On May 6th the Rwandan government announced that the permit required to trek to visit the mountain gorillas will rise from $750 to $1,500 per person with immediate effect. Draconian stuff!
The rule affects all gorilla trekking organisations in Rwanda and all new permits will be charged at the higher rate. Permits that have already been paid for and issued will not be affected.
The Rwandan Tour and Travel Association (equivalent to our ABTA) asked for the implementation to be delayed six months, but the request was declined.
Gorilla permits in Uganda remain unchanged at $600 for the time being. When pressed the Ugandan ministry indicated that “Uganda does need to improve our infrastructure for visitors to the mountain gorillas …” So perhaps it’s a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ Uganda follows suite. For the time being it’s business as usual.