Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations : While planning for Uganda Rwanda Safaris to see the gorillas, there are some Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations that you should know as a gorilla trekking guest. Some of these are re-echoed to you on the morning of the gorilla trekking day by the Park rangers from Uganda Wildlife Authority. These are:
- Before entering the forest for the gorilla experience, always wash your hands.
- A group of 8 visitors is the maximum number of people allowed to visit a group of habituated mountain gorillas. This number of people in a group makes the gorillas minimize behavioral disturbance and less risk of exposure to human-borne diseases.
- Usually in this experience, you’re supposed to be taken to the place where the guide last saw the gorillas the day before. From that place, that’s when you will follow the gorillas’ trails to find them. Be kin of the nesting sites along the way.
- The guide will tell you when to start taking pictures once you reach the mountain gorillas.
- Once you are in the forest, ensure that your voice is kept low to observe the special bird life and other wild animals that seek refuge in these impenetrable forests, Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations.
- You’re not allowed to litter the forest with rubbish, endeavor to take back whatever you came within the forest.
- Visitors with any slight signs of air borne diseases like cough and flu are strictly not allowed to go for Uganda gorilla trekking Safaris as they might pass on these diseases to the gorillas.
When with the mountain gorillas
- It is okay to ask the park ranger any question but you must keep your voice low all the time.
- You are supposed to be in a group, avoid splitting while you are next to the gorillas on Gorilla Tours.
- You’re supposed to keep a distance of 21 feet away from the mountain gorillas. This helps to avoid gorillas from getting human disease transmission.
- You’re not supposed to drink or eat near the mountain gorillas
- You’re not supposed to look straight in the eyes of the mountain gorillas because most of the time they charge, follow the park ranger’s example crouch down slowly and wait for the gorillas to pass, and don’t attempt to run away, this can be a risk of attack by the gorillas.
- The mountain gorillas are wild animals, you’re not supposed to touch them.
- When taking pictures of the gorillas, the camera is not supposed to have a flashlight and sound. Always move slowly and be careful in each step you take near them.
- Once you find the mountain gorillas, you’re only allowed to interact with them in only one hour. This rule is put up to avoid the disturbance of these gorillas. Once the mountain gorillas are nervous or agitated, the park ranger will immediately call off the meet with the gorillas while on Uganda Tours.
- At 200 meters away from the mountain gorillas, you’re supposed to still keep your voice low even after leaving the forest.
General health rules
When it comes to mountain gorillas, they are so sensitive to human diseases. These are the rules you’re supposed to follow to minimize the risk you might pose to them.
- Once you feel sick or feel and contagious disease like flu or cough while you are in the park, please stay behind and the park will arrange to refund your money back you.
- Just in case you feel like coughing or sneezing when you are near the mountain gorillas, please turn your head away and cover your mouth and nose so that you avoid spreading the viruses or bacteria to the mountain gorillas.
- Keep 21 feet away from the mountain gorillas. This will keep the group relaxed once you’re not close to them.
- All visitors that come to the forest are supposed to respect the limit of time that was put up for being around the mountain gorillas. This helps the risk of disease transmission and tension in the group, Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations.
- You’re not allowed to leave any rubbish in the park, put it where it’s supposed to be.
- Once you want to ease yourself while in the forest, please ask the park ranger to dig a hole and ensure you cover it when you finish the long call.
The above rules, and more as stipulated by the rangers, must be followed and once you apply for a permit, you contribute a lot to the conservation of these mountain Gorillas.
The community near the park gets a percentage of the funds raised from the park entrance and the money given is shared with the locals living adjacent to the park in order to help contribute to developing their projects and also improve the natural resources management in the park area.
NB: Any major or minor infringement in the Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations above may lead to the termination of tracking without any refund.