Cost of Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda; Mountain Gorillas inhabit the Volcanoes National park in Rwanda. Volcanoes National park borders Virunga National park in Democratic Republican of Congo and Mgahinga National park in Uganda.
The park is known for the endangered mountain Gorilla, species, golden monkeys. It’s also a home to the five Virunga mountains including; Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga, Sabinyi, Karisimbi. The park covers 160 sq.km which is covered in the rainforest. The park was the first to be created in Africa.
After sometime the park became a base for Dian Fossey who always carried out research on mountain Gorillas at Karisoke Research centre between Visoke and Karisimbi. In 1992 the park became a battle field a number of tour activities were all stopped, until in 1999 when the park was safe for all tourists.
Also the cost of gorilla trekking previously was 750 USD for a gorilla permit while currently it costs 1500.
However there is a 30% discount for tourists who plan to stay longer for 3 days or better trekking the mountain Gorillas and other national parks like Akagera and Nyungwe forest National Park plus other Tourist attractions. For tourists who have travelled for conferences but would like to trek the mountain Gorillas, their eligible for a 15% discount in Rwanda.
Rwanda high end tourism is aiming to strengthen conserving efforts to community development to the people living around the communities of volcanoes National park; including to fund the schools nearby, hospitals, business development, clean water supply, improving their lives of living and many more.
The 1500USD cost of gorilla trekking in rwanda is meant to boost the development and empowerment of the communities economically.
Mountain Gorillas are left few in the world facing extinction and an estimation of 1000 mountain Gorillas left in the world. However conservation efforts have been established as means to protect the mountain Gorilla in the parks that share the Virunga ranges such as Volcanoes National park, Mgahinga National park in Uganda and Virunga National park in Democratic Republic of Congo. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Mountain Gorillas are considered as a subspecies of mountain Gorillas.