Can you get a gorilla permit from the Rwanda Tourism Board?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2013 10:54 AM Last Post By: Allenm
Dec 13, 2012 9:46 PM
Dec 13, 2012 11:07 PM
Dec 16, 2012 9:19 AM
2I also emailed then and didn't get any reply. A couple of days before arriving in Kigali I emailed them again, no reply. I turned up in person, got two permits for the following day and they said they had got my emails!
TIA - this is Africa - no one replies to emails, at least not for a long, long time.
Dec 18, 2012 9:52 AM
3When I emailed them to get a permit in April of 2012, they responded within a few days, however from things I've read on here, they don't always respond. If you want, when I get to a computer that allows me to access my personal email account (lots of internet access restrictions at work) I can post the sig file on the emails I received, and you can try that address/phone number.
Dec 20, 2012 11:36 AM
Dec 22, 2012 12:17 AM
Jan 22, 2013 6:31 AM
6I booked my permit through Amahoro Tours in Musanze. They charge a little fee, but it saved me a lot of hassle. And they do respond to your e-mails. ;)
I paid in advance via phone using my credit card. Felt a bit unsure, but it worked well. I did a wonderful trek in December 2012 (we tracked the fantastic Hirwa group with adorable baby twins).
By the way ... when I arrived in Kisoro/Uganda only few days later, the UWA in Kisoro still had gorilla permits for the following (!) day available, both Mgahinga NP OR Bwindi NP. I just could not convince myself to spend another 500 US$ (plus driver), so I didn't go for a second gorilla trek. Next time. ;)
Jan 23, 2013 9:23 PM
Jan 23, 2013 10:50 PM
Feb 12, 2013 1:14 AM
best way to get hold of permits is through tours & travel companies. They always respond fast and are efficient at their jobs. I once got mine from rwandagorillapermits.com but there are several companies like kariburwanda.com, africa holiday guide etc. do a google search, contact like 2 or 3 and make a choice.
Nov 15, 2013 10:54 AM
10The best to get your gorilla permits without any hussle is to use a company with a presence in Kigali. At least the private sector understand the importance of efficient and responsive customer service. We got our gorilla permits through a locally based travel outfit. They were extremely fast at responding to emails and the process of sending money to them was hassle free. We had the option of sending the money to a UK bank which came in handy, as we had the comfort of knowing that our money was going into a credible banking institution. Try emailing Jackie at email@example.com. They also provide self drive car hire as we later found out, but we had already made car hire arrangements.
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