Gorilla Trekking

Most Desirable Gorillla Trekking Tours to Uganda and Rwanda

2 Days Gorilla Trekking Rwanda

2 Days Virunga Gorilla Trekking

This two days gorilla tour will start in Rwanda, where you will transfer to Virunga National park in Democratic republic of Congo via Uganda’s Chanika border. The park has five families of gorillas with three groups most tracked.

Gorilla Trekking Rwanda

3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Conservation Trek

Bwindi impenetrable forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and the diversity of its species is quite enormous. The park provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species. The park is a sanctuary for Colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds (such as hornbills and turacos).

Gorilla Trekking Rwanda

4 Days Kahuzi Biega Lowland Gorillas

Gorilla safari takes you to the Democratic Republic of Congo, another home to the endagered Mountain Gorillas in Africa. Congo DRC has both Lowland and Mountain Gorillas. Lowland Gorillas are found in Kahuzi Biega national park and the critically endangered mountain gorillas are found in Virunga National Park.

Gorilla Trekking Rwanda

3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Excursion

Gorilla safari takes you to the Democratic Republic of Congo, another home to the endagered Mountain Gorillas in Africa. Congo DRC has both Lowland and Mountain Gorillas. Lowland Gorillas are found in Kahuzi Biega national park and the critically endangered mountain gorillas are found in Virunga National Park.

Uganda Conservation Safari

7 Days Uganda Conservation Safari

You can’t afford to miss out on a chance to look into the eyes of the endangered mountain gorilla in the dense forests of Bwindi as you rewind from the breath taking wildlife viewing in the Queen Elizabeth national park; regarded as the most diversified park in East Africa with about 100 mammal and 600 bird species.

Gorilla Trekking Information and Tips to Follow

The listed Rwanda gorilla trekking regulations have meticulously  bene designed to protect and ensure the well being and health of the mountain gorillas as well as the safety of the gorilla trekkers. Mountain gorillas are very vulnerable to human diseases and infections, as well they can become stressed out due to many people visiting them and coming very close to them or  conduct in a way that is intimidating and disturbing. The gorillas like humans are very protective of their young ones, and its best if going for gorilla tracking to read and obey all the rules to the letter.

Group visiting Frequency

Per day, each gorilla group is scheduled to be visited once by a maximum of 6 or 8 permitted guests, with the gorilla interaction lasting a maximum of one hour. This is to minimize behavioral destruction and stress.

Sickness

Incase a tourist shows signs of sickness; the park staff has the right to refuse a visit to gorillas in order to protect the gorillas from contracting a human illness or disease. If you are not feeling well, then please inform your guides. Do not be the person responsible for a potential epidemic. If you do sneeze or cough in the proximity of the gorillas, then be sure to cover your mouth, preferably inside your shirt, in order to prevent any aerosol transmission.

Minimum Trekking age

For anyone to qualify for a gorilla tour, all Gorilla trekkers must be at least fifteen years old, in order to minimize risk of exposing the gorillas to childhood diseases such as mumps, chickenpox, measles etc.

Photography

Flash photographic is not permitted as it can upset or frighten the gorillas and may provoke an aggressive reaction or charge.

Minimum distance

Make sure to maintain a distance of at least seven meters or 21 feet away from the gorillas at times. If they approach closer … juveniles often come to within one or two metres, then you should slowly retreat. If this is not possible, then you will be asked to remain where you are. You should follow the guides instructions at all times. Keep your backpack and other items in places where young gorillas cannot approach to play about.

Visitors often would rather break this seven meter rule, being wrapped up in the excitement of the experience, but please be careful not to. If you break the rule then the guides may pull you off the sighting and terminate the trek.

In some instances guides may take you in closer in the hope of making you happy and perhaps getting better photos. Please do not do this and report any such behavior to park headquarters.

Remember that this forest contains almost half of the world’s population and a serious epidemic disease could be catastrophic for the species. Don’t let this happen.

Keep together

Visitors should remain in one group, make sure not to spread and surrounding the gorillas. This allows them plenty of room to move where they want to, without felling threatened, which may provoke a charge.

Keep low

Where possible, visitors should sit or crouch whilst watching the gorillas. It can be very intimidating or threatening to the gorillas if you stand tall and stare, they may feel threatened.

Keep still

Body language is important and visitors should not raise hands or arms, point or stare. To gorillas these behaviors are signs of threat or aggression.

Do not disturb

Visitors should not clear vegetation close to the gorillas so that they get a better view as this can cause serious disturbance. The guides will clear away any vegetation if it is possible and necessary.

If you are at the back of the group of visitors and cannot get a good view, then make this known to your guide and he will try to get you into a better position.

Don’t run

If a silverback gorilla beats his chest, displays or charges, do not run away. Your guides will be on hand. Although a charge may be frightening, the safest thing to do is remain still, keep low and look down. To our knowledge no visitor has even been hurt by a wild gorilla in this area.

Don’t eat

Eating, drinking and smoking are not permitted within 200 meters of the gorillas.Food and other remains can be a source of infection.

Keep quiet

Visitors should be as quiet as possible, and whisper. Never scream, even if you are bitten insects. Making a lot of noise may cause some gorillas to react aggressively, but most will simply move away.

Bury your doings

Please go to the bathroom before you set out. If you need to go to the toilet whilst in the forest, then you need to borrow a machete from the guides and dig a 30cm or 10″ deep hole and then fill it in properly afterwards. Faces can be highly infectious to gorillas and other animals.

Leave no litter

Make sure not to leave any trash on the ground. This may be a source of infection for the gorillas.