Gorilla Trekking Regulations in Virunga National Park Congo Gorilla Safari News
These don’t majorly differ from those of Gorilla Trekking in Uganda or even Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, and they include; group size, the groups to track per day as well as the time allowed spending with the mountain gorillas.
This is not done to rob trackers of their experience with the Gorillas, but done to ensure the well-being of these endangered animals.
This is because the gorillas are susceptible to many human diseases due to the great closeness between the humans and the mountain gorilla.
Restrictions on Age: It’s only 15 years and over individuals allowed to trek gorillas in Congo.
Gorilla Safari Group Size: It’s only a maximum of eight individuals per day that are allowed to trek, this helps to reduce the spreading of diseases from humans to the mountain gorillas.
Hours of Visiting: Congo Gorilla trekking takes place during day time and it’s between 8:00am to 7:00 pm
Time limit with gorillas: Strictly 1 hour allowed for travelers to spend with these mountain gorillas.
The do’s and don’ts of Congo Gorillas Safari, call them the Rules & Regulations in Virunga National Park
Protecting the mountain gorillas is the first rule; this means that if the tracker is sick or has any infections shouldn’t be allowed to come in contact with the gorillas.
Manners are recommended- always turn away your face while coughing or sneezing and remember to cover the nose as well as the mouth to help reduce on the bacteria transfer to the mountain gorillas.
Don’t over stay with the gorillas- End ever to stay for the only recommended time with the gorillas; it’s usually one hour that is allowed.
Keeping distance from the primates- it’s always recommended that you stay away from mountain gorillas between 5 to 7 meters because they are wild animals and can easily catch diseases from humans.
Well behaving while trekking: the rangers always advise the trekkers to keep noise levels as low as possible, avoid pointing or using flash light when taking photos of the mountain gorillas.
Being prepared: Remember to always carry water proof & warm gears for the cool conditions with in the mountains since it sometimes gets wet within the forest and comfortable walking shoes are of a great advantage.
No smoking and no snacks- Visitors are not allowed to drink of eat as well as smoking during gorilla trekking.
Cleanliness is recommended: Always wash your hands before engaging in gorilla trekking.
Keep hands intact- don’t touch the mountain gorillas at any time, always keep hands to yourself to avoid direct contact.
Avoid littering within the forest and keep the trash to yourself.
Always remain calm– Avoid direct eye contact in case the gorilla charges and stay calm until it moves away.
Toilet manners: A ranger will be willing to dig a hole for you and after make sure its fully covered.
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