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Rules to Follow when Meeting the Gorillas

Mountain Gorilla Trekking Rules, Rules & Regulations For Gorilla Trekking in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo

While tracking gorillas, don’t forget that you’re encountering them in their habitat and that this is not a zoo experience. Respect them in their environment along with their behavior and know that you’re a guest in their world.

Gorillas are not as aggressive as they seem for these are gentle, shy though strong. That’s why when it charges you will have to follow the guide’s instructions.

The habituated groups interact with tourists every single day, so they’re pretty used to people.

The tracking guide will tell you more about how to behave when you’re in the presence of these endangered species and below are things you should keep in mind.

  • Keep a low tone of voice while with the gorillas.
  • Don’t ever run from a gorilla if one approaches you just act submissive and crouch down.
  • Don’t go gorilla tracking if you’re sick gorillas are susceptible to human illnesses, and if one gorilla in the group catches flu from you, then the entire group could die.
  • If you sneeze or cough, turn your head away from the gorillas so as not to spread your germs.
  • Don’t eat or drink in front of gorillas.
  • Keep a distance away from the gorillas. If one comes near you like the young ones. The guide will tell you what to do.
  • You are not allowed to litter while in forest
  • Flash photography is not allowed since it can upset the gorillas.
  • Keep close as a group; do not scatter your selves.
  • Spitting in the park is strongly prohibited.

How to Get A Gorilla Trekking Permit

To acquire a Gorilla permit varies from one country to another. For example in Uganda, one can book directly through the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) by emailing/ contacting them directly to book and reserve you a permit.

One can also book through an authorized tour operator to book for them the Gorilla Trekking Permit. The information must be provided earlier before the real date of visiting. In Uganda, the Gorilla Trekking Permit costs US $600 per person.

In Rwanda you can book direct through the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) or an authorized tour Operator. and these cost US $1500 per person where as in DR Congo these cost US $400 per person interested in watching the rare species of Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National park and Eastern Lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park.

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