COMPARING UGANDA AND RWANDA GORILLA PERMIT AND TOUR

COMPARING UGANDA AND RWANDA GORILLA PERMIT AND TOUR-AFRICA ADVENTURE VACATIONS

There only three countries in the whole world where one can see the rare and endangered mountain gorillas. These are Rwanda, Uganda and democratic republic of Congo. Comparing Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking in is important to help tourists make the best decision. Uganda and Rwanda are the most popular countries for gorilla trekking and in this article we look at comparing Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking in 2018. As we wind up 2017, people need information to help them organize their tours.
When comparing Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking, one needs to look at the experience he or she will get if he/she chooses a given destination for gorilla trekking. Africa Adventure Vacations confirms that mountain gorillas are the same everywhere in Uganda and Rwanda. The time spent with gorillas in either country is the same. The experience with the gorillas may differ as this is dependent on several factors. Rest assured that whichever country you choose is worthy it. Africa Adventure Vacations continues to run gorilla safaris to Rwanda and Uganda and will be glad to advices you on the best way to go about deciding on a destination to visit.
Price of a gorilla permit is very important when comparing Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking. It has been confirmed that the price of gorilla permits in Rwanda is USD1500.00 while that of Uganda is USD600.00. Rwanda increased the price of gorilla permits from USD750.00 to USD1500.00 and Uganda followed by scrapping of low season gorilla discount at USD450.00. It therefore means that one can choose to visit Rwanda or Uganda depending on price. For those that want to save, its better to visit Uganda and those that can afford there no reasons why you should not visit Rwanda.
There is of course the usual advantages that one has to look at while choosing Rwanda over Uganda and the reverse is true. Rwanda has an advantage over Uganda when it comes to shorter distance from the airport to Volcanoes National Park. 2-3 hours needed only while it will require one to spend 8-9 hours from Entebbe Airport to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. In fact, people now prefer tracking Uganda gorillas through Kigali as it is short than when one uses Entebbe Airport. Africa Adventure Vacations remains one of the leading Tour operators in Uganda and the next time you think of trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, do contact us.

Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) Respond to Increase Of Rwanda Gorilla Permit Fees

In a press release by The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) through their website www.rdb.rw dated 6th May 2017, we learned of Rwanda’s decision to double the price of the gorilla tracking permit from US$750 to US$1500 for all visitors with immediate effect. The decision by our neighbors to insurmountably increase the price of their gorilla permit by 100% is based on farfetched research, backed by facts and steered by their country’s tourism strategy.

 

As Uganda Tour Operators and particularly AUTO, we would like to urge the Government of Uganda through the Uganda WILDLIFE Authority (UWA), the body mandated with conserving and promoting Uganda’s wildlife that Uganda should not blindly follow suit by imposing a sudden raise in the current price of the gorilla permit from the current US$600. As Uganda, we need not to be discriminatory in our pricing but rather systematic and consult with the stakeholders who have greatly marketed UGANDA since Gorilla tourism started.

The immediate change by RDB however does not accord tour operators in the East African region enough time to adapt to the tariffs neither does it allow them to communicate the changes to their clients. The decision to increase the price is discriminatory and presents a challenge for tour operators to honor contracts made with clients based on the previous rate. Price changes are often communicated with enough time in advance with respect to the laws of the market. While it is undeniable that gorilla tracking is a very special activity and the permit fee is largely a ‘conservation supporting fee’ rather than purely a business fee; we believe that it shouldn’t be confined only to the high-end travelers, rather it should be made accessible to every conservation conscious citizen of the world at reasonable rates and in a well-managed manner as has been done before. As Uganda, we must continue to welcome and encourage tourists from around the world to book safaris to Uganda while championing conservation and maintaining the carrying capacities of all our National Parks, conserving our wildlife and sharing the gains from tourism with the local communities along the value chain. We have to safeguard our image as an ecotourism and friendly destination in all aspects.

With more than half of the total world’s population of Mountain Gorillas, we believe that Uganda remains the single best country in the world to enjoy a gorilla safari and we must harness all efforts to attract visitors to Uganda.

The Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) takes this opportunity to welcome ALL tourists wishing to enjoy Gorilla tourism among other activities to visit Uganda the Pearl of Africa.

ASSOCIATION OF UGANDA TOUR OPERATORS (AUTO)