The legal tourism body of Uganda has reduced the cost of a gorilla permit in an effort to lure more tourists to the country which has half of the mountain gorillas left in the whole world.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority has therefore reduced the fees from $500 to $350 per permit for each gorilla safari trek. This has been done at a time when two new gorilla families have been introduced in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda. Basing on the words from the UWA Director, Dr. Andrew Seguya, this marketing move is likely to increase the number of gorilla safari permits sold every day, from 64 to atleast 80. It should be noted that the price cut applies only to the months of March, April, May, October and November.
Uganda is home to the mountain gorillas in Uganda with about 700 mountain gorillas which leave in the thick tropical forest of Bwindi, the other gorillas are found in Rwanda’s parc des volcanoes. Gorilla trekking tourism is the highest revenue contributor both in Uganda and Rwanda, the decrease in price is likely to bring in competition for tourist between Uganda and Rwanda.