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 up to December 2022 and the discount has now been extended up to December 2023.
Currently, promotional Rwanda Gorilla permits are on offer at $200 for Rwandan nationals and all East African citizens, $500 for foreign residents of Rwanda, African nationals and foreign residents in the African Union community 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. Over time, 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 2023 after which, the price will return to the previous $1500 for each permit for everyone taking part in the Gorilla trekking activity.
How to Book discounted Rwanda Gorilla permits and take part in Gorilla trekking post 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 in Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.
- 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 flu 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.
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 for promotional Gorilla trekking in Rwanda was extended and continues up to the end of December 2023 so this is the best chance for anyone in Africa that is looking to do mountain Gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
Below is the summarized guide to all promotional offers available for activities in Volcanoes National Park & Nyungwe.
|Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park||Nationals, East African Community||$200|
|Corporate/Organizations||10% discount on bulk purchases from 30 permits|
|Families||15% discount for family visits (couples and children over 15 years old)|
|African citizens||a promotional $500 will be applied for mountain gorilla trekking.|
|Africa foreign residents||a promotional $500 will be applied for mountain gorilla trekking.|
|International tourists (Non- African Citizens) traveling in a group of 100 and more||a promotional rate of $500 will be applied for mountain gorilla trekking.|
|All other products/experiences in Volcanoes & Nyungwe National Parks||Nationals, Foreign residents in East African Community||30% discount on groups of 10 where applicable|
|Nationals, Foreign residents in East African Community||10% for individual travelers|
|Corporate/Organizations||30% discount on bulk purchases from 30 permits|
|Families||15% discount for family visits (couple and children)|
Contact us today to help you plan your Gorilla trekking trip to Rwanda and book your Gorilla permits accordingly.