Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations plus Guidelines
In Uganda, there are gorilla trekking rules and regulations set by the park authorities for human and animal safety. After booking a gorilla permit, you need to understand the rules that govern the gorilla adventure you are about to undertake. These guidelines were set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) as protective measures in the conservation agenda. The regulations apply at both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. It is always good to follow the set rules to remain safe and for sustainable gorilla tourism.
When you encounter the gorillas, please try to be submissive as much as possible.
– Try to give a sideways glance; don’t look at them straight in the face.
– Stay in a tight group,
– Talk softly or in whispers
– They don’t like flash photography
Gorillas are Wild
Mountain Gorillas are a bit wild and should not be provoked recklessly.
According to its warning/notice, UWA does not take any responsibility for any injury sustained by wild animals in their habitats, therefore, always:
• Keep your flight distance about 7 metres from them
• Know that gorillas have freedom of way
• Do not feed the gorillas
• Do not entice them to get into contact with you in any way.
• Do not eat in the vicinity of the gorillas
There are currently approximately 1000 mountain gorillas remaining in the wild. It is the reason why they are classified as endangered species. To avoid transmitting human diseases to them,
1. Try to avoid tracking if you suffer from contagious disease. In case you develop a sever case of flu, your money will be fully refunded if you make this known in advance.
2. Do not sneeze towards them
3. Do not spit in the forest or defecate carelessly. If you need to the guides will help you with a matchet to dig a hole to bury your waste.
4. Do not track if under age – only 15 years and above can track.
You can read more about these gorilla trekking rules and guidelines so that you understand them well before your safari. These regulations widely apply to gorilla trekking adventures in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo