Rwanda Slashes Gorilla Permits
Rwanda tourism Board has slashed the cost of gorilla permits by between 60% and 80% till 31st December 2020. Apparently, travelers going o to visit mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park can now pay $200 for Rwandan citizens, East African residents and foreign residents. In the same way, foreign non-residents will pay $500 a big discount from the initial $1500. Rwanda Development Board announced to the public on this new initiative urging travelers and tour operators to take advantage of the discounted permits and enjoy the life changing gorilla trekking experience at cheaper prices. For the past 2 and a half years (since May 2017), Rwanda has been selling the most expensive gorilla tours in the whole world. The high costs of Rwanda gorilla safaris transformed into a luxury gorilla safari destination. The major reason for the introduction of discounted Rwanda gorilla permits is to encourage more travels and revise the tourism industry, which has been adversely hit by the deadly corona Virus. All national parks in Rwanda (Volcanoes, Nyungwe Forest & Akagera National park) were closed to tourism in March 2020 when Rwanda registered its first positive case. Fortunately, Rwanda tourism was reopened in June 2020 after three months of no travels. Currently all tourism activities in Rwanda are done daily but travelers MUST take precautions and follow all the guidelines given by Rwanda ministry of health and Rwanda Development Board to promote sustainable tourism.
How to visit Rwanda Amidst Corona Virus
Only travelers already in Rwanda are allowed to visit tourist attractions in the country. Also, visitors with charted and direct flights are allowed to land into Kigali International Airport. However, the airport is still closed for commercial flights and those visiting friends and families. Also, hotels, lodge and all accommodation services re operating at lesser costs. Hotels are also offering promotional and conference services to travelers. Rwanda Development Board is strongly recommending and encouraging domestic travels
Offers for group tours
Are you traveling in a group? Rwanda Development Board is offering a 15% to 30% discount for group tours visiting to trek mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National park and chimpanzee tours to Nyungwe Forest National Park. All these offers are put to encourage continuous travels, support and promote sustainable tourism in the Land of A thousand Hills.
Safety on your Rwanda safari Amidst Covid19
In order to ensure safety of travelers in Rwanda, the ministry of health and Rwanda Development Board encourage all domestic tourists to take a Covid19 test 48 hours before visiting any of the national park. Those who test positive are quarantined and stopped from visiting wild animals.
More so traveler visiting mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest are encouraged to keep 10-meter distance away from the primates. Gorillas and chimps are at a high risk of catching the deadly corona virus given the close relativity with people.
Positive response to tourism in Rwanda after reopening
Since the reopening of Rwanda to travels, Rwanda Development Board has seen a positive response. New travelers both locals and internationals have been seen visiting different tourist destinations in Rwanda including gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National park.
Government Support for Travel Operators
The government of Rwanda has further waived off Pay as you earn Tax for all Travel operators in Rwanda till December 2020. This also applies to all employees in the tourism and hospitality sector with a net salary of $160 (Rwf150, 000). This will enable them recover from the losses incurred in cancellations due to Covid19. More so, the government of Rwanda is planning to invest over $152 million in RwandaAir in the financial year 2020/2021.
Travel to Rwanda today, grab the discounted permits and trek mountain gorillas for as low as $200. The re introduction of local and regional permit fares will also help Rwanda recover and thrive.
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