Some call it Trekking and some call it Tracking. The reason for this is because you are tracking the gorillas in their natural habitat, so to reach them sometimes takes hours of trekking along the way!

Park Permits should be booked well in advance and are paid for at the time of booking, permits are non-refundable. Trekking with the gorillas is a very special experience with these endangered species.

To visit the gorillas you must be in good health as reaching the families of gorillas will have you tracking through dense forest. Wet conditions are to be expected, as well, the possibility of climbing to high altitudes of up to 3000 meters. Children under the age of 15 are not able to visit the gorillas.  Any person that is sick on the day of their trek, with flu or cold or any other contagious virus will not be able to enter the park and may not be entitled to a refund.

Tracking groups are limited to 8 people and your visit with the gorillas will be one hour, once you find your dedicated family group. Group sizes are limited to protect the Mountain Gorillas from the risk of exposure to human diseases. Limited number of permits to trek the gorillas are available in each park in order to reduce the behavioural impact on the gorillas.

Things to bring and do..

  • carry a light backpack that can fit your lunch, energy snacks and bottles of water
  • be sure to carry enough water - for a possible 6 hour trek
  • wash your hands before heading out on your trek
  • hike with gators and long pants to protect yourself from bugs and thick bush
  • light rain jacket is recommended
  • wear comforatable hiking boots, preferable waterproof
  • wear light layers, you want to be comfortable
  • wear gloves for protection from nettles

Things to expect when trekking the Mountain Gorillas.

How long will we spend with the gorillas? Only one hour is allowed. A distance of at least 7 meters is required.  

Can we touch the gorillas? Movements around the gorillas must be nonthreatening. Do not point at the gorillas. No venturing behind thick shrubs. You may surprise a gorilla.

What happens if a gorilla comes towards me? If a gorilla charges or vocalizes, do not look directly at it. Stand perfectly still unless the guide asks you to crouch or move back.

Park rules that must be followed or you will be asked to leave the park.

  •  No spitting in the park
  •  No littering in the park
  •  No coughing in the direction of the gorillas
  •  Only speak in whispers
  •  If a nettle stings you, do not cry out, scream, shout-out loud or make any sudden moves.

Children under the age of 15 are not able to visit the gorillas.  Any person that is sick on the day of their trek, with flu or cold or any other contagious virus will not be able to enter the park.