Complete Guide on How to Acquire a Rwanda Gorilla Permit

A brief Summary on Gorilla Trekking

In the whole world, you can only see the mountain gorillas ( Gorilla Berengei Berengei) in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. In Rwanda, these primates can be seen in the Volcanoes National Park, Parc Nationale Des Volcans. As of 2016, there are 7 mountain gorilla groups habituated making it 56 gorilla permits for visitors to Rwanda available every single day.  8 people per group can trek these endangered apes. Susa group is the best to track with 41 gorillas!

Expert guides give a pre-trek briefing on specific protocols and rules for visiting the gorillas that live within an altitude of 2500 and 4000m. Porters are available to help carry backpacks and cameras, as well as helping you with your footing along your hike which can be hard work.

At Great Rafiki Safaris prior to gorilla tracking in the Volcanoes national park Rwanda, we first book gorilla passes for our customers ahead of  actual tracking date as they often get finished quickly.

Price of a Rwanda Gorilla Permit

  • $1500 – Non Residents, East African Residents, East African Citizens, Rwandan Residents, Rwandan Citizens
  • 30% Discount (US$ 1,050) on gorilla permits if visiting other Rwanda national parks (Akagera national park, Nyungwe national park) for 3 days and more during the low season of November – May
  • 15% discount (US$ 1,275) on conference guests who stay pre & post MICE events to see gorillas
  • $15,000 for Private gorilla trekking of an entire group with an exclusive personalized tour guide service
  • US$ 30,000 for a minimum of 3 visitors for 3 consecutive days (Behind the scenes)

Let Us handle all your Rwanda Gorilla Permit Booking

Booking a Rwanda gorilla permit through our travel agency – Booking through Great Rafiki Safaris is a reliable option of obtaining a Rwanda gorilla permit. We are a fully registered with registrar of companies in Rwanda and Uganda therefore liable to be trusted.

Important Note: Its highly advisable to book your permit earlier than your planned gorilla trekking date as permits tend to get finished early. Volcanoes national park  is home to 10 mountain gorilla groups and each group can only have 1 group of 8 people visiting a day for only 1 hour. Today Rwanda is receiving so many visitors coming to tour gorillas. Its best to book early to guarantee your gorilla permits for the day interested to trek gorillas.

Tracking Time Limit

Assembling for briefing from one of the park rangers at the Kinigi park headquarters starts is limited to 7:00 – 7:30 at latest. Gorilla tracking time is limited from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All visitors are expected back at the camp ground by 7:00 p.m.

Refunds / Cancellation Guidelines

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) shall refund 50% of the gorilla tracking fee for any visitor showing signs of illness. Any sick visitor shall not be allowed to track the gorillas if declared unfit by the Warden in Charge. The only applies to visitors who have travelled all the way to the park.

Visitor’s Passport Information

After full confirmation of the booking, passport details of the trackers will be require at the UWA to enable writing out the gorilla permits. Please ensure the full names, passport number and country of passport issuance are sent.

Please note: You must be over 15 years of age to obtain a gorilla viewing permit.

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