why gorilla permit price is high
- April 18, 2016
- Posted by: Africa Safaris
- Category: Travel News
Many tourists have in the past and present visited Uganda and Rwanda to see the endangered mountain gorillas. Many tourists ask why gorilla permit price is high but we discuss the reasons why it is so. These primates are only located in Volcanoes National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park and Virunga. In the whole world, it’s in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo that one can trek a family of habituated gorillas. To see these gorillas, one must pay for a gorilla permit which is very expensive and in this article, we will explore why gorilla permit price is high for both gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience.
Some reasons why gorilla permit price is high
There several reasons why gorilla permit price is high both in Uganda and Rwanda but before we go there, we need to trace the history of gorilla trekking both in Uganda and Rwanda. Gorilla trekking started in 1993 in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and at that time, the price of a gorilla permit was about USD150.00, it kept on increasing from USD350 to USD500.00 and now, a gorilla permit costs USD600 in Uganda and USD750.00 in Rwanda. Another activity that requires a gorilla permit is gorilla habituation experience and the cost or price of gorilla habituation permit is USD1500.00.
The reason why gorilla permit price is high is to limit the number of tourists that visit these primates. Bwindi Impenetrable National park and Volcanoes National Park employ ecotourism principles with an aim of conserving these mountain gorillas. If the gorilla permit price is not high, then so many tourists will be interested in seeing gorillas leading to mass tourism that may in turn impact on these gorillas negatively. This therefore explains why gorilla permit price is high to keep away many tourists from these endangered primates.
Another reason explaining why gorilla permit price is high is that, Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rwanda Development board need funds to pay works, doctors, constructing infrastructure geared towards conserving gorillas and all these can be done if there is money.
There several reasons why gorilla permit price is high in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo but Encounter Africa safaris is ready to design for you an affordable gorilla tour to Uganda and or Rwanda so that you contribute to the conservation of mountain gorillas.