Guess what? Rwanda’s gorilla tourism is still rocking, and they’re keeping the good times rolling with their budget-friendly deals. So, here’s the scoop from English News on Saturday (January 27, 2024): If you’ve ever dreamt of trekking with gorillas in the Virunga Massif of Northern Rwanda, now’s your chance!
Normally, it costs a cool USD 1,500 for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. But since the pandemic shook things up, Rwanda decided to throw us all a bone. They slashed the ticket prices to USD 500 for foreign tourists and fellow Africans get an even sweeter deal at just USD 200. Talk about a steal!
Gatera, the brain behind a tour company in Rwanda, is all for this extension. He’s hyped about how affordable these promo prices make the whole gorilla trekking gig.
“Extending the promo rates is a game-changer! It opens up the chance for more folks to go gorilla trekking because, let’s face it, it’s a bit easier on the wallet,” he grinned.
And guess what? These pocket-friendly rates aren’t just good news for adventure seekers; they’re also making it rain for the government and tour operators. It’s a win-win!
Other tour peeps are singing the same tune, saying these promo rates make their lives easier when it comes to luring in tourists. Who knew a discount could be so good for business?
Tourism guru Mukandekezi is predicting that these slashed rates might just boost tourism across East Africa.
“Loads of travelers might hop on the East African single tourist visa bandwagon, giving them access to Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda – all with just one piece of paper,” she spilled.
And here’s the cherry on top: Thanks to all the conservation efforts, the gorilla gang in Rwanda is thriving. The 2016 headcount hit 604 in the Virunga Massif, and now, they’re living their best lives with a whopping 1,063 strong. No more “endangered” label for these party animals! So, if you’ve got gorillas on your bucket list, now’s the time to go bananas in Rwanda!