Gorilla Tracking Rules And Guidelines

Exclusive African Safaris provides custom tailored gorilla tracking safari packages best suiting client’s needs and preferences as well as budget. If you are planning a gorilla tracking safari in Uganda, the following gorilla tracking rules and guidelines need to be followed (The rule and regulation of gorilla tracking is set out in the printed leaflet by the Uganda Wildlife Authority Gorilla Rules).

Necessary Rules For Gorilla Tracking Safari In Uganda: –

Before Departure For Gorilla Tracking: –

  1. Maximum 8 number of visitors may visit in a group of habituated mountain gorillas on a daily basis. It will lead to minimum behavioral disturbances to the gorillas and lessen the chances of their exposure to human borne diseases.
  2. You should wash your hands always before heading over to tracking gorillas.

Along The Way Of Gorilla Tracking Tour: –

  1. You should keep the level of your voice as low as possible. On your gorilla tracking safari, you will get to see the greatest concentrations of bird species and other wildlife along the forest.
  2. You should not leave any rubbish thing while going on a tracking safari in Uganda. This means, whatever things or accessories you bring for your gorilla tracking trip should be carried out back with you.
  3. You will be taken to the sites where the tour guides seen the gorillas the day before. From right there, you will follow the trail of gorillas to search them. Even, you will be able to look out for the nestling sites of gorillas along the way.
  4. When you will approach to the mountain gorillas, the tour guides will inform you to get ready.

When You Are Nearer To Gorillas: –

  1. At least 7 meter (21 feet) distance should be maintained to observe the gorillas all times. The more distance you will be, the more relaxed your group will be.
  2. You need to stay tight to your groups when you are up close with the gorillas.
  3. You should keep down your voice. Remember that, it is okay to ask questions to the tour guides.
  4. You shouldn’t smoke, eat or drink when you are nearer to the gorillas as eating or drinking near to them will increase the chances of food or drink morsels or droplets falling; which will cause the risk of disease transmission.
  5. Oftentimes the gorillas charge. You should follow the guides; for instance crouch down slowly, don’t look at the gorillas directly on to their eyes and always wait for the animals to pass. You shouldn’t make an attempt to run away because that will increase the risk factor.
  6. Flash photography is not allowed. When taking photographs, you should move slowly and carefully.
  7. Don’t ever try to touch gorillas as they are wild in nature.
  8. The maximum time you will get to spend with gorillas is one hour. If the gorillas become nervous or agitated, the tour guide will finish your gorilla tracking tour early.
  9. After visiting, you should keep the voice down until you are away 200 meters from the gorillas.

General Health Rules For Gorilla Tracking Tour: –

Keep in mind that mountain gorillas are quite susceptible to human diseases. Hence, following gorilla tracking rules should be considered to minimize the risk your visit might poses to them:

  1. You should obey the rule imposed on the number of visitors allowed to be with gorillas everyday. It can minimize the chances of disease transmission and the stress to the group.
  2. If you are ill or you are suffering from a contagious disease, it will be best for you to stay behind. Other alternative trip will be arranged for you or you will be refunded your money.
  3. If you feel urge to sneeze or cough when nearer to the gorillas, you should turn away your head and cover your mouth and nose in order to lessen spreading the bacteria and viruses.
  4. Always stay at least 7 meters (21 feet) away from the gorillas in order to prevent them against catching human diseases.
  5. Don’t ever leave any thing like food wrappers in the parks as these items can harbor diseases or other contaminants.
  6. If you want to go to the toilet while tracking gorillas in the forest, please feel free to ask the guides to dig a hole for you with his panga and make sure that hole is 30 cm deep and fit it in when you are finished.

Things To Bring On a Gorilla Tracking Safari: –

  1. Always wear comfortable hiking shoes which are appropriate option for steep muddy slopes.
  2. You should use ear plugs if you feel uncomfortable with the sounds of the jungle.
  3. You should carry a packed lunch and enough drinking water for your gorilla tracking tour.
  4. You should bring rain gear, sunscreen lotion, a hat (due to unpredictable weather) and also the insect repellent.
  5. You should carry also a film camera. Using flashlight is prohibited so we recommend using films of 400 to 800 ASA.

These are all the gorilla tracking rules you should follow when planning for a trekking safari tour. For more information about additional gorilla tracking rules and regulations, feel free to reach Exclusive African Safaris through an email or a phone call!