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INFORMATION ON GORILLAS:
Gorillas are our closest living relatives among the World’s great apes, studies of fossils, genes, physiology and behavior have revealed just how recently our shared lineage divided. Gorillas are complex, highly intelligent apes besieged by threats on all sides, including poachers, diseases and confined to a dwindling habitat that is in constant danger of being further eroded.
Charismatic animals such as Gorillas serve as “flagship” species. The Mountain gorilla not only attracts public support in its own right, but also helps to focus attention on its afro-montane habitat, upon which many other species depend for survival.
Mountain gorillas are the big attraction of Bwindi and Mgahinga. They are very special animals - rare, gently, like us yet so different. Tracking gorillas is a unique experience - it leads you into a strange land to meet unusual creatures on their own terms. This can be humbling and thrilling at the same time.
We must stress that, while you have a very good chance of seeing gorillas, success is NOT guaranteed! They are wild creatures with no fixed routines.
The guides and trackers have helped to habituate the gorilla groups and know them intimately. They will take you to the areas where they left the gorillas the day before. Before leaving, they will be able to suggest how long the hike might take. While walking, please ask your guides to slow down if they are going too fast and if you need a rest. Feel free to stop and look at the birds or flowers, etc., the guide will ensure that they do not leave you behind. Watch out for safari ants on the trail - they bite and hang on, and if you step in them and get covered, the only solution is to strip. The actual trail you will follow will depend on where the trackers left the group and what signs they find to indicate where the group has gone. They are looking for crushed vegetation, broken plants that the gorillas might eat, and fresh dung. If you find the place where the group slept, you will see the gorilla's nests, which they make fresh each night.
When you find the gorillas, there is no guarantee that you will be able to photograph them. They often range in broken forest where vegetation is dense.
What to bring
· Gorilla tracking can be a long and challenging walk, so come prepared.
· Wear shoes with good traction, suitable to step muddy slopes.
· Carry rain gear, sunscreen and a hat, as the weather is unpredictable.
· Carry water and food
· Carry insect repellants
· When taking photographs, remember your subjects are black animals in dim light and use a fast film (400-800 ASA); over expose, if possible.
· Departure is 8.30 a.m. If you are late, you lose your place and permit fee!
In order to minimize behavioral disturbance to the gorilla and the risk of exposure to human-borne disease some rules must followed:
· Keep your voice down or be quiet. You will see and hear more if you do.
· Do not point or waive your arms - this can be seen as a threat. Move slowly.
· If approached by a gorilla, back away slowly to keep 5-metre separation.
· Do not use a flash - this could frighten the gorillas and bother other visitors.
· Please always keep your voices low. You will then also be able to observe the great bird life and other wildlife in the forest.
· DO NOT leave rubbish in the park. Whatever you bring into the forest should be carried back out with you.
· Always wash your hands before you head out to the gorillas.
· Keep a minimum of 5 meters (15 feet) from the gorillas. This is to protect them from catching human diseases
· You must stay in tight group when you are near the gorillas.
· Keep your voices down at all times. However, it is OK to ask the guide questions
· Do not eat or drink while you are near the gorillas. Eating or drinking inevitably will increase the risk of food/drink morsels/droplets falling, which could increase the risk of transmission of diseases.
· Sometimes the gorillas charge. Follow the guides example-crouch down slowly, do not look the gorillas directly in the eyes and wait for the animals to pass. Do not try and take pictures and do not attempt to run away. Running away will increase the risk.
· Flash photography is not permitted! When taking pictures move slowly and carefully.
· Do not touch the gorillas. They are wild animals. ….
· The 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.
· After the visit keep your voices down until you are 200 metres from the gorillas.
General Health Rules
Remember gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. The following are ways to minimize the risk your visit might pose to them:
· Respect the limits imposed on the number of visitors allowed with the gorillas each day. This minimizes the risk of disease transmission and stress to the group.
· If you are feeling ill, or you are carrying a contagious disease, volunteer to stay behind. An alternate visit will be arranged for you, or you will be refunded your money.
· 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 or viruses.
· Always stay 5 metres (15 feet) away form the gorillas. The further back you are, the more relaxed the group will be.
· Do not attempt to touch the gorillas
· Do not smoke, drink or eat when you are with the gorillas
· Do not leave any rubbish (e.g. food wrappers) in the Park; foreign items can harbor diseases or other contaminants.
· If you need to defecate, whilst in the forest, please ask the guide to dig you a hole with a panga. Make sure the hole is 30cms deep and fill it in when you are finished.
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