COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES FOR GORILLA TREKKING IN MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
Covid-19 safety measures for Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga national park : Gorilla trekking in mgahinga national park is among the most memorable activities you can take part in while you embark on your Uganda safari. The park is a home to some of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas that can also be found in Bwindi impenetrable national park which can be accessed when you hike the virunga mountains that is mount Gahinga, mount sabyinyo and mount Muhabura that will give you access to the habituated gorilla families in Uganda.
Interesting about gorilla trekking in Uganda is the fact that you will have the chance to spend one hour with the endangered mountain gorillas which are quite distinctive from the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega national park. As you spend time with the gorillas you will observe rewarding features of the primates like their behaviour in the wild, their feeding patterns, how they co-exist with one another, their different characteristics and many other features, however you should put in mind that with covid-19 a lot has changed which has led the park management to come up with a number of covid-19 safety measures for gorilla trekking in mgahinga national park to avoid the spread of the virus to the hikers and the primates during the activity.
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
- You should have a negative covid -19 certificate that you will present on reaching the Uganda at the Entebbe international airport that will give you access to visit mgahinga national park because failure to present it you will be advised to take a covid-19 test or be denied access to enter the country in case you are not in position to under quarantine.
- Covid-19 testing for fully vaccinated travellers is optional and this implies you are advised to carry your vaccine documents that will excuse you from taking part in quarantine on reaching the country and also taking a second covid-19 test. The documents will enable you to avoid any delays in taking part in your activities in Uganda. After clearance you will just start your Uganda safari without any inconvenience.
- Social distance should be maintained when taking part in gorilla trekking in mgahinga national park. a distance of 2 metres should be maintained which will help you to avoid the easy spread of the virus in case any of the tourists might have come across an infected person.
- While carrying gorilla trekking in mgahinga national park, when you get to the habituated gorilla families, you should maintain a distance away from the gorillas to avoid the spread of the virus to the primates in instances where a hiker might have come in contacted with an infected person or when the virus is incubating in their bodies.
- Before taking part in the activity you should be checked with a temperature gun to identify any temperature abnormalities that can be a sign of covid-19 and this will lead to self isolation and in case it is serious, an examination will be carried out and thus a hiker will not be allowed to take part in gorilla trekking as a way of avoiding spreading the virus to other hikers and primates at large.
- Tourists are advised to carry hand sanitizers in case they come in contact with the contaminated surfaces.
- Regular disinfecting of surfaces you come in contact with before you participate in gorilla trekking should be carried out to avoid contamination of surfaces.
OTHER SAFETY MEASURES FOR GORILLA TREKKING IN THE PARK
- Follow the lead of the guide while taking part in gorilla trekking in Mgahinga national park because the park is a habitat to a number of wild animals that you can get in contact with but with the guide, he will take you through the safe trails in the park that will ensure you do not come in contact with the vicious animals.
- As a way to protect the tourists as they hike through the forests to get to the habituated gorilla species, you will be accompanied by an armed ranger that will be able to protect you in case of any security threats and vicious animal attacks in the park.
- Avoid eating in the presence of the gorillas because they will attack you in order o get a bite of whatever you’re eating and the encounter can be brutal.
- Loitering in the park should be avoided during gorilla trekking in Mgahinga national park because it can easily spread the virus in case the litter is contaminated with undetected viruses.
- Feeding the gorillas with the food you eat should be avoided because in case of any virus, it can be easily be spread to the gorillas and because the primates are vulnerable species that can easily contract any disease which can be a threat to their sustainability.