When the change in gorilla permit fees was announced on 6, May 2017, RDB stated that tourists who, in addition to gorilla trekking, also visited either Nyungwe National Park and Akagera National Park for a minimum of three days during the low season(November-May) would receive a discount of 30%.
This was in addition to a 15% discount for conference tourists who stayed pre-or post-conference dates to see gorillas.
AP wrongfully states that ’fees have been reduced by 30 per cent for the low season in the hope that visitors will return.
The AP report further states that ‘Following the drop in tourist numbers, Volcanoes National Park decided to reduce the fee from November to May to $1,050’.
The discounts that RDB announced in 2017 were part of our strategy to encourage visits to Akagera National Park and Nyungwe National Park as well as encourage conference guests to visit the gorillas.86