Rwanda Gorilla Permits

All you need to know about Rwanda Gorilla Permits

Rwanda gorilla permits are the only documents that guarantee any traveler to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda. A gorilla permit can only be acquired by people above the age of 15 and this document is issued by Rwanda Development Board or Uganda Wildlife Authority which allows any traveler to trek mountain gorillas in any of the three habitats – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park (Uganda) and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Once you obtain a gorilla permit, you will be able to go gorilla trekking which takes a minimum of one or two hours and a maximum of 7 to 8 hours. When you get to see the gorillas, you will be allowed to spend only one hour with the gorillas in their natural habitat.

Our Rwanda Gorilla Permits Booking Information is aimed at providing you details to prepare well for your gorilla safari.

Rwanda Gorilla permits prices are listed below:

  • $1500 Non Residents, East African Residents, East African Citizens, Rwandan Residents, Rwandan Citizens
  • 30% Discount (US$ 1,050) on gorilla permits if visiting other Rwanda national parks (Akagera national park, Nyungwe national park) for 3 days and more during the low season of November – May
  • 15% discount (US$ 1,275) on conference guests who stay pre & post MICE events to see gorillas
  • $15,000 for Private gorilla trekking of an entire group with an exclusive personalized tour guide service
  • US$ 30,000 for a minimum of 3 visitors for 3 consecutive days (Behind the scenes)

Rwanda Gorilla Permits
Discounted Gorilla Permits in Rwanda

How are Rwanda Gorilla Permits Allocated?

Initially, Rwanda Gorilla Permits were allocated according to gorilla families but since 2013 Rwanda gorilla permits have been sold according to the area of tracking.

As of now Rwanda gorilla permits are allocated based on; trekkers Age, level of fitness and number of pre-booked treks as discussed below.

When booking Rwanda gorilla permits, you are given an area of the track but on the actual day of trekking, you are allocated a  gorilla family to trek. This way, trekkers are linked to treks they can manage considering the fact that some families are hard to trek and require a good level of fitness.

The Age

Age is one of the items considered while allocating you to a particular gorilla family. One must declare the right age when booking the gorilla permit so that they are given the appropriate family for them to trek. The aging is normally given a gorilla family that they can easily trek so that they don’t get so tired before they can get to see the gorillas. As you may know, teenagers below 17 or adults above 50 years of age might need easy treks whereas young adults can be given hard treks depending on other factors like health and physical ability.

Your Physical Ability

In case someone is trekking gorillas but is handicapped, you are also given a gorilla group that he or she can manage. This was considered so that everyone can have a chance of seeing the gorillas because being with the mountain gorillas the only still surviving in the world is a dream come true. Sedan chairs and porters can be hired on the ground in case they are needed.

Number of Times Tracked

Some tourists prefer to trek gorillas twice so instead of trekking gorillas in one family twice, you are given an option of another family to trek. This is to provide you the chance to experience the joy of trekking different gorilla families in Rwanda. This is how Rwanda gorilla permits are allocated in Rwanda before heading for a gorilla search in the forest.

Please note that you do have a right to choose which family you intend to track in particular but requires you to book several months in advance. Each gorilla family has a character/trait that might match yours hence, recommended to visit a family you have something in common with. For example, if you are humble in character, some gorilla families are known for being extremely humble.

How to Acquire Rwanda Gorilla permits

Acquiring Rwanda gorilla permits require planning and booking ahead of time. Visiting with mountain gorillas in Rwanda is a strictly managed operation to protect the critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and to maintain their survival.

With only 10 habituated gorilla families available for visiting, the number of visitors who can go gorilla trekking on a single gorilla group is limited to 8 people per day, therefore, there is a total number of 80 Rwanda gorilla permits available a single day.

Numbers of people coming to Rwanda to track gorillas has grown over the years and is still growing which makes obtaining a gorilla permit to be done early enough to secure your spot. This is especially if you plan to travel during the high seasons / Dry seasons of December to March and June to September, this period being a dry season receives big numbers of visitors and its more favorable to go hiking without too much mud and slippery terrain. The rainy seasons of April – May, and November generally are not as competitive as the dryer seasons.

Book through Karisimbi Safaris Ltd

We have offices in Rwanda and have the capacity and ability to purchase Rwanda gorilla permits for travelers planning their gorilla trekking trip in Rwanda. We can also purchase your permit for Bwindi impenetrable forest in Uganda, Mgahinga national park, Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park for the Lowland gorilla trekking in the Congo.
Please feel free to contact us if you need to book a tour in Rwanda, or book your gorilla permit.

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