Trekking Rwanda gorillas is done in the Volcanoes National Park (Parc des Volcans) situated with in the Musanze province of Rwanda. Meeting the mountain gorillas in a unique emotional adventure that is memorable and life changing. Gorilla tracking is an expensive adventure but is totally worth every penny spent on it.
The gorilla safaris in Rwanda are organized and managed in a very organized behavior at the Volcanoes. All trackers have to be assembled at the park headquarters for a detailed briefing about how to conduct during the gorilla trek so as to protect the gorillas and trackers.
The following are the rules and regulations to follow when tracking gorillas.
Flash photography is not allowed as it may threaten the gorillas. Tourists are allowed to have only normal photography and filming for domestic use. In case the travel is interested in a photographing safari, then that can be requested before booking trek and it can be organized on certain gorilla groups.
Protecting the Health of the Gorillas
Mountain gorillas still surviving are estimated to be about 700 in the wild, hence classified as endangered species with a threat of extinction. Gorilla tracking if unchecked and strictly managed can endanger the life of the gorillas. Gorilla tracking is restricted to a maximum of 8 persons per day per for only one hour so as not to exhaust the gorillas. That makes a total of 56 permits per day.
Avoid tracking gorillas if you suffer from contagious disease as it can catch the gorillas. In case you develop a severe 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 are disqualified for any refunds and may even be fined.
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 machete to dig a hole to bury your waste.
Submissiveness in presence of gorillas
When you meet the gorillas, you are required to portray total submissiveness. Do not stare at them straight in the eyes and avoid standing over them. If the male gorilla charges at you, crouch down. Gorillas have freedom of way. Do not drum your chest. Do not shout, talk only in whispers. Always follow the instructions from the guides.
Cleanliness during the trek
Gorilla have to be protected from catching diseases, leave only your footprints in the park. Do not litter and if you spot any litter, collect it and take it down with you.
Eating during the trek
You can carry your picnic but do not eat in the vicinity of the gorillas. You eating might encourage the gorillas to come and share your delicacy with you.
Tracking Age Limit:
The gorilla trekking age is 15 years and above and above are the only ones allowed to track gorillas. However young children can engage in other activities in volcanoes like tracking golden monkeys, Dian Fossey Hke and community walks