On 17th June, 2020, Rwanda reopened its national parks to tourism with discounted Rwanda gorilla permits after three months of lock-down due to the Covid-19 pandemic and with that, came the overwhelming news of very significant discounts in the price of Gorilla permits for the year 2020.
Currently, discounted Rwanda Gorilla permits are on offer at $200 for Rwandan nationals and all East African citizens, $500 for foreign residents of Rwanda and that is a huge discount considering that the price has been $1500 each permit for all intending to take part in Gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
The $500 cost of the gorilla permit in Rwanda for foreign residents is now even less than what it costs in Uganda where the permit now costs $700. Overtime, Rwanda has successfully positioned itself as the leading destination for luxury Gorilla trekking experiences in Africa and these price reductions come as an incentive to jump-start tourism in Rwanda since mountain Gorillas are the country’s major tourism product.
The discounted permits therefore, will only last until 31st December, 2020 after which, the price will return to the previous $1500 for each permit for everyone taking part in the Gorilla trekking activity.
Note: The $500 discounted gorilla permits are only available to Rwandan nationals and foreign residents in Rwanda. Anyone else planning to visit Rwanda for Gorilla trekking including nationals of East African countries, pays the normal permit price of $1,500.
How to Book discounted Rwanda Gorilla permits and take part in Gorilla trekking during the Covid-19 Pandemic?
As exciting as it is to know that Rwanda has re-opened for tourism and Gorilla trekking back in the picture, it is important to note that we are still battling Covid-19 and there are set guidelines that must be observed.
- Everyone aged 15 years and above can be allowed to take part as of today, 4th September, 2020.
- All international travelers MUST test negative for Covid-19 72 hours before departure and will undergo another test upon arrival in Rwanda.
- All participants MUST test negative 48 hours before the tracking date.
- Anyone with high temperatures and other signs of sickness including flue and cough will not be allowed to take part in Gorilla trekking to minimize the risk of the mountain Gorillas contracting the highly infectious virus.
The above, must be observed alongside the regular do’s and don’ts of Gorilla trekking as communicated on the day of the trek during your briefing.
If all goes to plan, commercial flights in Rwanda are set to resume on 1st August 2020.
UPDATE: commercial flights in Rwanda resumed on 1st August 2020 as planned and you can plan your visit to Rwanda now.
UPDATE: The discount on the Gorilla permits ended on 31st December 2020 so the current Gorilla permit fee is $1500 for anyone looking to do mountain Gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
Contact us today to help you plan your Gorilla trekking trip to Rwanda and book your Gorilla permits accordingly.