Rules and regulations of mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Rules and regulations of mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda- Each gorilla national park has rules and regulations that govern the mountain gorilla trekking activity and in this article, we are looking at volcanoes national park. Volcanoes national park is a home to endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda and these do live on the slopes of Virunga volcanoes-Sabyinyo, Gahinga, Karisimbi, Bisoke, and Muhabura.
There are over 10 mountain gorilla families and trekking any of them starts with a briefing where trekkers are taught about the rules and regulations that are to be started below. These families are Bwenge group, Sabyinyo group, Susa group, Umubano group, Amahoro group, Hirwa group, Ugenda group, Kwitonda group, and Agashya group.
Rules and regulations of mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park Rwanda
The gorilla trekking activity starts with a briefing and this is done to help trekkers know about the rules and regulations of the trekking activity.
Trekkers that are ill are not allowed to trek mountain gorillas because you might affect them with the diseases such as cough and diarrhea since they are vulnerable. They can give you another day to trek or refund your money.
An armed ranger guide leads the trekkers in the jungle and takes them through trekking trails and he protects the trekkers from dangerous wild animals.
Only 8 trekkers are allowed to trek a single gorilla family and this is done to reduce crowdedness and the risk of disease transmission.
You must wash your hands before entering the jungle to search mountain gorillas and you also wash after trekking
When you are about to reach the mountain gorillas, you will be asked by the ranger guides to keep your voices low as you follow the rules and regulations of the trekking activity as taught at the briefing point.
When you encounter the mountain gorillas, you will get near them and keep a distance of 7 meters and this is done to avoid mountain gorillas getting in contact with human beings.
While in the jungle, you are not allowed to eat or smoke around these primates because smoke can affect the health of gorillas and they can also grab food from you hence attacking you.
While around mountain gorillas you are asked to keep your voices low because you might prove the mountain gorillas and they charge.
While around mountain gorillas and you feel like coughing or sneezing, you are advised to turn your head away from the direction of mountain gorillas and cover your mouth to reduce the risk of the spread of diseases.
You are not allowed to take the mountain gorillas pictures or anything around them using cameras that have flash.
While around the mountain gorillas or even in the jungle, you are not allowed to litter, you must keep your rubbish with you and out in the cans out of the forest.
When you want to ease yourself, you need to inform your tour operator and they dig for you whole when you can ease yourself and thereafter you have to cover it
When you meet the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, you are given 1 hour to be around them and this will help you to know about their habits, and take photos.
You are not allowed to have direct contact with the mountain gorillas as they might mistake it for hostility.
If the sunglasses you are putting on reflect light, you are not allowed to keep them on while around mountain gorillas because the reflection on the glasses might them approach you to find out more.
To have the best mountain gorilla trekking activity, you need to come along with good waterproof hiking shoes, enough drinking water, energy-giving snacks, insect repellents, long-sleeved clothes, a camera, binoculars, rain jacket, sunscreen, a hat, facemask, and sanitizer.
Places to trek mountain gorillas in Rwanda
There is only one place where travelers who want to encounter mountain gorillas specifically in Rwanda can visit. The place is the volcanoes national park which is located in the Albertine region in the northwestern part of the country. Tourists can only encounter the endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda in volcanoes national park which hosts more than a quarter on the slopes of Virunga volcanoes-Gahinga, Sabyinyo, Muhabura, Karisimbi, and Bisoke.
How to book your gorilla trekking safari to volcanoes national park
Tourists intending to visit the volcanoes national park can book themselves a safari by first sending an email to Rwanda Development Board a body in charge of tourism in Rwanda. The email should contain the days which you are interested in trekking mountain gorillas and using the days given, they will check for availability of the permits. Once the permits are available, you will receive an email containing different methods you can pay for the permit, and once you have paid and they have received the money you will have booked a permit. You can go ahead to book accommodation and transport.
Using Africa Adventure Vacations Limited
Africa Adventure Vacations is a tour company organizing safaris in East Africa and they do help tourists on booking gorilla safaris in volcanoes national park. What you have to do is send us an email containing the dates you want to travel and using these dates we shall check for the availability of the permits.
Once the permits are available, we shall go ahead and send you different ways of paying for the permit. When the money for the permit is received, we shall book the permit for you. We shall then look for the accommodation of your choice in your budget and book and for the case of transport, we do have our cars.
How much is a gorilla permit for volcanoes national park?
Volcanoes national park gorilla permits are $1500 per person above the age of 15 years per trek. The gorilla trekking permit is issued out by Rwanda Development Board and it allows a person to be around mountain gorillas for 1 hour in their natural habitats.
What to pack for a gorilla trekking safari to volcanoes national park Rwanda?
Tourists coming to volcanoes national park Rwanda for gorilla trekking can pack waterproof hiking shoes, a pair of gaiters, long-sleeved clothes, a rain jacket, a hat, sunscreen, a pair of binoculars, a camera and extra batteries, drinking water bottle, energy-giving snacks, first aid kit, face masks and sanitizer.