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Understanding the Cost of Gorilla Trekking & Permits

Mountain gorilla trekking is the most expensive tourist activity in Africa.

Gorilla permits alone, without considering other expenses, cost $1500 in Rwanda, $700 in Uganda, and $400 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This is quite costly for many travelers, reason why some of them opt for budget gorilla trekking.

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Mountain gorillas were nearly 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 (which later led to her death), their numbers have increased.

Conservation efforts continue today, requiring a substantial amount of funding, much of which comes from gorilla permits.

Mountain gorilla trekking is also expensive because the communities surrounding gorilla national parks must receive a portion of the income generated from gorilla permits.

Workers such as guides and rangers in the park must also be paid from this income.

These communities have reduced poaching because they benefit from gorilla trekking.

Additionally, mountain gorilla trekking requires spending money on transportation and accommodation.

Most lodges in national parks are quite costly, and choosing certain means of transport, such as air travel, as well as booking upscale lodges, can further increase the expenses associated with gorilla trekking.

Moreover, mountain gorilla trekking is not like other safari activities such as game viewing.

For gorilla trekking, you need to purchase specific requirements, such as waterproof hiking boots, garden gloves, a camera or lenses, insect repellents, and various trekking equipment.

The cost of gorilla trekking can also vary depending on the tour company you choose.

Some companies offer expensive rates for gorilla trekking tours, while others provide more reasonable rates.

It’s advisable to compare prices from different companies to find one that suits your budget.

Additionally, during the trip, you may incur additional expenses, such as tipping guides and purchasing souvenirs to take back home as mementos.

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

Mountain gorillas can only be found in four national parks in the world: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda (home to half of the population), Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Virunga National Park in Congo, and Mgahinga National Park, also in Uganda.

Although mountain gorilla trekking is the most expensive tourist activity in Africa, it is also one of the most sought-after activities on the continent.

Gorillas inhabit higher elevations with cold temperatures, but their long and thick fur helps them adapt to their environment.

Gorillas are the world’s largest living primates, sharing 98% of their DNA with humans, making them close relatives.

They also have unique nose prints, just as humans have unique thumbprints.


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