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Gorillas

gorilla tracking in Uganda-rwanda

Trekking gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda is one of the moving and incredible experiences that Africa has to offer. You will set off from your hotel very early with a packed lunch which will be provided. The amount of time you actually spend trekking really depends on the location of the gorillas, and can take any-where from a half-hour to eight hours. Hiking through the forest, making a trail through the dense overgrowth with a machete can be physically challenging, and requires that you be in relatively good physical shape. Porters are avail-able at the entrance of the park, and we strongly recommend that you have one come with you to carry your bag, their services are usually $10 USD for the day.

 

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What are these gorilla trekking dos and donts?
When we talk of gorilla trekking dos and donts, we actually mean that while on your gorilla trek, there rules and regulations that you must follow to enable everyone enjoy the trek without breaking any law or annoying anyone. One of the gorilla trekking dos and donts is that, at all times, you should follow the instructions of your gorilla guide. After briefing, each group of tourists is assigned a lead gorilla guide who will take you to the forest. This guide will be in charge of all your movements while in the forest and as such, he will be instructing you on how to move, behave before, when with gorillas and after your gorilla trek. Following his instructions is very important due to the fact that you are moving in a National Park with many other animals and plants that you need his guidance and knowledge. These guides are well conversant with the behaviors of these animals including mountain gorillas and as such, you need to pay attention to him.

 

 

Gorilla Tracking Regulations

 

Before you set out:

 

-Do not visit the gorillas if you have a cold or other infectious illness.
-Human waste should be buried 30cm (12″) deep
-Maximum number of visitors is eight people per gorilla group

 

When you are with the gorillas:

-Maintain a 7m (21ft) distance from the gorilla
-Smoking, eating and drinking are not permitted on the tour
-If you must sneeze or cough cover your face and turn away from the gorillas, as they can catch coughs and colds from humans
-Visits are limited to one hour per gorilla group per day

 

Things to bring for Gorilla Trekking

  • Packed Lunch (will be provided)
  • One-two liters of water (will be provided)
  • Hiking Stick (will be provided)
  • Day Backpack
  • Rain jacket
  • Gloves and hat (it gets cold!)
  • Light weight long sleeved shirt
  • Light weight long pants
  • Sunscreen
  • Handkerchief,
  • bandana
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Snacks, energy bars, small pieces of candy or chocolate
  • Camera

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