Gorilla trekking must go on to support the conservation of the only mountain gorillas in the world. Although Covid-19 has swept the entire world, we need to learn how to live with and still enjoy holiday experiences. Rwanda is ones of the chest boxes for Africa primate jewels the mountain gorillas sharing them with Uganda and D.R.Congo.
In order to avoid watering done the over a decade conservation campaign for the mountain gorillas started by Dr Dianne Fossey, gorilla trekking must continue. Rwanda has set up strict yet friendly policies to protect the mountain gorillas and yet protect humans too.
Vaccinate fully before travelling for gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Take the Corona Virus Jabs and carry your vaccination certificate plus vaccinate for other diseases that are required before travel like yellow fever.
Before travelling to Rwanda take a Covid-19 test but it must be negative at least 72 hours before your time of travel. The most comfortable medical test required for anyone planning on gorilla trekking in Rwanda is the PCR (SARS-Cov2 Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction)
It is more convenient if you take this test, complete the Passenger Locator Form and upload your negative results to Rwanda Immigration website before travel. This reduces on the lengthy procedure at the immigration office on arrival at the Kigali airport.
As gorillas have about 96% human Genes, they are vulnerable to catching any human infections. In the recent discovery after testing a gorilla in Australia and it tested positive of Corona Virus, every Authority conserving the gorillas worldwide has had to tighten its approach.
Rwanda stores its jewels in the mountain gorillas so in order to be sure that you are safe enough to meet the gorillas, another test is done on arrival at a friendly cost of about $ 60.
Getting your results may take a day which is about 24 hours but you have to overnight at selected hotel while observing the SOPs.
After gorilla trekking, you must take another PCR test before heading for Kigali airport as this is one of the requirements for boarding a flight worldwide. In case its negative then you can comfortably travel back home.
Carry At least 2 Clean Face Masks for gorilla trekking in Rwanda Post Covid-19
Since the outbreak of the Corona Virus, lots of thing have changed in the world and so are the gorilla trekking safaris. A face mask is a must item to add to your clothes but the most advisable mask would be N97 .
Even the surgical masks may be comfortable or a cotton mask but you have to avoid dropping them in the wilderness while gorilla trekking.
Dumping any kind of waste in the wilderness is forbidden as this destroys the natural setting. Gorillas entirely feed on foliage that grows naturally.
On the way to find the mountain gorillas, you will make some short stops to take a breather. It has been discovered that wearing the face mask for the biggest part of the day is unhealthy.
As you draw closer to the mountain gorillas, you will be requested to wear another clean mask so that you feel fresh and ready to meet the gorillas.
Carry a Hand Sanitizer that is friendly to Your Skin during Gorilla Trekking
As one of the measures to reduce on the chances of catching or spreading the Covid-19 Virus, washing hands regularly or hand sanitizing is one of the health measures.
Although medicated water is provided at the ranger station and everyone must wash hands or sanitise before heading to the ranger station for briefing, its more convenient to carry your own.
We understand that some tourists have sensitive skins that may react to certain chemical so we advise our clients to carry at least a hand sanitizer that they are comfortable with.
Do not spit In the forest while gorilla trekking in Rwanda
More emphasis is put on Hygiene in Rwanda Volcanoes National park so try not to spit carelessly in the forest especially on the foliage on which the primates feed.
Even other primates feed on the vegetation in the forest so try to keep the wilderness safe and clean.
When with the Gorillas in Rwanda Keep about 10 meters away from them
The tenacity of meeting mountain gorilla on a gorilla trekking safari in Africa is to fulfil a dream come true experience but this must be backed by conservation.
The Rwanda Wildlife Authority together with Rwanda Development Board have changed the rule of keeping a distance of about 8 meters away from the gorillas to 10 meters apart.
Conservation work for the mountain gorillas has come a long way so washing down all these achievements would undermine the Work of Fallen Dr Dianne Fossey.
A space of about 10 meters has been agreed upon to reduce on any chances of transmitting the Corona Virus to the mountain gorillas or them infecting human just in case.
Volunteer To Stay behind In Case you feel any illness before gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Much as gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda is like winning a lottery but conserving the mountain gorillas is above all. One of the gorilla trekking rules states that in case of any infectious disease, volunteer to stay behind to save the mountain gorillas.
More emphasis has been put on this rules as mountain gorillas are susceptible to any human communicable infections like influenza, Corona Virus and so much more.
When you Volunteer to stay behind before starting your gorilla trek, you may be refunded based on the policy of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
All year round gorilla trekking in Rwanda is open but most travelers book the gorilla trekking permits in advance.
It’s best to secure your gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda at least 2 months to the day of gorilla trekking. Much as the Corona Virus Pandemic has hit hard on travel plans, gorillas trekking has stood the test of time been demanded keep on increasing as most people are trying to keep away from crowded holiday destinations.
What makes gorilla trekking quite special is the fact that the number of travelers is controlled with only 8 gorilla trekking permits released to trekkers per day. At the moment Rwanda Development Board has reduced the gorilla permits to about 6 released per day putting more emphasis on reducing crowds yet serving the yarning population.
Rwanda gorilla trekking area of Volcanoes National park has thrived during the lockdown period. Primates have increased in number and most trails have been covered by plants as there has been a limited number of people visiting.
A number of babies have been born to different gorilla trekking families in Rwanda making the experience even more exciting. Watching the mother gorillas take care of the infant is absolutely adorable.
The lazy rivers that wet the forest surface have increased in volume covering up some walking bords. Virunga area is the water catchment point for areas surrounding Volcanoes National park. Thousands of birds linger the Volcanoes National park making it a double chance for keen birders.