General Health Rules for Gorilla tracking
Below is a set of rules/guidelines to be followed by visitors intending to track gorillas in their habitat. The aim is to protect gorillas from contagious diseases that can be transmitted from people to these great apes. These are general health Rules given to gorilla trackers in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo.
1) A maximum of eight people is allowed to visit a gorilla group every day. This is in all the 3 countries (Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo). This minimizes the risk of disease transmission and stress to the group. It also aims are environment conservation by protecting the vegetation cover.
2) Visitors with contagious diseases or sick even if are already at the park are advised to stay behind. An alternative visit can be arranged or a refund can be done.
3) If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze when near the gorillas, please turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth to minimize the spread of bacteria or viruses.
4) Seven meters away from gorillas are recommended. This gives gorillas a relaxed moment.
5) Visitors are advised not to leave any rubbish like food wrappers and plastics among others in the park. Such items can harbor diseases or other contaminants.
6) If a visitor wants to ease her or himself, should ask the guide to dig a hole and covered well after.
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