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Dos and Don’ts of gorilla trekking

Dos and Don’ts of gorilla trekking

Gorilla trekking is a unique and exciting experience, but it’s essential to follow certain guidelines to ensure the safety of both visitors and the gorillas. Here are some dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking:

Dos and Don’ts of gorilla trekking


  1. Follow the instructions of the guides and rangers at all times.
  2. Maintain a safe distance of at least 7 meters (about 23 feet) from the gorillas.
  3. Speak softly and avoid making sudden movements or loud noises that could startle the gorillas.
  4. Observe the gorillas quietly and avoid direct eye contact, as this can be seen as a threat or a challenge.
  5. Stay in a tight group and avoid wandering off on your own during the trek.
  6. Respect the gorillas’ habitat and avoid leaving any trash or litter behind.
  7. Listen to the briefing provided before the trek and ask any questions you may have.

Don’tsDos and Don’ts of gorilla trekking

  1. Do not feed the gorillas or attempt to touch them.
  2. Do not use flash photography, as this can disturb the gorillas and may be prohibited in some areas.
  3. Do not smoke, eat, or drink in the presence of the gorillas.
  4. Avoid trekking if you are feeling unwell, as gorillas are susceptible to human illnesses.
  5. Do not leave any items or belongings behind during the trek.
  6. Refrain from making any sudden movements that could startle or agitate the gorillas.

Following these dos and don’ts will help ensure a safe and enjoyable gorilla trekking experience for both you and the gorillas, while also contributing to the conservation efforts aimed at protecting these endangered species and their natural habitats.

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