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How To Obtain Rwanda Gorilla Permits

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How To Obtain Rwanda Gorilla Permits

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Rwanda Gorilla Permit booking Information

The Rwanda gorilla permit is the only ultimate guarantee for you to see gorillas in Rwanda gorilla trekking adventure in Rwanda is with no doubt the most amazing activity for most travelers visiting Rwanda the Land of thousand hills and home to one of the only four destinations where the mountain gorillas can be trekked; the Volcanoes National park. Over 300 mountain gorillas live within this park and the tracking experience makes it one of the best travel highlights for anyone visiting Rwanda. Such an inexplicable moment when you set your eyes on the wild mountain gorilla.

To trek these mountain giants as you visit Rwanda, you will need to obtain a Rwanda gorilla permit that guarantees you access to trek at one habituated gorilla family in the volcanoes park. The price of the Rwanda Gorilla Permit costs USD $1,500 each and can only be used for one day visiting one gorilla family allocated during the pre-gorilla trek briefing session.

Are you interested in the gorilla safari adventure and planning on your safari trip to get everything offset for you? here’s how you can ensure that you obtain your permit in advance and save the hustle as you land in the country.  Let’s read on!

Where and how to obtain a Rwanda Gorilla Permit

Whether you are planning a gorilla safari in Rwanda on a short holiday or long term stay, it shouldn’t be hectic for you to obtain a gorilla permit due to the fact there is always a limit on how many permits are issued a day. This is so because there are 10 gorilla groups in Rwanda and only 8 people are allowed to a particular group on a daily basis. You can obtain a Rwanda gorilla permit by booking online through African Safari Journeys, a fully licensed tour operator accredited to the Rwanda Development Board, a governing body in charge of the tourism activities in Rwanda. For citizens and foreign residents, you can alternatively visit the Rwanda Development Board office (RDB) in Kigali or visit their Official website to secure your permit and wait for the d day.

When is the best time to Obtain a Rwanda Gorilla Permit?

To know and be sure of the best time to book and pay for your gorilla permit, it is advisable that you contact us to give you the best advise and helpful information as regards the seasons and availability of the gorilla permits. It is better than for peak and high seasons, you need to book your gorilla permit at least 5 months in advance while in low seasons, you can even book it there and then. The availability of the gorilla trekking permits depends on the Seasons i.e. during peak seasons, they are on high demand so it’s advisable to book weeks before your gorilla safari. Peak seasons in Rwanda are in the months of June to September, December and January to February.

How much do Rwanda gorilla permits cost?

The price for Rwanda gorilla permits varies accordingly; however the standard permit cost for a typical gorilla trekking activity is $1500, other breakdowns of the prices are given below;

  • $1500 – Non Residents, East African Residents, East African Citizens, Rwandan Residents, Rwandan Citizens
  • 30% Discount (US$ 1,050) on gorilla permits if visiting other Rwanda national parks (Akagera national park, Nyungwe national park) for 3 days and more during the low season of November – May
  • 15% discount (US$ 1,275) on conference guests who stay pre & post MICE events to see gorillas
  • $15,000 for Private gorilla trekking of an entire group with an exclusive personalized tour guide service
  • US$ 30,000 for a minimum of 3 visitors for 3 consecutive days (Behind the scenes)

Previously, the Rwanda gorilla permit was charged at USD750, however the change in price came in May 2017 with a motive by the Rwanda Development Board to boost the tourism industry of Rwanda as well as the urge to improve the environment. Rwanda’s tourism is remarkably seen on a world map with the country involved in big marketing strategies with some of Europe’s biggest football clubs – Arsenal as a sleeve sponsor ‘Visit Rwanda’.

Rwanda Gorilla Permits Important & Very Useful information

Age Limit for Rwanda Gorilla Permit: For anyone intending to do gorilla trekking in Rwanda, you must be over 15 years of age to obtain a gorilla permit, despite your physical appearance and size.

Accommodation and where to stay: There are several hotels and lodges in the area, we can always book for you the best hotel that fits in your financial plans; we have upmarket lodges, mid-range, luxury and budget accommodation options.

Passport information: You will be required provide your passport information for the purpose of writing out details on the gorilla permit. Be sure to provide accurate information. your information will surely and assuredly be handled with utmost confidentiality.

Refunds/Cancellation Guidelines: The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) shall refund 50% of the gorilla tracking fee for any visitor showing signs of illness. Any sick visitor shall not be allowed to track the gorillas if declared unfit by the Warden in Charge. The only applies to visitors who have travelled all the way to the park.

Tracking Time Limit: Assembling for briefing from one of the park rangers at the Kinigi park headquarters starts is limited to 7:00 – 7:30 at latest. Gorilla tracking time is limited from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All visitors are expected back at the camp ground by 7:00 p.m.

Important Information to Note: 

Its highly advisable to book your permit earlier than your planned gorilla trekking date as permits tend to get finished early. Volcanoes national park is home to 10 mountain gorilla groups and each group can only have 1 group of 8 people visiting a day for only 1 hour. Today Rwanda is receiving so many visitors coming to tour gorillas. Its best to book early to guarantee your gorilla permits for the day interested to trek gorillas. Always be sure to find gorillas on your gorilla tour in Volcanoes National Park.

To book your Rwanda gorilla permit; 

Please send an email to: [email protected]://africansafarijourneys.com 
or give us a direct call through: +256 701187844. 

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Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500 and Uganda gorilla permits cost $600. These have to be acquired months before your trip to be assured of viewing the mountain gorillas. Read more about booking gorilla permits.

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