The 20 primate trekking rules: Primate trekking is the activity of going into the wild most often a forest where you long to the primates and spend an hour with them.

These primate treks are common in East Africa and are done majorly in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Animals trekked in these countries are mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys, baboons and others.

They are trekked in several habitats that include but are not limited to: –

Volcanoes National Park for gorillas and Nyungwe National Park for chimpanzees all in Rwanda, Virunga National Park for both gorillas and chimpanzees in the democratic republic of Congo, Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda for gorillas, Kibale national park, kyambura gorge, budongo forest and others for chimpanzees in Uganda.

At all these locations primates are trekked all your round by wildlife lovers.

However, on these treks different rules are followed and here are the top 20 primate trekking rules.

You can only trek with a valid permit. You need to purchase a trekking permit in advance to allow you to trek. The permits cost USD 1500 in Rwanda, USD 700 in Uganda and USD 400 in the democratic republic of Congo.

You have to be above 15 years to trek. Younger humans are not allowed to trek.

You cannot trek when you are sick, especially if you have a communicable disease. Because the primates share about 90% of their DNA with humans, you can easily pass on the disease to the primates which may be fatal for the primates

The 20 primate trekking rules
Western Lowland Gorilla.

All trekking experiences start with a briefing that is compulsory for all trekkers

Trekking is done in groups of 8 or 10. Please stay in your allocated group.

Don’t litter the forest on your trek.

Don’t destroy the forest too, by breaking branches and pulling down tree parts anyhow.

When you get to the gorillas, observe them in silence. Avoid making noises or sounds that would irritate the primates

Keep a 7-meter distance between you and the primates

Don’t touch the primates

Don’t feed the primates

Don’t shout at or talk to the primates

Don’t make weird gestures when in the presence of the primates

Don’t run while in the presence of the primates

If a primate comes close to you stay still

Respect the one hour time limit given to you in the presence of the primates

Don’t use flashes when taking pictures of the primates

Don’t wander off in the forest without direction or your group

When you are threatened by a primate, stay put, the primate will turn away.

Have fun on your trekking experience

All trekkers are expected to follow these rules no matter where they are trekking. These rules help keep you safe and also protect the primates. Because the trekking experiences are usually done for the primate conservation. So, it’s very imperative that that objective is kept.

You should know though those different primate facilities also have some additional rules they may need you to follow so be informed of them and follow them on top of the ones mentioned above.

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