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Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations to Follow

Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations are set in place to help visitors get the best when trekking the gorillas. These rules are similar in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. For those are planning to do a gorilla tracking safari in Uganda, endeavor to be equipped with a copy of these gorilla trekking rules and regulations. This will bring maximum enjoyment and safety for humans and the endangered gorillas.

Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations, Why You Must Know them?

Before trekking mountain gorillas, all travelers are supposed to attend to a simple briefing where the rules and regulations about gorilla trekking are spelled. Then the search for mountain gorillas in the forest begin. These rules in Uganda are implemented by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to protect the endangered mountain gorillas and travelers from the possibility of disease transmission from human to gorilla hence gorilla conservation.

Gorilla Trekking Rules and Guidelines To Follow


A. On the way to the Gorillas

Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulation to observe

a) Please always keep your voices at a low tone. You will then also be able to see the great bird life and other wildlife in the forest.
b) You will be taken to where the guides observed the gorillas the day before. From there you will follow the gorilla’s trail to find them. Look out for the gorilla’s nesting sites along the way
c) Kindly do not leave rubbish in the park. Whatever you bring into the forest should be carried back with you
d) A maximum number of 8 visitors may visit a group of habituated gorillas in a day. This minimizes behavioral disturbance to the gorilla families and the risk of their exposure to human-borne diseases.
e) When you approach the Gorillas, the guides will tell you to get ready and hence follow their advice throughout the trekking activity.


When you are with the Gorillas

What you must follow and observe as you get closure to the gorillas

a) A 5-meter distance should try to be observed at all times (15 feet) from the gorillas. This is to protect them from catching human diseases.
b) You must stay in tight group when you are near the gorillas.
c) Keep your voices down. However, it is OK to ask the guide questions.
d) Do not eat or drink while you are near the gorillas. Eating or drinking inevitably will increase the risk of food/drink morsels/droplets falling, which could increase the risk of transmission of diseases
e) Sometimes the gorillas charge. Follow the guides directives (crouch down slowly, do not look the gorillas directly in the eyes as you wait for them to pass). Do not try to take picture and do not attempt to run away as it would increase the risk.
f) Flash photography is not permitted! When taking pictures move slowly and carefully.
g) Do not touch the gorillas. They are wild animals. They might look cuddly but!
h) The maximum time you can spend with the gorillas is one hour. However, if the gorillas become agitated or nervous, the guide will finish the visit early.
i) After the visit keep your voices down until you are 200 metres from the gorillas.


General Health Rules

Know the basic health rules during the trekking activity

a) Remember gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. The following are ways to decrease the risk your visit might pose to them:
b) Respect the limits imposed on the number of visitors granted to track the gorillas each day. This minimizes the risk of disease transmission and stress to the group.
c) If you are feeling ill, or you are carrying a contagious disease, volunteer to stay behind. An alternative visit would be arranged for you, or be given back your money.
d) If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze when you are near the gorillas, please turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth to reduce the spread of bacteria or viruses.
e) Always stay 5 metres (15 feet) away from the gorillas. The further back you are, the more relaxed the group will be.
f) Do not attempt to touch the gorillas.
g) Do not smoke, drink or eat when you are with the gorillas.
h) Do not leave any rubbish (e.g. food wrappers) in the Park; foreign items can harbor diseases or other contaminants.
i) If you need to defecate, whilst in the forest, please ask the guide to dig you a hole with his panga. Make sure the hole is 30 centimetres deep and fill it when you are done.


What to Bring for Gorilla Trekking

Read here and pack the best items for your trekking experience

a) Wear comfortable hiking shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes.
b) Put on ear plugs for those who feel uncomfortable with the jungle sounds.
c) Carry a packed lunch and enough drinking water.
d) Carry rain gear, sunscreen lotion, a hat (as the weather is unpredictable) and insect repellent.
e) Bring a photo of film camera. Please Note that; Camera Flashlight is not permitted so we recommend using films of 400-800 ASA.
f) For more information about Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations, kindly contact our office via email or phone call.


Gorilla Trekking Procedures

What you  must observe during the trekking

a) Before setting to reach the gorillas, wash your hands
b) You should not eat or drink near the gorillas
c) Keep away at least 7 metres from the gorillas and make a retreat if they come closer
d) Feel free to ask your guide some questions but in low voices
e) In case you have cold or flu, do not trek as gorillas have no immunity

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