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If one has tried to research about mountain gorilla trekking in Africa, He/She must have found out that there is a gorilla permit price difference existing in these countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. When planning to visit Uganda, Rwanda or Democratic Republic of Congo one of the very many reasons that influence choice of a given country for gorilla trekking is gorilla permit price difference. There almost 1000 mountain gorillas in the whole world. Of these more that 400 are resident in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park while the rest are in the Virunga ranges that is shared by three National Parks of Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo. Mountain gorillas are highly endangered species and as such have attracted many people from all over the world to come and visit them before they become extinct. The number of tourists visiting Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic republic has been increasing overtime. With the three choices available, one can choose to visit either country depending on the price, political atmosphere among others.

Why are there gorilla permit price difference between Uganda, Rwanda and DRC?

There is a gorilla permit price difference in the three countries that have mountain gorillas. The price of a gorilla permit in Rwanda is USD1500.00, in Uganda, it still stands at USD600.00 in high season while in Democratic Republic of Congo, the price of a gorilla permit is still at USD400 per permit per trek. There so many reasons that one can use to explain this gorilla permit price difference amongst these three countries.

Rwanda gorilla permit price is so far the most expensive one in the region and many people continue to book Rwanda gorilla permits as compared to those in other countries like Uganda and Rwanda. One of the reason put affront is the belief that Rwanda Mountain gorillas are so friendly and good for trekking and photography. That the vegetation in Volcanoes National Park is not as thick as that of Uganda and Democratic of Congo. That mountain gorillas of Rwanda were the first ones to be habituated and that are more used to human beings than those of Uganda or Democratic republic of congo. The story goes on to say that even the distance from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park is not as that from Entebbe Airport to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. That while you can do a gorilla trek in Rwanda in one day, you need a minimum of three days in Uganda.

While the above is true, the experience of gorilla trekking is the same and all mountain gorillas are the same. Rwanda has marketed herself very well, worked on her roads, and provided a political and economic environment for the gorilla tourism to flourish. While Uganda has majority of these endangered mountain gorillas, it has not managed to compete with Rwanda when it comes to marketing and public relations. Its because of this that there is a gorilla permit price difference between these two countries. Democratic republic of congo gorilla permit price is the lowest in the region due to the fact that this country has been known for its political instability and insecurity. In order to attract tourists to Virunga National Park, they have decided to keep the price of a gorilla permit down compared to Uganda and Rwanda. Encounter Africa safaris organizes all inclusive gorilla safaris to Uganda and Rwanda and should require more information about these two countries do not hesitate to contact us

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