Intrepid Travel is advising agents that it is still offering permits to see the gorillas in Rwanda for US$750 despite local authorities announcing that prices would double from May.
The company pre-purchases permits for its scheduled group treks in Volcanoes National Park and its clients will be among the last to enjoy the experience at the reduced price on scheduled group tours.
The Rwanda Development Board announced in May that gorilla permits would double in price to US$1500 effective immediately in a bid to strengthen conservation efforts and contribute more to the development of communities in the area.
Intrepid offers gorilla safaris as part of eight African itineraries ranging from 16 to 64 days and the lower price is valid on all remaining 2017 departures.
Tours include the 16-day Gorillas and Game Parks (from £2,120 per person, including the permit), an overland adventure through Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, including a close encounter with the gentle giants in their natural habitat.
Intrepid’s head of trade sales Andrew Turner said the gorillas continued to be a drawcard for the region with sales for Rwanda tours up more than 20% for 2017.
“A gorilla encounter is an extraordinary experience that stays with you for life. This is a great chance for agents to save their clients hundreds of pounds,” said Turner.
“However, with Uganda maintaining its permit cost at US$600, some Intrepid tours will move to neighbouring Bwindi National Park from 2018 to keep costs down for travellers.”