To go gorilla trekking in either Uganda or Rwanda, you need a gorilla permit.
Gorilla permit prices in Rwanda are as follow;
Non Residents – $1500
East African Residents – $1500
Rwandan Citizens – $1500
RDB is the body that governs tourism in Rwanda. You can contact them via email or telephone using;
Tel: +252 57 65 14
Tour operators are a reliable avenue of purchasing a gorilla permit. Tour operators know when and where to go to book and pay for your permits, and for many of then a gorilla permit is part of a safari package they offer.
A few things to note:
Because gorilla tracking is growing more and more popular by the day, it is important that you make your permit booking early so that you get one made for your desired date. The volcanoes National Park has only 10 gorilla groups, with each group receiving only one group of 8 visitors for 1 hour each day. Gorilla permits therefore tend to get finished early because everyone is trying to get a piece of the adventure.
Age limit: you must be over 15 years of age to be eligible for a gorilla permit.
Of refunds and cancellations: RDB refunds 50% of the gorilla trekking fee, if a visitor is found to be sick in anyway, or shows signs of illness while at the park. Sick people are not allowed to go gorilla trekking.
Time limit: A day of gorilla tracking basically runs from 7am to 7pm. There is briefing at the park headquarters at 7:00am, and gorilla tracking starts at 8:30 am. By 7pm all visitors should be back from tracking. Each tracking groups gets only 1 hour of interaction with the gorillas.
Accommodation: There are several hotels and lodges in the area, so you can book any with the information provided to you by your travel agency, or by contacting the hotels.
Passport information: you will be required provide your passport information to RDB or to your travel agency of choice for the purpose of writing out details on the gorilla permit. Be sure to provide accurate information.
But you can always be sure to find gorillas on your gorilla tour in Volcanoes National Park.
And finally, enjoy your gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda….