Uganda National Parks Rules and Regulations
Uganda National Parks Rules and Regulations: As we all know that all protected areas are governed by rules and regulations in order to secure the place. In regard for Uganda national park, there are strict rules and regulations followed by the travelers in order to promote their conservation and protection for future generations and such rules are set up every after two years, by the governing body in charge of all the ten Uganda national park known as Uganda Wildlife Authority ‘’UWA’’.
Below are the rules and regulations to be observed by all travelers, tour guides and drivers, all vehicles driving inside national parks of Uganda and reserves.
- General Uganda National Park Rules and Regulations
- Travelers shouldn’t drive off the track.
- You shouldn’t disturb wildlife by sounding motor horns.
- Firearms and ammunition are not allowed into the park.
- You shouldn’t exceed the speed limit of 40kilomters per hour.
- Dogs or other pets are not allowed into the park.
- There is a limited time of driving in the park which starts from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm. Beyond 6:30 pm is not allowed except for the night game drives which can be allowed and can be managed and guided by the park officials.
- It’s not good to camp on your own or make campfire except at designated sites.
- Driving off tracks is not allowed since all national parks have set tracks for drivers and guides to protect the wildlife at the different national park.
- Unnecessary notices in the parks is not allowed as it disturbs wildlife and destructs game viewing experience.
- Do not litter rubbish in the park, the park has rubbish pits at all park entrance same as toilet points at the entrance of each national park.
- Travelers are not allowed to pick any vegetation or flowers in the park.
- All park’s payment receipts and entrance cards are to be checked at the entrance of the park and please keep your receipts for inspection.
Gorilla trekking Rules and Regulations
These are the strict rules and regulations to be known by travelers before they set off to the gorilla trekking safaris.
- You should not visit gorillas if you have a cold or other infectious illness.
- There is a limited number of eight people per trek per group.
- Children of 15 years is the minimum age allowed to go for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park and children 15 years are not allowed to trek.
- Human waste must be buried at least 30 cm deep when in the wildness.
- Travelers should be physically fit for trekking in order to engage in gorilla trekking activity since it walks can last for 1 to 6 hour and for sure you need to get prepared for this.
- To the disabled one and those with health issues and can notably trek to the gorillas are being catered for to see the gorillas. Since the park offers helicopter which is manually comfortable with lifted chairs to be able to watch gorillas and back to the beginning points. You shouldn’t get scared and never to fulfill your dream of watching these incredible mountain gorillas in their nature habitats because of a disability.
When you’re with mountain gorillas in nature habitant rules to follow include;
- Smoking, eating near gorillas and drinking is not allowed.
- A traveler with cough or flue you should end over to cover your face and turn away from the gorillas as they can easily be affected remember, mountain gorillas are 98% DNA of human genes.
- Travelers visit gorillas is one hour per gorilla group per day.
- Flash photographs are not allowed because they may threaten the gorillas.
- When you’re with mountain gorillas, you should avoid direct eye contact with gorillas but if it happens accidentally turn way as it may threaten the gorillas and carry out a violent reaction.
- You should listen to your guide and do what exactly he recommends you.
- Stay away 7 meters from the gorillas as you watch them in the wild.
- Don’t touch on mountain gorillas.
What to carry on your gorilla Safari?
- Carry a packed lunch box and enough drinking water.
- Put on comfortable hiking shoes that are suitable for steep muddy slopes.
- Carry your earplugs which can support you in uncomfortable with the sounds of the jungle.
- Carry a camera with enough battery.
Respectively, it’s good for travelers to always obey the above-written rules and regulations when it comes to visiting Uganda’s gorilla destination.