Gorilla Tracking Rwanda | Trekking Encounter With Gorillas | Dos And Don’ts

Gorilla Tracking Rwanda:  Encounter Dos and Don’ts

Encounter with the Gorillas has been described as thrilling, evocative and even emotional.   The only advice we can offer you is to try it yourself.  The silverbacks are enormous.  Young gorillas are a bit adventurous and may come to touching distance of individual trackers.  They are particularly attracted to bright colours like yellow.  In that case avoid them.

1.  Gorilla tracking in Rwanda – Submissiveness

When you encounter gorillas, you are required to portray total submissiveness.   Do not look at them straight in the eyes and avoid standing over them.    If the male gorilla charge at you, crouch down.  Gorillas have freedom of way. Do not drum your chest.  Do not shout, talk in whispers.  The guides will advice on how to behave on encounter.  Always follow the instructions from the guides.

2. Rwanda Gorilla Tracking/ Gorilla  Photography/Photograhic Safaris.

Flash photography is prohibited.  Tourists are allowed normal photography and filming for domestic use.   Special Photographic and filming safaris may be organized for particular groups. These will include those who want to film specifically for commercial use and documentaries.  These will require accreditation cards unlike normal tourists.

3.  Health of the Gorillas

There are currently approximately 700 mountain gorillas in the wild.  Thus these animals are classified as endangered species.  Gorilla tracking if unchecked can endager the life of gorillas.  Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is restricted to 8 persons per day per group.   That makes a total of 56 permits per day.

  • Avoid tracking gorillas if you suffer from contagious disease.  In case you develop a sever case of flu, your money will be fully refunded if you make this known in advance. However if you attempt to track and       fail for whatever reason, or if the guides discover that you cannot    track due to disease, you do not qualify for any refund.
  • Do not sneeze towards them
  • Do not spit in the forest or defecate carelessly.  If you need to the guides will help you with a matchet to dig a hole to bury your waste.

4.  Environmental consciousness

Gorilla tracking is a clean activity.  Leave  only your steps in the national park.  Do not litter and if you spot any litter, collect it and take it down with you.

5. Tracking gorilla in Rwanda and Uganda- Gorilla Hiking and Trekking facts

How hard should one prepare for gorilla tracking in Rwanda?  The facts below will help you to answer this question.

  • Rwanda Gorilla  trekking Safaris takes place at altitudes of 3000 metres-this means that moderate/ average physical fitness is what is necessary and not athletic fitness.
  • Trekking, hiking and Tracking safaris are conducted by patient, qualified and knowledgeable ranger guides with wide experience in natural history with particular attention to gorilla behaviour
  • Gorilla tracking safaris is conducted at a moderate pace with plenty of stops for resting, fielding questions further briefs etc.  Competitive hiking is discouraged as the aim of the guides, porters       and rangers is for all the group members to make it to the gorillas      and back to the base.  Believe it or not, the slowest hiker/ trekker     will determine the pace of the trek.

6.  Eating while tracking gorillas

You can carry your picnic but do not eat in the vicinity of the gorillas.

7. Chest beating

Please do not imitate the male ( Silver-backs) gorilla chest beating. The silver-back may take that as a challenge and charge after you which can result in severe injuries.  Though charging has not been reported for a long,  long time please avoid any provocation as you will come out second best.

8. Age Limit: Only people of 15 years and above can track gorillas. However young children can engage in other activities in volcanoes like tracking golden monkeys.

Book your 4 days 3 nights Rwanda gorilla tracking safari Contact  R&N Xplorer Africa Safaris Tel: +254 723 684 974 email: rnxploresafaris@gmail.com


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    Stephanie Says:

    Why the age limit of 15 for tracking gorilla’s? Age limit is meant to protect the gorillas from human communicable diseases like mumps, measles and hooping cough which are prevalent in children less than 15 years. It is important to note that gorillas may not be in a position to resist some of these diseases which may end up wiping whole populations.

    Another issue is provocation. Children under 15 are usually noisy. Teens of 11 years usually consider themselves adults and will willfully ignore instructions. Gorillas are wild and failure to follow the guidelines or noisy crowds are likely to provoke the silverback to charge at the guests resulting in fatal injuries. ORTPN is not liable for any injuries by gorillas and even insurance companies will not cover injuries resulting from negligence.

    I hope the above explanation meets your expectation. Email rnxploresafaris@gmail.com if you have more questions

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