Gorilla-Mgahinga National Park

Uganda Mountain Gorilla Trekking Rules

To protect the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, the following Uganda Mountain Gorilla Trekking Rules and regulations must be observed:

  • No one with a communicable disease, such as flu or diarrhoea, is allowed to visit the gorillas.
  • Do not surround the gorillas but remain in a tight group.
  • Leave a distance of at least 5m between you and the gorillas.
  • If they approach you, move back slowly.
  • Flash photography is strictly forbidden.
  • Do not eat or smoke within 200m of the gorillas.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, turn away from the gorillas and cover your nose and mouth.
  • Bury all human faeces in a hole dug at least 30cm (one foot) deep and ensure that it is properly filled in afterwards.
  • All litter must be removed from the park for disposal.
  • Do not spit on vegetation or soil while in the park.
  • No person under 15 years is allowed to track gorillas.
  • When with the gorillas, avoid making loud noises or sudden movements.
  • Contact time with the gorillas is strictly limited to one hour.
  • Please observe all instructions from your guide.

Good behavior

  • Keep your voice down or be quiet. You will see and hear if you do.
  • Don’t point or waive your arms- this can be seen as a threat. Move slowly.
  • If approached by a gorilla, back away slowly to keep 5m separation.
  • Don’t use flash, this could threaten the gorillas and bother other visitors.

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