How to acquire a Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Permit – Rwanda Safari News
No traveler planning to undertake Mountain Gorilla tracking in Rwanda can be allowed to trek without a Rwanda gorilla trekking safari permit. A Rwanda gorilla trekking permit is a document or card issued by the Rwanda Development Board, allowing any traveler above 15 years of age to trek Mountain Gorillas. Rwanda gorilla safari permit reservations are managed by the Rwanda Development Board. To acquire a Rwanda gorilla trekking permit travelers can contact a trust able Rwanda gorilla tour operator to help them make their booking since they are more familiar with the booking process. For natives in Rwanda who are familiar with the booking process, they can do the bookings directly or contact a tour operator for help.
The advantage of booking with a Rwanda safari tour operator is that they are able to acquire the permit easily by reaching the Rwanda Development Board offices which a tourist from a far cannot be able to do. The other advantage is that Rwanda tour operators are able to inform when there discounted permits especially in the low season or rainy season when a few tourists are willing to undertake gorilla safaris in Rwanda.
When do I book a Rwanda gorilla trekking permit?
Tourists planning to take a gorilla tour Rwanda are advised to book their gorilla permits 3-4 months prior to the actual gorilla trekking time in order to avoid short notice or last minutes frustrations. This is because during the months of June – September and December – February, permits are on a high demand and can sell out months before your safari date.
How much is a gorilla permit in Rwanda?
The known cost of a Rwanda gorilla trekking tour permit is 1500 USD but then allocation is done according to different reasons and you could actually trek a gorilla at a lower cost.
USD 1500 is applicable for Non-Residents, East African Residents, East African Citizens, Rwandan Residents and Rwandan Citizens.
A traveler gets a 30% Discount (USD 1,050) on a gorilla permit if visiting other Rwanda national parks of Akagera National Park and Nyungwe National Park making it a total of three national parks in the country for 3 days and more during the low season of November – May
A 15% discount (USD 1,275) is given to conference guests who stay pre and post meetings, Incentives, conferencing and exhibitions (MICE) events who decide to go gorilla trekking.
USD 15,000 can be paid for a Private gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda of an entire group with an exclusive personalized tour guide service
USD 30,000 can be paid for a minimum of 3 visitors for 3 consecutive days.
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