Gorilla rules are meant to safe guard their health, protection and also deliver a memorable gorilla experience for visitors. Gorillas share 95% of their DNA with humans so are vulnerable to contract human borne diseases.
At the start of the trek every early morning, guides conduct a briefing which is mandatory for every tourist to attend to. Visitors are told to keep a distance of 8 meters, switching off camera flashlight, no eating or drinking and touching gorillas while those who are sick are advised to stay behind. A group of 8 visitors should stay in tight group until one hour is fully utilized.
Just like any viable human being, one has to take good care of him/herself in order to have a befitting life without any disease as well as life threatening obstacles. So to minimize possible transmission of human diseases, visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7m (about 22 feet) from the gorillas. If you are sick with a cold, flu or other contagious illness, please do not visit the gorillas.
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