Why Uganda Gorilla permits are cheaper than Rwanda
- July 8, 2016
- Posted by: Africa Safaris
- Category: Travel News
The rare mountain gorillas can only be trekked in their natural habitats in three countries of Africa. These three countries are Uganda, Rwanda, and Democratic republic of Congo. It should be noted that much as anyone can trek gorillas in any of the three countries, the price of gorilla permits differ from one country to another with Rwanda being the most expensive. In this article, we will explore reasons why Uganda gorilla permits are cheaper than Rwanda yet the experience is the same.
Reasons why Uganda gorilla permits are cheaper than Rwanda
The price of a gorilla permit in Rwanda is currently at USD750.00 per person and yet one can get a gorilla permit in Uganda at USD600.00. This price applies to foreign non residents who are the majority when it comes to gorilla trekking. This therefore means that it is cheaper to buy Uganda gorilla permits as one would save USD150.00 per gorilla permit. It’s from this that we what to find out why Uganda gorilla permits are cheaper than Rwanda.
One of the reasons why Uganda gorilla permits are cheaper than Rwanda is that while Uganda is endowed with a lot of natural attractions, it is not well marketed as Rwanda so in order to attract more tourists; Uganda has decided to lower the price. It should be noted that Uganda also offers discounted gorilla permits in April, May and November of every year at USD450.00 for foreign non residents. This puts Uganda Gorilla permits at a lower price compared to Rwanda.
Another reason why Uganda gorilla permits are cheaper than Rwanda is that Rwanda is convenient when it comes to gorilla trekking. While you need a minimum of three days to trek gorillas in Uganda, in Rwanda, it is possible to do it in two days due to proximity of the Airport to Volcanoes National Park as well as the good roads that connect Kigali to Volcanoes National Park. This is not the case when it comes to Uganda. The distance from Entebbe Airport to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is very long and as people who do not prefer being driven long distances will definitely prefer Rwanda to Uganda much as the price for a gorilla permit is high in Rwanda.
Generally the overall experience of gorilla trekking in Rwanda is looked at as more exciting compared to Uganda (subject to discussion) and because of this, Rwanda can afford to maintain the high price of a gorilla permit amidst competition from Uganda and Democratic Republic of Uganda. The other fact is that Rwanda is not as gifted as Uganda in terms of fertile soils and other natural resources and as such the government looks at tourism as one of the main foreign exchange earner of the country. This is not the case with Uganda that looks at other sectors such as Agriculture, oil and others. The above mentioned reasons why Uganda gorilla permits are cheaper than Rwanda are opinions of Encounter Africa Safaris