The gorilla trekking rules are meant to regulate how visitors interact with gorillas in the wild. They are the guidelines laid out to guide visitors on how they should conduct themselves while in the presence of gorillas. The rules are aimed at ensuring that the wellbeing of gorillas in their natural habitat is prioritised and not interfered with by the human presence.
Until recently, mountain gorillas were listed as critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This is what prompted authorities and conservationists to come up with these regulations to ensure their survival and continuity in their natural habitat. The guidelines have been a success and together with other conservation efforts undertaken, the status of mountain gorillas has been updated from “critically endangered” to “endangered.” This has been as a result of the increase in their population in the previous few decades. The safety and wellbeing of visitors were also taken into consideration while designing these regulations.
The following are the comprehensive gorilla trekking rules which are applicable all mountain gorilla trekking destinations including Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo;