In order to enjoy your safari there various rules which where set by the Rwanda tourism board that every one has to follow before and when you’re with these giant apes in order to make your life and that of gorillas safe, so it’s better to know the gorilla tracking rules and regulations and the code of conduct before you head to volcanoes national park to track the gorillas one of the most interesting activities at the park. All the tracking rules and procedures are uniform throughout the 3 countries that’s Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic republic of Congo since the gorilla range cuts across territories and roam freely across borders. Let us examine these gorilla tracking rules and regulations.
Before heading to the forest to begin the activity a maximum number of 8 members are allowed to track the gorillas in each group as this minimizes the behavioral trouble to the gorillas and even on the risks of their exposure to human –born diseases. Always wash your hands before you head out in the jungle to meet the gorillas
When you are with gorillas
• Always stay 5-7 meters away from the gorillas if they approach you move back slowly
• No person under the age of 15years is allowed to track the gorillas, it needs some one who is physically fit as tracking time is unpredictable it can take a half or full day in the wild
• Eating, drinking or Smoking when you are near the gorillas is not allowed. As the gorillas may charge on you and also this may put the life of gorillas at risk (increase the risk of transmission of disease.
• When the gorilla charges always follows the guide’s example bend down slowly, avoid looking the gorillas directly in the eyes and wait for the animals to pass. Do not attempt to run away because that will increase the risk.
• Do not attempt to touch the gorillas it will charge on you
• No one with infectious disease is allowed to track gorillas disease that may hinder you from tracking the gorillas include flu or diarrhea as this put their lives in danger.
• Flash photography is strictly forbidden as this may scare away gorillas hence making watching very difficult. When taking pictures move slowly and carefully
• Do not touch the gorillas. They are wild animals so this may put your life in danger.
• Bury all human faeces in a hole dug at least 30cm deep and ensure that it is properly filled in afterwards if not properly it may put the life of gorillas at risk.
• When you are with gorillas avoid making sudden movements or making loud noises. However, it is okay to ask the guide questions
• You are only allowed to stay with gorillas for only one hour observing their behaviors as well as taking photos. However, if the gorillas become agitated or nervous, the guide will finish the visit early.