GROUP SAFARI

Rwanda Increases Gorilla permit fees

Rwanda Increases Gorilla permit fees

Rwanda has recently increased the price of mountain gorilla trekking permits by 50% effective 1st June 2012. The Rwanda Development Board announced in January this year that the price of mountain gorilla safari permits will have to be increased due to the increase in the number of tourists who come to visit the gorillas in Rwanda.

Mountain gorillas are found in the three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo – DRC. These gentle giants are found in the Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo while in Uganda they are found in Mgahinga and Bwindi national parks. Gorillas in Rwanda are found in Volcanoes national park.

Rwanda tour operators argue that the unilateral increase in the price of mountain gorilla tracking permits by Rwanda will have negative implications since the other two countries with mountain gorillas charge less. A gorilla permit in Uganda costs $500 dollars while in the Democratic Republic of Congo a mountain gorilla permits costs less than $400. Many of the analysts are saying that the tourists will be forced to go to Uganda and Congo for their gorilla safaris.

However, the Rwanda Development Board argues that the increase of gorilla safari permit fees is not just about the gorillas but they are taking into consideration other aspects like security and also other Rwanda tourism packages.

They further say that the cost of conserving the mountain gorillas is way too high and the amount of money gotten from gorilla tourism is almost always ploughed back into conservation efforts.

According to the mountain gorilla population census carried out in 2010, the annual population growth rate of the mountain gorillas is about 3.7% with population increase of 23.6% over the last seven years.

Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park great number of the mountain gorillas with 790 left in the wild today.

With 97% of their DNA similar to that of human beings, repeated exposure of mountain gorillas to human contact through tourism is not without its dangers. Mountain gorillas are susceptible to diseases that humans suffer, however, with a weaker immunity to these diseases, there’s a danger that their entire population can be wiped out with a disease that would other not be so fatal among humans.

End of package

EAST AFRICA TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Gorilla Tourism Articles

  • Gorilla and Wildlife Tour packages in East Africa

    Gorilla and Wildlife Tour packages in East Africa

    Gorilla safaris, primates Treks & wildlife safari Packages in Uganda, Rwanda, Congo – Africa Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo are homes to the only remaining world population of the endangered mountain Gorillas, found in the forests of the virunga volcanic mountains . In Uganda, gorillas are inhabited in two National Parks of Bwindi Forest and...

  • Katurum Safari Lodge Development Halted

    Katurum Safari Lodge Development Halted

    Kidepo national park is one of the top national parks in Uganda with unique plant and wildlife species. The park has some of the most rare wildlife species some of which are endemic to the region. To boost tourism in the national park the government is encouraging the building of safari lodges in the area...

  • New Tax Hurting Tourism in Uganda

    New Tax Hurting Tourism in Uganda

    In the wake of donor cuts from the West to Uganda, the government in a bid to increase its source of funding and meet its tax obligations has not only began to lift its tax waivers on certain sectors of the economy but has also increased its tax in certain sectors. The tourism industry which...

  • More from
  • Wildlife Safari Articles

  • Kibale Forest Uganda Primates Tour

    Kibale Forest Uganda Primates Tour

    This Uganda primate safari will take you to Kibale Forest national park a prime area for the Chimpanzee and other wildlife. You will also track other primates hosted in the dense Kibale Forest. Day 1: Uganda Tour   After an early breakfast, drive to Kibale Forest national park. Kibale forest also boasts of hosting a...

  • Murchison Falls National Park Tsetse Flies Eradication

    Murchison Falls National Park Tsetse Flies Eradication

    Uganda has over 13 national parks and game reserves attracting an increasing number to tourists to the Country. The Tourism industry in Uganda is growing rapidly and is expected to double in the next few years. Tourist arrivals has significantly increased with Lonely Planet voting Uganda as the best travel destination for 2012. Uganda national...

  • Baby Rhino Born in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

    Baby Rhino Born in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

    The population of rhinos in Uganda was decimated during the turbulent political times that the Country went through. However there has been an effort by conservationists to reintroduce rhinos back into the Country. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary located in the District of Nakasongola which has been in the spotlight during the probe into the Protected Areas...

  • More from
  • World Travel Articles

  • 78 Year old Beryl Park Climbs Mount Rwenzori

    78 Year old Beryl Park Climbs Mount Rwenzori

    Mountaineering in Uganda is mainly done on the Mountains of the Rwenzoris in Western Uganda. Being one of the highest peaks in East Africa together with Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya it attracts a lot of mountaineers from different parts of the World. The mountain and its surrounding has been designated a game reserve and...

  • Tarangire national park safari

    Tarangire national park safari

    Tanzania is one of Africa’s premier tour destinations with a plethora of wildlife ranging from the big five to other lesser known wildlife species. It boasts of Africa’s largest  national parks the Selous game reserve along with other renown game reserves like Serengeti, Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro conservation area etc.  These game reserves have offered many...

  • Rwanda to host World Environment Day celebrations

    Rwanda to host World Environment Day celebrations

    Rwanda to host World Environment Day celebrations World Environment Day (WED) falls each year on 5 June. It is a day when people focus on the environment and it is celebrated in over 100 countries. World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm...

  • More from
  • South Sudan Safaris

  • Bandingilo National Park

    Bandingilo National Park

    It’s famously known as Bandingilo Reserve which was recognized to protect the Rhinos though it accommodates a great number of wild Birds of different species and mammals such as Africa elephant. The Reserve is still of great value and soon the training centre for the wildlife officers will be established which is one way to improve...

  • Nimule National Park

    Nimule National Park

    This park is found  at the far end of South Sudan at its border neighboring Uganda with the spectacular White Nile on the eastern part while River Assua on the North. The hilly terrain of the park is well covered by savanna woodland characterized by acacia trees, combretum aculeatum plus other species. The park has...

  • South Sudan Travel Guide

    South Sudan Travel Guide

    Capital City of South Sudan Juba is South Sudan’s capital city with greatest developing level in Africa. There are quite a number of investment opportunities, numerous natural resources, the amazing hotels, night clubs, restaurants, and tourist attractions. There are also a number of administrative offices in this city plus a booming trading center. Besides the...

  • More from
Mountain Gorilla Safari | Gorilla Safari Packages
|
Gorilla tour in Rwanda | Rwand gorilla safari | Africa safari | Masai Mara hot air balloon flights