update (09 May 2017): Uganda's AUTO issues stark warning to Uganda Wildlife Authority not to follow suit (by Wolfgang H. Thome) >>
The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has with immediate effect increased the price of gorilla permits in Rwanda from US$ 750 to US $1,500 for all visitors. The price increase will not affect tourists who purchased their permits prior to the introduction of the new rates (06 May 2017). Along with the new tariff, the tourism revenue sharing rate for communities adjacent to Volcanoes National Park will also increase from 5% to 10%. This will quadruple the absolute revenues received by the communities.
In line with Rwanda's high-end tourism strategy, the price increase aims to strengthen conservation efforts and contribute more to the development of communities living around the Volcanoes National Park.