Gorilla tracking safety in national parks! Rwanda is one of the East African countries which in May 2017 through its tourism regulatory arm of government increased the cost of the gorilla trekking permit from $US750 to $US1500. The justification was that the extra money was needed to expand the park. It’s a controversial move that has priced the experience out of many people’s reach (particularly as only 10 percent of the fee goes back to the local community). But as local tourism the country has luxury lodges here that charge $2000 a night this makes it even a luxury gorilla trekking destination and this pushes them for more gorilla tracking safety precautions in the region.
Ensuring the safety and comfort of both tourists and gorillas is of utmost importance. The gorilla families made available for tourists have undergone a thorough habituation process, which typically spans two to three years.
By strictly adhering to the guidelines provided by park rangers, particularly regarding the critical distance of 7 meters, you can enjoy an unforgettable and secure encounter with these magnificent creatures. In the event that a gorilla approaches you, remember not to panic or run. Instead, calmly sit until the gorilla moves away. Keep your voice low, avoid sudden movements, and refrain from using flash cameras, as these actions can startle or provoke the gorillas. Additionally, it’s important not to consume food or drinks in the presence of the gorilla families. These rules are diligently followed to ensure a safe and remarkable experience in the jungle with the tracked gorilla families. Your cooperation is instrumental in preserving this extraordinary natural habitat for future generations.
With the conservation efforts of Dian Fossey, gorilla tourism became the only feasible way to protect and save mountain gorillas from extinction as income from gorilla permit sales finance conservation projects including supporting research, paying gorilla doctors, medicines, and park staff as well as benefiting the governments where gorillas are located.
Your safety and security during your adventure are paramount. Each expedition is accompanied by a well-trained and experienced park ranger equipped with an AK 47 gun, ensuring visitor safety while tracking mountain gorillas in the dense forest. It’s important to note that both Uganda and Rwanda are considered safe for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. They have enjoyed prolonged periods of peace and stability, setting them apart from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which is still in the process of recovery from political instabilities.
According to the World Economic Forum, Rwanda is now Africa’s safest nation. It’s also one of the continent’s cleanest and least corrupt and is one of only two countries in the world with a female majority parliament. Compared to the rest of the wildlife safaris in Africa, gorilla trekking is undoubtedly one of the few adventures in the world that allow tourists to have a close encounter with the Apes while in their natural environment, and you can make a booking with us for this memorable exploration in the land of a thousand hills.
Accommodation centers (lodges, camps, and hotels) have armed guards on duty 24/7 to protect the lodge and ensure travelers’ safety. These guards are mostly ex-military men and others trained with various security companies to provide security services.
Given the memorable experience you will have encountered, you will go back home with a tone of fanatic experiences and stories to share with your loved ones, friends, and family as well as sharing stunning pictures of your entire safari and more so feel like coming back for another extensive holiday.