We look forward to welcoming you to Rwanda- the land of a thousand hills and hope these tips will help you in your preparation. Please contact us should you have any questions.
Rules & regulations
- Visitors are required to keep a distance of seven meters from the gorillas.
- Sick persons will not be allowed to visit, as the transmission of illnesses is a major threat to the gorillas. Gorillas can die from human diseases!!
- Do not attempt to touch the gorillas, they are still wild animals.
- Always remain in a tight group.
- Keep your voices low at all times and avoid speaking unnecessarily.
- Eating and drinking is prohibited when you are near the gorillas.
- Sometimes, a gorilla will charge. Always follow the guide’s instructions – crouch down slowly, do not make eye contact with the gorilla and do not run as this will only increase the risk of attack. Wait for the animals to pass by.
- Flash photography is prohibited. Gorillas are scared of bright flashes and in particular, white flashes.
- In order not to disturb or influence the behavior of a gorilla family, visitor’s group sizes are limited (varies between countries).
- Visitors must be 15 yrs and older (varies between countries).
- Gorilla tracking can be fairly strenuous and it’s advisable that you are quite fit in order to enjoy the trek, otherwise there Gorilla family groups that are nearby for those who cannot walk far. Kindly enquire from your Driver Guide for assistance.
Suggested gear when going Gorilla tracking
- Good Hiking boots
- A rain Jacket over a warm sweater
- Long water resistant pants
- Long sleeved shirt
- A hat and gloves to protect from stinging neetles
- 1-2 litres of drinking water
Note: There are some locals living around the Park and have never seen the Gorillas due to lack of means(finances, transport necessary equipments etc).
However sone NGO’s occassionally help schools, co-operatives, villagers by sponsoring them to go and see them.