Mountain gorillas live in groups of 5 to 30 members, dominated by one silverback that dictates all the group activities, such as the time for feeding, where to travel, and when to build nests.
Humans share 98% of their DNA with mountain gorillas, making them their close relatives.
These parks are located in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mountain gorillas are shy and gentle animals, but they can become aggressive when they feel insecure or disturbed.
They first send warning signs like beating their chests, grunting loudly, tearing, and throwing vegetation.
Why you can’t look a gorilla in the eye
One of the gorilla trekking rules and regulations is not to look a gorilla in the eye.
You can’t make eye contact with a gorilla because it can lead to an attack, as the gorilla may feel threatened.
You should look down modestly instead.
On the morning before embarking on a gorilla trekking safari, tourists will be briefed at the park headquarters about the guidelines for trekking mountain gorillas.
Other gorilla rules and regulations
Before going gorilla trekking, tourists should ensure that they are in good health because mountain gorillas are vulnerable to human diseases, and any infections can easily lead to their death, as they are critically endangered.
When in the presence of mountain gorillas, you’re advised to look away while sneezing, and if illness is detected, you might be prevented from trekking with gorillas.
While with mountain gorillas, tourists are asked not to use cameras with flashlights to avoid irritating the gorillas.
If you’re using a phone with a flash camera, it’s better to turn it off.
Tourists trekking with mountain gorillas will be required to maintain a distance of at least 7 meters from the gorillas and avoid touching them because they are wild animals.
Visitors are also prohibited from smoking, eating, or drinking within a range of 200 meters from mountain gorillas to prevent dropped foodstuffs from becoming a source of infection.
When observing mountain gorillas, tourists should maintain silence or speak in low voices, as screaming and talking loudly can make mountain gorillas feel threatened.
Tourists trekking with mountain gorillas should stay in tight groups during observations and remain calm if the gorillas charge at them.
Gorilla trekking can be done in any of the above national parks.
The cost of trekking differs in each country, with Uganda charging $700, Rwanda charging $1500, and Congo offering the cheapest permits at $400.
Gorilla trekking typically starts in the morning, and after finding gorillas, tourists are given an hour to be in the presence of their close human relatives.
What to carry for gorilla trekking
While planning a gorilla trekking safari, keep in mind that mountain gorillas live in higher elevations that often receive rain.
You will also need to hike to find gorillas, so you will need waterproof hiking boots, garden gloves, long-sleeved and warm clothes, raincoats, plenty of drinking water, and insect repellents, to name a few.
Gorilla FAQs & Information
- Why Silverback Gorillas Fight
- Importance of Mountain Gorillas
- What to do when a gorilla charges on you
- What is The Largest Species of Gorillas?
- What is a Group of Gorillas Called?
- What is the Mountain Gorillas Role in The Ecosystem?
- The Mountain Gorilla Defense Mechanism
- How to Provoke/Annoy a Gorilla
- How Gorillas Greet Each Other
- Do All Gorillas Become Silverbacks?
- Do Gorillas like Humans
- Do gorillas Eat of Kill Their Babies?
- Do Gorillas Eat Humans?
- Can you Tame a Gorilla
- Can you Own a Gorilla?
- Do Mountain Gorillas live in Families & Groups?
- How to Protect & Save Mountain Gorillas
- Why Gorillas Are So Strong
- How Many Humans Does it Take to Beat a Gorilla?
- How do you call a Baby Gorilla?
- How Do Gorillas Sleep?
- How Mountain Gorillas Communicate
- The Gorilla Life Cycle
- Do Gorillas drink water?
- Are Gorillas friendly & gentle to humans?
- Why do Apes, Gorillas beat their chest & sound hollow?
- Gorilla Threats: Why Mountain Gorillas were endangered?
- Why were Mountain Gorillas going extinct?
- What is a Silverback Gorilla?
- Gorilla Species: Different Kinds/Types of Gorilla & Breeds
- Mountain Gorilla Diet
- Mountain Gorilla Size, Average Height & Weight Measurements
- Natural Mountain Gorilla Predators
- Mountain Gorilla Population
- Lifespan of Mountain Gorillas
- Mountain Gorilla Natural Habitat
- Mountain Gorilla Conservation Efforts
- Mountain Gorilla Behavior
- How to Survive a Gorilla Attack on Humans
- Are Gorillas Dangerous to the People
- Why are Gorillas Poached in Africa
- How Gorillas Adapt to Rain-forest Environment
- Interesting Facts about Mountain Gorillas in Africa
- Traits, Qualities & Characteristics of Mountain Gorillas
- How Strong is a Silverback Gorilla?
- Best Place to See Mountain Gorillas in Africa
- Uganda Gorilla Families
- Rwanda Gorilla Families
- Congo Gorilla Families
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