Gorilla Permits increase in Rwanda
This week the Rwanda Development Board announced an increase in the price of Gorilla Permits from $750USD to $1500USD for all visitors effective immediately.
A new exclusive package for tourists who wish to book an entire family of gorillas was also introduced at $15,000USD and will received exclusive personalised tour guide services. The price increase does not apply to those who have already purchased their permits.
In line with Rwandas high-end tourism strategy, the price increase aims to strengthen conservation efforts and contribute more to the development of the communities living around the Volcanoes National Park.
Along with the new tariff, the tourism revenue sharing rate for communities adjacent to the park, will also increase from 5% to 10% which will quadruple the absolute revenues received by communities. Over the past 12 years, more than 400 community projects have been completed including hospitals, schools, business development centres and water supply systems to facilitate access to clear water. These projects directly benefit the people living around the parks.
Ms Clare Akamanzi, the CEO at Rwanda Development Board stated "Gorilla trekking is a highly unique experience. We have raised the price of permits in order to ensure sustainability of conservation initiatives and enhance visitors' experience. We also want to make sure that the communities living near the park area receive a bigger share of tourism revenues to fund development projects and empower them economically."
New high-end lodges are opening in Musanze and plans are underway to improve visitors' experience at Kinigi, including renovation of the information centre to equip it with modern offices and tourism services such as conservation education, children's learning space as well as digital facilities.
Mountain Gorillas are an endangered species with only 800 remaining in the world. Rwanda accounts for 62% of this population. Stringent conservation measures have significantly contributed to a rise in Gorilla numbers. There are currently 20 families habituated for tourism and research which is up from just 9 families in 2010.
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