Protecting the mountain gorillas is the first rule; this means that if the tracker is sick or has any infections shouldn’t be allowed to come in contact with the gorillas.
Manners are recommended- always turn away your face while coughing or sneezing and remember to cover the nose as well as the mouth to help reduce on the bacteria transfer to the mountain gorillas.
Don’t over stay with the gorillas – End ever to stay for the only recommended time with the gorillas; it’s usually one hour that is allowed.
Keeping distance from the primates- it’s always recommended that you stay away from mountain gorillas between 5 to 7 meters because they are wild animals and can easily catch diseases from humans.
Well behaving while trekking: the rangers always advise the trekkers to keep noise levels as low as possible, avoid pointing or using flash light when taking photos of the mountain gorillas.
Being prepared- remember to always carry water proof and warm gears for the cool conditions within the mountains since it sometimes gets wet within the forest and comfortable walking shoes are of a great advantage.
No smoking and no snacks- Visitors are not allowed to drink or eat as well as smoking during Congo gorilla tours in Virunga National Park.
Cleanliness is recommended- Always wash your hands before engaging in gorilla trekking. Keep hands intact- don’t touch the mountain gorillas at any time, always keep hands to yourself to avoid direct contact.
Avoid littering within the forest and keep the trash to yourself. Always remain calm– Avoid direct eye contact in case the gorilla charges and stay calm until it moves away. Toilet manners- A ranger will be willing to dig a hole for you and after make sure it is fully covered.
Cost of Congo Gorilla permits
Those planning to track mountain gorillas in Virunga national park, you are advised to book with one of the best tour operators. The Congo gorilla permit costs ($400) per person.
The mountain gorillas in Virunga national park can be visited anytime during the year however some paths are hard to navigate during the wet seasons of (May/April and November & October) whereby during this season, Congo gorilla trekking permits are reduced to ($200) per person. Other months are okay for gorilla trekking since it’s a dry season.