All the gorilla tracking rules in the 3 countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo are the same. Please find below some of the rules that govern Gorilla tracking. It is a regulation to always wash your hands before you head out to the gorillas. When you approach the Gorillas, the guides will inform you to get ready and when to get out your Cameras for pictures. However, questions to the guide are much welcome.
1. A 5m distance should try to be observed at all times (15 feet) from the mountain gorillas.
2. Sometimes the gorillas charge. Follow the guides behaviour (crouch down slowly, do not look the gorillas directly in the eyes and wait for the animals to pass). Do not try and to take picture and do not attempt to run away. Running away will increase the risk.
3. Flash photography is not permitted! When taking pictures move slowly and carefully.
4. The maximum time you can spend with the gorillas is ONE (1) hour. However, if the gorillas become agitated or nervous, the guide will finish the visit early.
5. After the visit keep your voices down until you are 200m from the
6. You must stay in tight group when you are near the gorillas.
7. Heed to the time limits imposed on the number of visitors allowed with the gorillas each day. This minimizes the risk of disease transmission and stress to the group.
8. There is a tough restriction for those feeling ill, or if carrying a contagious disease. An alternate visit can always be arranged for you, and even a possibility of money refund.
9. If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze when you are near the gorillas, please turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth in order to minimize the spread of bacteria or viruses.
10. Do not attempt to touch or get in closer contact the gorillas. These are wild animals.
11. Do not smoke, drink or eat when you are with the gorillas. Eating or drinking inevitably will increase the risk of food/drink morsels/droplets falling, which could increase the risk of transmission of diseases
12. Do not dump any rubbish like water bottles, food wrappers / leftovers in the Park. Whatever you bring into the forest should be carried back out with you.
13. If you need to ease yourself while in the forest, please ask the guide to dig for you a hole. Make sure the hole is 30cms deep and fill it when you are through.
14. A maximum number of 8 visitors may visit a group of habituated gorillas in a day. This minimizes behavioural disturbance to the gorillas and the risk of their exposure to human-borne diseases.