Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tips

For any traveller preparing to do a gorilla tracking safari either in Uganda, the following information would apply;

Before your departure for gorilla trekking:

  • A maximum number of 8 members are only allowed to visit a group of habituated mountain gorilla in a day. This helps to reduce exposure to human-borne diseases.
  • When you set off to the forest always keep your voice low to avoid scaring away the primates and you will be fortunate to spot the great bird life and other wildlife that live in the forest.
  • When in the forest do not leave any rubbish, whatever you come with into the forest should be carried back out with you.
  • You must keep a distance of about 7-9metres away from the gorillas to make the gorillas relaxed.
  • When you meet the gorillas you must stay in a tight group don’t stay alone to avoid risking
  • Try to keep your voice down as much as you can; however, don’t fear to ask your guide questions you feel like
  • You are not allowed to smoke, drink or eat when with gorillas. As this could increase the risk of transmission of diseases, Eating or drinking certainly will increase the risk of food/drink morsels/droplets falling
  • Always follow the guide’s instruction when with the gorillas. When a gorilla charges, squat down slowly and avoid looking directly into its eyes till it passes away.
  • You are not allowed to use Flash cameras when taking photos and when taking pictures move slowly and carefully to avoid irritating the primates.
  • You should not touch gorillas. They are wild animals
  • You are only allowed one hour with gorillas while observing their behaviours as well as taking photos. However if the gorillas become stressed or nervous, the guide will finish the visit early to avoid risks.
  • After the activity keep your voices down until you are 200 meters away from these gorillas.