General Health Rules for Gorilla tracking
Below is a set of rules / guide lines to be followed by visitor intending to track gorillas in their habitat. The aim is to protect gorillas from contagious diseases which 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 are allowed to visit a gorilla group every day. This is in all the 3 countries (Uganda, Rwanda and 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 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 metres 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 harbour diseases or other contaminants.
6) If a visitor want to ease her or him self, should ask the guide to dig a hole and covered well after.
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