Gorilla tracking is a popular tourist activity in Uganda and Rwanda, and it is governed by a set of rules and regulations to ensure the safety and protection of the gorillas and their natural habitat. Here are some of the general rules for tracking gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda:

  1. Gorilla tracking is only allowed in designated national parks where the gorillas are habituated to human presence, such as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

  2. A maximum of eight visitors are allowed to track each gorilla family per day, to minimize disturbance to the gorillas and reduce the risk of disease transmission.

  3. Visitors are required to obtain a permit in advance, which allows them to track a specific gorilla family at a specific time and date. Permits must be obtained from the respective national park authorities or a licensed tour operator.

  4. Visitors must be at least 15 years old and in good physical health, as gorilla tracking can be strenuous and may involve hiking on steep and muddy terrain.

  5. Visitors are required to follow the instructions of the park rangers and guides at all times, and maintain a minimum distance of 7 meters (22 feet) from the gorillas. Flash photography is not allowed, and visitors must turn off their cameras and mobile phones before approaching the gorillas.

  6. Visitors must not touch the gorillas, feed them or leave any litter in the park. Visitors with any signs of illness, such as cold or flu, are not allowed to track gorillas to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

  7. Gorilla tracking permits are non-transferable and non-refundable. In case of cancellation due to illness or other reasons, visitors may be able to reschedule their tracking for another date, subject to availability.

By following these rules and guidelines, visitors can have a safe and enjoyable gorilla tracking experience while contributing to the conservation and protection of these endangered species.

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