Frequently Asked Questions about Gorilla Trekking

Can I track the gorillas if I am feeling unwell?

No. Gorillas are susceptible to human disease and even

something minor to us can be fatal to them. Take care of your health prior to your safari to try and avoid getting sick. You must warn your guide if you are feeling unwell.

How big are the gorilla tracking groups?

There is a maximum of 8 people per gorilla tracking group in Rwanda and Uganda.

How far is my accommodation to the gorilla park headquarters?

You will be located within easy access of the park headquarters, but the distance will depend on which accommodation you opt for. The distance to the headquarters will vary from a one minute walk to an hour’s drive.

How fit do I need to be to track the gorillas?

Gorilla tracking excursions can vary in length and difficulty. It is possible that you will spend anything from 40 minutes to 7 hours tracking through the rainforest and you can reach altitudes of up to 6,500 feet above sea level. Anyone with a reasonable fitness level should be okay, but you must remember that paths can be slippery and steep and the foliage thick.

 

The terrain is a little more difficult in Uganda than it is in Rwanda. You can take your time, and don’t worry if your group is slow, you will still have a full hour with the gorillas.

How long can I spend with the gorillas?

Upon seeing the gorillas you will have just one hour with them. We recommend you track them at least twice. The second time you often feel you can put the camera down and really enjoy the experience.

What is the minimum age for tracking gorillas?

15 years. It may be possible for a younger child to be cared for at your lodge whilst you are tracking gorillas.

Will I definitely see the gorillas?

These are wild animals so there are no guarantees, but it is highly unlikely you won’t see them. In all our years of operating in these

 

regions, we have had just one client unsuccessful, and she tracked them twice, getting some amazing sightings the second time.

 

Guides are trained in locating the gorillas and will know where they were the day before, as well as their movement habits.

What do I need to wear?

We will provide you with a packing list on booking. A few essentials include gardening gloves to help with spikey vegetation, worn

in sturdy hiking boots and a waterproof, windproof, breathable jacket. Whilst out tracking gorillas you will want to wear natural / khaki coloured clothing, preferably quick drying and moisture wicking.

 

Bring a smaller backpack for trekking that you can fit extra layers in, as well as you camera equipment etc.