Can I track the gorillas?
In order to track gorillas and really enjoy the experience, we recommend that our guests are fit and in good health. Tracking in thick forest at heights of up to 3,000 metres, traversing steep-sided mountains and ravines, can be arduous, especially if it is wet. To protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 are allowed to go gorilla tracking. Being in good health is not simply something that will ensure a more enjoyable experience – people who are ill on the day of the tracking may be not be allowed to track. Please do keep us informed should you any health concerns. To minimize the possible transmission of human diseases, visitors are asked to maintain a distance of about 20 feet from the gorillas whenever possible.
Gorilla tracking permits
Only a limited number of permits are available in each gorilla park. It is therefore essential that we book your safari well in advance. Permits need to be paid for at the time of the initial safari booking so that they can be purchased immediately. A delay in payment can result in permits not being secured for the intended dates. A percentage of the gorilla permit fee goes to communities living around the gorilla parks.
Gorilla tracking rules
At the National Park headquarters (or at your lodge for private tracking), ranger guides will explain the rules for tracking gorillas. These rules are designed to protect both you and the gorillas and you will understand why they must be adhered to.
Once the gorillas have been located, the group is allowed to spend an hour with the gorillas. Flash photography is not permitted, so fast film is useful (400-1600 ASA) or appropriate digital camera settings. It is such an exceptional experience and we do encourage personal video cameras to capture the moment. Professional filmmakers, however, require permission to film in the National Parks and need to purchase filming permits.