Uganda Gorilla tracking Rules and guidelines
Mountain Gorillas and humans share a lot in common. They are susceptible to human diseases like cough, etc. and also, mountain gorillas are endangered wild mammals and therefore, to keep both travelers and gorillas safe, there are a few guidelines to follow. Below are some of the rules and regulations when doing Gorilla tracking safari in Uganda;
Before trekking the mountain Gorillas
- All travelers must be aged 15 years and
- Wash your hands before you go for Gorilla trekking.
- Keep your voices low, by keeping your voices low this enables one to look out for different mammals in the forest, by lowering your voices you will have a chance to see more of the inhabitants of the forest.
- Do not live the Rubbish behind during your trek, the animals might eat the Rubbish and die; always keep all the Rubbish in bags and go back with them.
When you encounter with the Gorillas
- Always stand 7meters away from the Gorillas; the more you stand back the more relaxed they become to continue with their day to day life, witness them closely as they eat, play, groom each other, display their nests such a beautiful encounter.
- Always keep your voices low, however questions are allowed to be asked in case you need to know more.
- Stay in tight groups of eight do not move around the Gorillas may take charge, do not look direct in their eyes and do not run away this may increase the risk.
- You’re advised not to touch the Gorillas these are ‘wild animals’.
- Do not eat, smoke, drink this may live the droppings causing the Gorillas to eat and might lead to transmission of diseases.
- Flash Cameras with lights are not allowed during the trek as this may scare gorillas.
- The maximum time to spend with the mountain Gorillas is 1 hour. After all that time spent with the mountain Gorillas move 200 meters away and start talking, but in a low voice.
- Incase gorillas behave wildly; travelers are reminded to copy their movements, by crouching down to calm them down.
General health rules
- If you need to use a toilet, you need to dig a hole of about 30meters fill /cover it up after use.
- Although people with cough and flue are not allowed to trek the Gorillas, but in case you suffering from such diseases, like air borne diseases you must turn your head around, cough and sneeze while covering yourself in order not to pass on the diseases.
- If one feels ill or carrying a contagious diseases you’re advised to stay behind, you will be refunded.
What to bring with you.
- Flash cameras are not permitted, bring a film camera.
- Carry sunscreen, lotion, a hat, insect repellent, and a rain gear.
- Carry a packed lunch and enough bottled water.
- If you don’t feel comfortable with the sound of the jungle put on ear plugs.
- Wear comfortable hiking shoes, the forest is steep and slippery.