Rwanda slashes gorilla trekking fees to lure tourists

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Rwanda has slashed gorilla permit fees by 60-80% as the government endeavours to revive the tourism sector adversely hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park will now cost foreign nationals $500, while Rwandan citizens and foreign residents will pay $200, down from $1,400.

The new price regime is valid until December 31.

The decision was announced after a Cabinet meeting, chaired by President Paul Kagame. Rwanda has agreed to resume tourism activities after more than three months of inactivity due to the coronavirus lockdown.

“Domestic tourism and international tourism for visitors travelling with charter flights (individuals and groups) will resume. Hotels shall continue operations and are encouraged to participate in domestic tourism promotion and offer conference services,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Commercial flights, however, remain suspended.