD750 to USD1500.00 per person per trek, there has been a rush for Uganda gorilla treks. By doubling the price, Rwanda is now looked at a very expensive destination for gorilla trekking and Volcanoes National Park a luxury. Mountain gorillas are rare great apes and are found in three African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo. For long, Rwanda was the most preferred country for gorilla trekking since it was perceived that gorillas in Volcanoes National Park were easy to trek, compared to those of Uganda and Democratic republic of Congo. Tourists would willingly pay for USD750 to enjoy such a feeling. However the increase in gorilla permit price to USD1500.00 have forced many tourists to rush for Uganda gorilla treks in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park where the price of a gorilla permit is still at USD700.00 per person per trek.
Rush for Uganda gorilla treks by the Rwandese tour operators is made is by the fact that actually Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park are much more closer to Kigali International Airport than Entebbe International Airport. It thus makes it very easy to for one to fly to Kigali International Airport, drive 3-4 hours drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park for gorilla trekking and then fly back through Rwanda. This is not the case with Uganda where one has to drive 8-9 hours to and from Bwindi Impenetrable national Park.
While Ugandans are taking advantage to sell Uganda Gorillas through Kigali International Airport in order to reduce on driving time, Rwanda tour operators are also avoiding the expensive Rwanda gorilla permit to instead cross over to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as well as Mgahinga National Park hence a rush for Uganda gorilla treks.
Encounter Africa Safaris operates in Rwanda and Uganda and for any information on gorilla trekking or why there is a rush for Uganda gorilla treks, kindly call us or send us an email and you will be surprised at the amount of information you will receive.