Park Regulations, Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking Rules And Regulations

PARK REGULATIONS

Uganda Parks Regulations

  • Do not drive off the tracks.
  • Do not litter.
  • Do not camp or make camp fires except at designated sites.
  • Do not bring fire arms or ammunition into the park.
  • Retain all official receipts for inspection.
  • Do no drive in the park between 19:30 hours and 18:30 hours (EAT).
  • Do not disturb wildlife by sounding motor horns.
  • Do not pick flowers or destroy any vegetation.
  • Do not bring dogs or other pets into the park.
  • Do not exceed the speed limit of 40km per hour (25mph).

GORILLA TRACKING RULES AND REGULATIONS

Gorilla tracking rules

Before you set out:

  • A maximum number of 8 visitors may visit a group of habituated gorillas in a day. This minimizes behavioral disturbances to the gorillas and the risk of their exposure to the human-borne disease.
  • Always wash your hands before you head out to the gorillas.
  • Do not leave rubbish in the park. Whatever you bring into the forest park should be carried back with you.
  • Do not visit the gorillas if you have a cold or other infectious illness.
  • On your visit, you will be taken to where the guides left the gorillas the day before. From there, you will follow the gorilla trails to find them. Look out for the gorillas’ nesting sites along the way.
  • When you approach the gorillas, the guides will inform you when to get your cameras ready.
  • Human waste should be buried 30cm (12”) deep.

When you are with Gorillas, please note the following:

  • Keep a minimum of 7 meters (21ft) distance from the gorillas. This is to protect gorillas from human disease transmission.
  • You must stay in a tight group when you are near the gorillas.
  • Keep your voices low at all times. However, it’s okay to ask the guide questions.
  • DO NOT smoke, eat or drink while you are near the gorillas to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
  • Sometimes, the gorillas CHARGE. Follow the guide’s example crouch down slowly. DO NOT look at the gorilla in the eye, wait for the animals to pass. DO NOT attempt to run away. Running away will increase the risk of attack.
  • Flash photography is not permitted when taking pictures. Move slowly and carefully.
  • DO NOT touch the gorillas. They are wild animals.
  • The maximum time the visitors are allowed to spend with the gorillas is one hour to limit their disturbance. If the gorillas become agitated or nervous, the guide will end the visit earlier.
  • After the visit, keep your voices down until you are 200 meters away from the gorillas.

General health rules:

REMEMBER gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. The following are the ways to minimize the risk your visit may pose to them:

  • Respect the limit imposed on the time that the visitors are allowed with the gorillas each day. This minimizes the risk of disease transmission and the stress to the group.
  • If you are feeling ill, or have a contagious disease when you are already at the park, please volunteer to stay behind. An alternative visit will be arranged for you, or your money will be refunded as per gorilla reservation guidelines.
  • If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze when you are near the gorillas, please turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth in order to minimize the spread of bacteria and viruses.
  • Always stay 7 meters away from the gorillas. The further back you are, the more relaxed the group will be.
  • DO NOT leave any rubbish for example food wrappers in the park. Such items can harbor diseases or other contaminants.
  • If you need to go to the toilet while in the forest, please ask the guide to dig for you a hole and ensure that you cover it when you are done.

CHIMPANZEE TRACKING RULES

Chimpanzee Tracking Rules

For your own safety and the protection of the chimpanzees, you are required to follow these chimpanzee tracking rules along the forest trails;

  • Chimpanzees can catch your diseases, you must not enter the forest if you are sick.
  • Do not leave litter in the forest.
  • If you need to urinate or defecate, do so off the trail. Burry your waste in a hole (30 cm deep) along with any toilet paper.
  • Keep as quiet as possible in the forest, you will see more.
  • Do not eat near the Chimpanzees.
  • Do not use flash photography.
  • Keep at least 8 meters (25 feet) from the Chimpanzees at all times.
  • Do not chase the chimpanzees.
  • Do not mimic Chimpanzees’ vocalization (You do not know what you might be saying!)

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