Gorilla trekking is one of the most looked for safari activities in Africa and there are only three countries that provide tourists with this thrilling experience in the world.
Mountain Gorilla trekking can be done at Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park in Congo, Mount Mgahinga national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in Uganda.
Don’ts while trekking gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda
Gorillas live in the Virunga massif conservation area shared by three countries and then Bwindi forest in Uganda, these great apes are man’s closest relatives with 98% DNA for humans but they were almost getting extinctions in the 19th century but thank God for the conservation efforts.
While trekking mountain gorillas there are some of the things you should not do while with the gorillas this can be seen below:
- Flash photography will not be allowed while trekking mountain gorillas and the reason is gorillas don’t Like flashlights, unlike golden monkeys who love flash cameras and therefore may be provoked and become cruel.
- A five-meter distance must be kept when in the presence of gorillas, this will make them feel relaxed and also help in no infecting them with human diseases as their vulnerability to diseases like flu. This also helps keep them for longer.
- Tourists must keep a close distance to each other while with the gorillas; being scattered will not be allowed. This helps those who may be fearing to be a bit confident.
- Lower your voices: However much you will be allowed to ask your guides questions but the voices must be kept low at all times.
- You will not be allowed to touch gorillas, as they are wild animals no domestic. However, a few times some gorillas come and approach people. This is somewhat exceptional though.
- The maximum time and the usual time for tourists to observe gorillas is strictly one hour though the visit can be ended early if the gorillas become nervous.
- Do not drink or eat while with mountain gorillas this is because the food droppings left after can increase the risks of transmitting diseases to the gorillas.
- After the visit, tourists must keep their voices low until there about 200 meters away from the mountain gorillas.
- In case of a gorilla charge, do not take a picture or try to run away this will worsen the situation and also leave the gorillas to pass by.
- When the gorillas charge you must follow the instructions of the guide, for example, crouching down slowly this will help them cool down.
- Do not look directly into the gorilla’s eyes. This may scare or make them cruel.
- Do not cough or sneeze in the direction of gorillas, if you feel the urge kindly turn away and cover your mouth, he will reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria.
In case you’re feeling ill or you have a contagious disease you can stay behind and visit another group when you’re well or get your money refunded. Gorilla permits cost $600 in Uganda, $1500 in Rwanda and only $400 in Congo.
The above does not make Uganda or Rwanda gorilla tracking any hard. Just follow the above simple rules and you will find Gorilla tracking an amazing encounter you ever had.
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