East African  residents can now save at least US$ 200 from each Rwanda Gorilla tracking permit. Many people have been complaining that Rwanda Gorilla trekking safaris are very expensive due to high cost of gorilla permits sold at US$ 750 each. I trust that saying is going to be history after the confirmation of discounted Gorilla permits at 30,000 frw  for Rwandan citizens, US$ 375 for foreign residents living in Rwanda and US$ 475 for East African residents staying in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi.

To be considered as an East African resident, one must have valid passport of one of the above mentioned nations or National Identification card or driver's permit, Voters Identification card or the equivalent that can clearly show your country of residence.

East African Foreign  residents are those staying in one of East African countries on official invitation to share their skills with citizens. However, others are East African Citizens by birth and eligible of getting Rwanda discounted mountain Gorilla permits.

When purchasing Rwanda Gorilla permits, East African foreign residents must present their valid work permit for at least three month on service  and passport copies. Scanned copies should be presented at the Rwanda Development Board (R.D.B) headquarters in Kigali.  More so, original copies of passport and work permits must be presented at Kinigi R.D.B office before allowed to track Gorillas.

At the briefing point, tourists are allocated gorilla groups to encounter according to their will. Weak, sick and aged are always allocated to trek nearby gorilla families at least 1-2 hours walk while fit ones and energetic can decide to track gorillas in distant areas - approximately  2 -7 hours or full day trek.

Whether discounted gorilla permit or not, all gorilla trekkers are given the some services in the course of trekking Rwanda mountain Gorillas. Each gorilla group is visited by a maximum of eight people and each group is led by experienced rangers guides to ensure safety and informative trek. At least two rangers escort the group of trekkers but one must be armed since bamboo forest of Volcanoes national park habour wild game of different categories- both herbivorous ( feeds on vegetables) and carnivorous (feeds on fresh) which can attack tourists.

Examples of vegetation feeding animals in volcanoes national park include Gorillas, golden monkeys and so on. Carnivorous animals include lions, leopards, reptiles like python, crocodiles among others.

Therefore, discounted gorilla permits  lowers the tourists' total safari cost since Rwanda citizen gets the discount of $ 700 ($ 750- $ 50), East African foreign residents $ 375 ($750- $ 475), while Foreign Rwanda citizens $ 275 ($750- $375). Another added advantage is that East African residents (Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and Kenya) are exempted from Rwanda visa so, there is free entry and exit- this reduces the safari cost more. Citizens of Rwanda are also freely enter sister country with our visa.