Are you interested in Rwanda as your next Africa safari destination? Don’t hesitate to take a Rwanda safari tour because there are lots of Africa wildlife safari activities to engage in including Rwanda birding safaris, Rwanda wildlife safaris, Rwanda chimpanzee trekking safaris, Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris, boat cruise safaris Rwanda, nature walks, cycling safaris Rwanda and many more.
If you have already planned this trip, I know you may be worried about why gorilla safaris Rwanda are expensive! Well, here is an explanation about this!
An encounter with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is undeniably among the most expensive venture on African safaris. Thousands of travellers have taken part in this mountain gorilla life-changing activity; gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Uganda gorilla safaris while others hope to come in the near future.
Many people say that gorilla trekking safaris In Rwanda are for Rich! Why? This is because a single gorilla permit costs $ 1500 for an hour’s interaction with the gorillas compared to Uganda gorilla trekking permit which costs only. This surely indicates that; the activity is not for the poor. This money is paid throughout the year regardless of the season and Rwanda’s case its paid by all people regardless of one’s nationality.
What makes their gorilla permit expensive?
The high rates for permits are associated with limiting the demand to the available gorilla permits so as to avoid overexploitation and exceeding the carrying capacity of gorillas in Virunga.
Mountain gorillas are prone to human diseases. Therefore, expensive gorilla permits save mountain gorillas from getting deadly human diseases that can be caused by too many crowds in the jungle since gorilla trekking in Rwanda or gorilla trekking in Uganda is a dream for most travellers and hence the high demand for the permits limits them.
Due to poaching and human encroachment on the gorilla habit, gorilla permits are charged high so as to use part of the contribution for the conservation of gorilla habitat.
Since mountain gorillas are endangered species in the world, mountain gorillas require continuous monitoring to ensure they are safe. Therefore, part of the money collected in gorilla permits is used to pay people who monitor the wellbeing of mountain gorillas.
Contribution from Rwanda gorilla safari tours is an indirect source of local livelihood for the communities adjacent to gorilla national parks. Rwanda government shares 10% of the revenue earned to local communities to improve their standards of living.
Have you visited Dian Fossey grave in Rwanda?
Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda Rwanda Congo, is a very famous Africa wildlife safari activity that doesn’t miss on many traveller’s bucket lists. Travellers planning a Uganda safari can enjoy their Uganda gorilla safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. In Rwanda during your Rwanda safari, you can enjoy your Rwanda gorilla safari in Volcanoes National Park and for those interested in Congo safaris, you can enjoy your Congo gorilla safari tour in Virunga National Park for mountain gorillas and Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking safaris Congo.
Dian Fossey grave Rwanda safaris
Many of the travellers that undertake gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, add the hike to Dian Fossey tomb in their itinerary on their Rwanda safari. The Dian Fossey grave yard hike is a learning experience for travellers providing them with the in-depth understanding of Genesis of gorilla trekking tourism in Rwanda and how an America primatologist sacrificed her life to save the rare mountain gorillas that were at the verge of extinction by then.
Dian Fossey funded various projects to protect the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She hired patrols to arrest poachers and paid veterinary doctors to treat the injured gorillas hence putting an end to poaching.
When Dian Fossey made up her mind to die for gorillas, she established a research Centre “karisoke Research Centre”. Her mission to protect Rwanda’s mountain gorillas against poaching generated hatred and negative attitudes by poachers who revised all means to assassinate her.
Hiking to the graves is not as easy as you may think but it is quite short-lasting for roughly 1-3 hours from the starting point. The hike is not as energetic as hiking the Virunga volcanoes but it is quite tiresome requiring one to be physically fit and committed. To ease the movements, travellers are also reminded to wear hiking boots to overcome the muddy and slippery grounds, especially in the rainy season. Similarly, dress in long trousers, which you will tack into stockings to prevent bites from ground insects and being hurt by stinging nettles.
Just like any other popular activity in Volcanoes national park, all participants in hiking to Dian Fossey graveyard are required to have a valid permit which goes for $ 75. Travellers are also encouraged to carry other relevant travel documents such as passports for clarification. Travellers can access these permits on the actual day of hiking at the karisoke research centre.