Gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda

Rwanda issues out 96 gorilla permits for 12 gorilla families every day.

Rwanda Gorilla Permit

A Rwanda gorilla permit is a card issued by Rwanda development board to allow any visitor access volcanoes national park for gorilla trekking. Rwanda gorilla trekking permit is valid for one day and it gives you only 1 hour being with these giant apes as you learn about their behaviors.

Those who want to trek mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park can get a gorilla permit from Rwanda development board or through any trusted tour operator.

Rwanda issues out 96 gorilla permits for 12 gorilla families every day. A gorilla permit in Rwanda costs $1500 per person per trek. Most tourists in volcanoes national park not only do gorilla trekking but also golden monkey trekking. There are only 32 golden monkey permits on a single day and each permit costs $100.

If you don’t want disappointments, you are advised to book a gorilla trekking permit in advance for proper planning. Rwanda allows transfer of gorilla permits once and it should be done in 30 days before the final date of visitation. Transfer of gorilla permits in Rwanda is free and one only needs a permit reference number or a booking reference number to begin the process.

Reschedule of Rwanda gorilla permit

Rescheduling of gorilla trekking permits is the changing the travel dates and these dates can only be changed with in a certain period in the same year and not to the next year. Rescheduling a permit fee is 20% of the total permit fee. Rescheduling a gorilla permit requires a permit number or a booking reference number to begin the process.

Reschedule expired gorilla permits due to unforeseen circumstances

This service is only available to visitors that did not make it due to unforeseen circumstances. Tourists are allowed to apply for rescheduling of their expired gorilla permits in Rwanda. The tourists need to attach a documentary evidence on the unforeseen circumstances that made them missing the actual date. The decision to give you a new gorilla permit is left to the authorities of Rwanda Development Board. The rescheduling takes 15 days and to begin the process you will need a permit number.

Application for personalized gorilla trekking package

This costs $1500 and the tourists get to choose the time they want to trek these mountain gorillas, the trekking is luxury in that they can be briefed from their hotels by well-trained rangers before going for trekking. They are also allowed to spend more time with mountain gorillas.

Gorilla trekking can also be done in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park of Uganda as well as Virunga national park of DR Congo. In all national parks a tourist must possess a gorilla trekking permit in order to meet gorillas. For the case of Uganda, its $700 and for Virunga national park its $400.

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