Primate tracking rules, Chimpanzee tracking regulations in Uganda | Rules governing the trekking of Gorillas & Chimpanzees. Uganda is an ideal primate tracking destination with the top sought-after Africa tour primates. During the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) set up guidelines on top of the existing ones to help tourists track the primates especially chimpanzees and gorillas.
The primate tracking rules and regulations are set to ensure that tourists are safe and may not carry on any contagious diseases to the primates.
These primates share more than 90% of their DNA with humans and therefore can catch these human diseases and even die from them.
Both the primates and humans must be carefully protected during these times to prevent the possibility of losing a population that has steadily increased following great conservation efforts.
Here are the set primate tracking rules and regulations in Uganda for the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees;
iii) Wearing a face mask while inside the protected area
vii) Saloon car vehicles shall not be permitted to carry out game drives activities in the protected areas.
viii) Visitors going to the parks are encouraged to carry their own hand sanitizer.
During the trek Rules and Regulations
Chimpanzee Tracking Guidelines
Chimpanzees can catch your diseases, you must not enter the forest if you are sick.
Do not leave litter in the forest
If you need to urinate or defecate, do so off the trail. Bury your waste in a hole (30cm deep) along with any toilet paper.
Keep as quiet as possible in the forest, you will see more.
Keep at least 8 meters (25 feet) from the chimpanzees at all times.
Do not mimic chimpanzee’s vocalization (you do not know what you might be saying)
Do not eat near the chimpanzees
Do not chase the chimpanzees
Do not use flash photography
To track all of the primates in Uganda, one has to follow all of these guidelines. We plan all the best Uganda gorilla safaris and Uganda chimpanzees trekking safaris for short and long itineraries. Acacia safaris also plan primate tracking tours during Tanzania safaris, Rwanda tours, and Kenya safaris.