Gorilla Trekking Tour Guidelines and Recommended Visitor Behaviour

Visitor on a Gorilla trek.
There are certain guidelines and accepted behaviour you will need adhere to whilst on a Gorilla trekking tour. These guidelines are in place to protect the gorillas and their protected environments, as well as you.

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking Guidelines

  • To minimize possible transmission of human diseases, visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7m (about 22 feet) from the gorillas.
  • If you are sick with a cold, flu or other contagious illness, please do not visit the gorillas.
  • Spitting in the park is strictly prohibited.
  • Should you need to cough, cover your mouth and turn away from the gorillas.
  • Keep your voice low when in the presence of gorillas.
  • Try not to make rapid movements that may frighten the gorillas.
  • If a gorilla should charge or vocalize at you, do not be alarmed, stand still, look away from the gorilla and follow your guide's directions.
  • Do not litter or do anything to harm the gorillas habitat.
  • Please note children under the age of 16 are not permitted on Gorilla or Chimpanzee treks.
  • Various Innoculations are required before Chimpanzee tracking safaris. Please ensure you have received all your innoculations as the authorities are very strict!
  • When having contact with Chimpanzees please note that despite their size, the Chimps are very strong and can be very playful and rambunctious!

Get The Most Out Of Your Gorilla Trekking Tour

  • The security of visitors is the highest priority. There is no need for concern about personal security.
  • The climate is changeable and you can generally expect both sun and rainfall during the day.
  • Bring warm clothing for the evening.
  • Recommended clothing is long trousers and shirts when in the forest to avoid nettle stings.
  • Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are essential. You may find raingear useful.
  • Bring a water bottle and a small snack although eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden.
  • Photography is permitted, although you may not use flash
  • Porters are available to help you carry your daypack for a small charge.
  • Mountain gorillas live at high altitude and this may cause difficulties for some visitors. You should pace yourself, walk slowly and drink plenty of water.
  • No one should feel deterred from making this trip.

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