When the Rwanda Development Board announced in May this year that it was to double its fees for Gorilla Trekking Permits in the country, many travellers feared that, with permits now costing $1,500 per person per day, they would never be able to visit the last remaining wild Mountain Gorillas in the world…
Gorilla Trekking Safari’s feature on many a bucket list, and understandably so! Trekking through the verdant rainforests of Volcanoes National Park in search of Mountain Gorillas thriving in their natural habitat is a once in a lifetime trip, but it’s never been what one could call a ‘cheap holiday’, and this significant price increase has left many tour operators concerned about the impact this could have on tourism.
So why the sudden price hike? Well, it seems Rwanda wants to follow in the footsteps of other booming African countries such as Botswana, and attract its fair share of high-end travellers with sky-high travel budgets! Officially, Rwanda wants to ensure that gorilla trekking remains a “highly unique experience”, and with global luxury brands such as the One & Only Resorts chain investing heavily in the area, it looks as though Rwanda is on track to become a holiday destination for the rich and famous.
But all is not lost! The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)and the Uganda Tourism Board announced last month that gorilla trekking permits will remain at $600.00 per person for the next 12 months at least, with Andrew Seguya, the executive director of UWA stating, “Gorillas are one of the world’s most valuable natural resources and their conservation is at the forefront of all of UWA’s decisions. Allowing global travellers the opportunity to fulfil lifelong dreams to see these animals is key to their conservation”.
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi National Park is certainly no second best to neighbouring Rwanda, and so if you want to see the Mountain Gorillas up close and personal, the Pearl of Africa could just be your perfect holiday destination for 2017! You’ll get 2 days for less than the price of 1 in Rwanda, and the gorillas on this side of the border are just as beautiful!!