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Why is Gorilla Trekking & Gorilla Permits So Expensive?

Gorillas can only be found in four national parks in the world and that Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in Uganda having half of the population, volcanoes national park in Rwanda, and Virunga national park in Congo and Mgahinga national park still in Uganda.

Though mountain gorilla trekking is the most expensive tourist’s activity in Africa it’s also one of the most sought activities in the continent. Gorillas live on higher elevations with cold temperatures but they have long and thick long fur that helps them to adapt to their environment.

Gorillas are the world’s largest living primates with 98% of their DNA similar to that of humans making them close relatives, they also have their nose prints unique to each individual just like humans have thumb prints unique to each of them.

Why is gorilla trekking so expensive?

Mountain gorilla trekking is expensive because first of all is the most expensive tourist activity in Africa, gorilla permits alone without other expenses cost $1500 in Rwanda, $600 in Uganda and $400 in the Democratic Republic of  Congo and this is quite expensive for many travellers.

Mountain gorillas were almost getting extinct in the 19th century but due to the conservation efforts of Dian Fossey an American primatologist who dedicated her life to the conservation and study of mountain gorillas that later led to her death. The conservation efforts have continued today and a lot of money is needed for conservation therefore this money is got from gorilla permits.

Mountain gorilla trekking is also expensive because communities surrounding gorilla national parks must be given a portion of income got from gorilla permits and workers like guides and rangers in the park must also be paid with the same income. The communities have reduced poaching because they are benefiting from gorilla trekking.

Mountain gorilla trekking is also expensive because you will need to spend money on transportation and accommodation. Most lodges in national parks are very expensive and using certain means of transport such as air transport and booking up market lodges can also increase the expense of gorilla trekking.

Mountain gorilla trekking is also expensive because it’s not like any other safari activity like game viewing, for gorilla trekking you will need to buy some requirements you will need like good water proof hiking boots, garden gloves, camera or lenses, insect repellents and all other trekking equipments.

Gorilla trekking can also become expensive sometimes according to the tour company you use; some companies offer expensive rates for gorilla trekking tours while others give fair rates. It’s always good to compare prices between different companies so that you can opt for the one you can afford.

Mountain gorilla trekking is also expensive because during the trip you will need some additional expenses like tipping guides and buying souvenirs to take back home for remembrance.

In conclusion, gorilla trekking is expensive but the trek is worth and you contribute to the conservation of the great apes for future generations.

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