In May 2017, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) announced the increment of gorilla trekking fee from USD 750 to USD 1500 per person. The move, RDB, announced, was in line with its efforts to strengthen conservation efforts and contribute more to local communities living around the Volcanoes National Parks.
However, Rwanda also offers a 30% discounted price for tourists who visit the country to trek the gorillas during the low season. The low season in Rwanda is between the months of May and November. This means the tourists spend USD 1050 per person for each gorilla trek.
However, the discounted price comes with a caveat. For one to qualify for it, he or she should book for extra days or nights in other national parks of either Nyungwe Forest or the Akagera National Park.
Nyungwe is among Africa’s oldest parks while Akagera National Park is tropical rainforest and now hosts the so called Big Five animals among many animal, plant and bird species.
Tourists also who stay pre or post-conference dates are also eligible for a discounted price of 15%.
In Uganda, the cost of gorilla trekking remains at USD 600. The gorilla trekking is a popular tourist attraction in Uganda, carried out in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
In Congo, tourists who want to gorilla trek pay USD 400 while during the low season they pay a discounted fee of USD 200.
Tourists can trek the gorillas in DRC in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega. All these fees are only for the permit. It’s better to book in advance for the gorilla permit, transport and accommodation through Virunga Community Programs. The money is ploughed back to promote our conservation and community development programs around the Virunga massif. In addition safari sold, we send a child to school at Kisoro International Peoples College.