The gorillas live in four national parks in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga in Uganda; Parc National Des Volcans (PNV) in Rwanda; and Virunga National Park in the DRC. At the moment, we are not running safaris to DRC but plans are underway; please get in contact for updates.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking Rules

The same rules apply to gorilla parks of Uganda, Rwanda and DRC with slight variations. Gorilla trekking start from the Park Headquarters with a briefing every morning at 0730hrs. As you prepare yourself for a gorilla trekking expedition, please take note of the rules and regulations below.

  1. No one with communicable disease like cough, Flu, Diarrhea etc is allowed to enter the park.
  2. Stay together in a tight group while with the gorillas, do not surround them.
  3. Do not get closer than 7 meters (21 feet) to the gorillas.
  4. Do not use flashes while photographing the gorillas.
  5. Do not eat or smoke when with the gorillas or within a distance of 200 meters from the gorillas.
  6. Turn away from the gorillas if you have to sneeze or cough. Cover your nose and mouth in the process.
  7. Burry all human feces a minimum of one foot deep and ensure that the hole is properly covered.
  8. Do not leave litter. All litter must be carried out of the park and disposed off properly.
  9. No person under 15 years is allowed to track gorillas.
  10. Do not make loud noise or move suddenly.
  11. Maximum time you can spend with the gorillas is one hour. However, if the gorillas become agitated or nervous, the guide will finish the visit early.
  12. Do not spit on vegetation or soil while in the park, use your hankie or other garment.
  13. Your group must not be more than 8 tourists and must all be aged 15 years plus.
  14. Gorilla trekking starts early in the morning and once a day. 

Gorilla Tracking Equipment List:

  • A small, lightweight, frameless, waterproof back/day pack.
  • Light, waterproof hiking or walking boots or shoes with treaded soles.
  • Thick, high socks.
  • High speed film 400 ASA minimum, 800 ASA recommended (no flash photography allowed on the track), fast film, binoculars are recommended/
  • Long pants (jeans/khakis) and a long sleeved shirt.
  • Leather or heavy canvas (gardening-style) gloves to grip vegetation (gardening gloves may be advised).
  • Waterproof rain pants, a rain suit or poncho with hood.
  • Moisture wicking undergarments, lightweight wool socks, long-sleeved shirt.
  • Sturdy trousers, sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen, a sun hat, a breathable lightweight rain poncho or parka with a rain hat.
  • Thick sweaters not necessary on the trek, as it gets very hot during tracking. Best to have layers of clothing, as temperatures tend to change. 
  • A waterproof, squash-able hat.
  • You may ask for a walking stick if needed.

First Aid Kit: including anti-diarrhea medicine, rehydration sachets, aspirin, cold medication, antiseptic cream, band-aids, motion sickness pills, lip balm, eye drops and personal medication


In addition to the equipment list for gorilla tracking, the most practical items/clothes to pack for an East Africa trip include:

  • Shirt with long sleeves for protection from the sun and from mosquitoes.
  • T-shirts.
  • Shorts or a light skirt.
  • Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days.
  • Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives or if you are going to the western or eastern mountainous areas.
  • Comfortable walking shoes, hiking boots, waterproof sandals.
  • Sunglasses, hat, insect repellent - essentials!
  • Binoculars and a camera are a must.
  • Tracksuit - good for sleeping when in the mountains.
  • Light, compact raincoat is vital for Uganda's rainy climate.
  • Swimsuit, as most hotels/lodges have swimming pools.
  • Towel, torch and sleeping bag for camping/hiking safaris.

If you have any questions regarding your trip arrangements and we haven’t provided info in this document, please get in contact; or any of the Adventure Consults’ staff handling your file.

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