Gorilla Tracking Rules
In Uganda, often described as the Pearl of Africa, one can discover natural wonders not found anywhere else on the planet. Xtreme Tours offers you the opportunity to experience one of these wonders first hand: a unique and unforgettable visit to the endangered Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat.
In the Mgahinga Gorilla and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks, the discerning traveller has the opportunity to venture on an exhilarating climb to the mountain gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets and relish sensational views of lush green rainforests, alive with the cacophonous calls of tropical birds. Nothing however can prepare one for the impact of encountering a gorilla close up, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and generally tolerant of human visitors.
To protect the gorilla population of Uganda from stress and exposure to human diseases, the Uganda Wildlife Authority allows only eight tourists to visit each of the habituated gorilla groups for no more than one hour per day. The following rules apply in addition:
- Do not litter. All litter must be carried out of the park and disposed of properly.
- Avoid unnecessary damage to plant live and do not remove plants or wildlife from the park.
- Follow the instructions of your ranger guides and do not enter the park without them.
- Do not spit on vegetation or soil while in the park.
- No persons under the age of 15 are allowed to visit the mountain gorillas.
- You are allowed a maximum of 1 hour of observation after you approached the gorillas.
- Respect the peaceful environment of the gorilla habitat.
- Do not make loud noises or sudden moves in their presence.
- Turn away from the gorillas if you have to sneeze or cough and cover your nose and mouth.
- Do not eat or smoke within a distance of 200 meters from the gorillas.
- Do not use flash lights for gorilla video / photography.
- Do not get closer than 7 meters (23 feet) to the gorillas. If the gorillas approach you, move back slowly to keep the distance.
- Although non-aggressive, gorillas are wild animals and may sometimes charge. If this happens, crouch down, don’t look them in the eyes and wait for them to pass.
- Stay together in a tight group while visiting the gorillas, you are not allowed to surround them.
- No one with communicable diseases (Flu, cough, diarrhoea) is allowed to enter the park. These diseases can be transferred to the gorillas and may be fatal to them.