Gorilla trekking safaris have been on an increase in Uganda due to the presence of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which harbours half of the mountain gorillas in the world. Many tourists have been frequenting this park because of its diverse wildlife which attracts many tourists to travel to the western part of Uganda.
Gorilla tracking safaris have been carried out by many tourists who visit the park but some of them were not aware of the mountain gorilla trekking rules in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and some of the rules to be followed during the trek include;
During any gorilla trekking activity, a 7 metre distance should be observed at all times from the gorillas so that diseases are not easily spread to the gorillas , it’s always said by the park managers that gorillas can easily acquire human diseases especially when they near to them.
When carrying out any gorilla tracking expedition, always tourists should end ever to keep their voices low all the time, but asking the guides questions in the low tone is okay. This is emphasised in order to avoid scaring away the gorillas so as to encourage proper trekking with in the park.
The park management always encourages the tourists not to smoke, drink or eat when they are near the mountain gorillas, this is done to avoid the risk of food/ drink morsels / droplets from falling which could also increase the risk of transmission of diseases to the gorillas. This will help in protecting the gorillas hence encouraging the increase of mountain gorilla trekking visits.
Always follow the guide’s example; this is because sometimes the gorillas change, it’s always advisable not to look directly in the eyes of the mountain gorillas and not to always run since such must increase the risk in the minds of the mountain gorillas.
There are many more rules that are followed by the tourists and these include; flash photographing is not allowed during the trekking activity, Always not touching the gorillas is encouraged, only one hour is allowed to the trekkers while with the gorillas, all these rules are encouraged by the park management to the tourists in order to protect and conserve the mountain gorillas in order to promote gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.
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