Why is Gorilla Trekking so Expensive?

Why is Gorilla Trekking so Expensive?

Gorilla trekking is expensive because Mountain Gorillas are endangered and only in three countries of the world. Because of this, many people have wished to go Gorilla trekking which has made governments increase the cost of permits as a way of minimizing numbers visiting these natural habitats daily. 

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Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Mountain Gorillas are only found in the African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. To see mountain gorillas a tourist needs to take a trekking tour on Uganda Gorilla Safaris, Rwanda Gorilla Tours or Congo Gorilla Trekking Safaris

A Uganda Gorilla trekking permit costs US$ 700, in Rwanda it costs US$ 1500 and US$ 450 for a permit in Congo. Mountain Gorilla Trekking is known to be one of the most expensive safari activities, however, there are reasons as to why Gorilla Permits are expensive and here is why;

Habitat & Gorilla protection: Controlling the number of people entering these natural habitats daily is the only way to conserve both the endangered mountain gorillas as well as their remaining natural habitat. Remember, the mountain gorillas live in their natural habitat and attempts to have them in zoos failed. These are great apes that are very susceptible to human diseases and if there is congestion in their habitat it could pose a threat to their wellbeing. 

Gorilla conservation: The other factor is also that mountain gorillas are a conservation based species as efforts from conservationists have yielded good results with the population steadily increasing.  Conservation of the mountain gorillas requires funds and therefore contributes to the value of how much each person must pay to interact with a family of these gentle giants. The highest percentage (about 75%) of the money collected from gorilla permits goes to conservation. 

Safety and monitoring of Mountain Gorillas: Each day mountain gorillas should be kept safe and protected from poachers and any other threats. That’s why conservationists, trackers, guards, gorilla doctors and many more should be at the park daily to ensure their safety. The services of the several people who ensure safety of mountain gorillas each day are expensive and therefore contributes to the expense of the gorilla permit. 

Local community development: This is also essential in order to keep the surrounding population from destroying the forests for survival. These gorilla habitats were formerly home and source of survival for the Batwa people as well as communities around these parks. After being evicted from the park, there’s an initiative to help them cope with life outside the forest and avoid poaching. Health facilities, roads, educational facilities have been constructed as a benefit to these communities to keep them away from the forest and this contributes to why gorilla trekking is so expensive. 

Gorilla Trekking may seem expensive but worth the money. Tourists who have had Gorilla trekking experiences before testify to the fact that it is a memorable activity. Imagine having a unique experience and knowing that a percentage from your permit cost is going to help conservation efforts and support those that dedicate their lives to protect these mountain gorillas as well as their habitats.

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