While Volcanoes National Park is open to visitor at any time of the year, there are a set rules visitors must observe. These are guidelines or safety measures intended to ensure protection and conservation of wildlife, as well as safety of tourists while exploring the park.
Volcanoes National Park rules
- Do not litter Volcanoes National Park. Once you have set foot into the jungles of Volcanoes Park, maximum respect on the environment must be accorded. The used containers or items must be disposed off into the designated dustbins and if you are on gorilla trekking, still you can carry back your used items back to the park offices (Kinigi) where you can find dustbins.
- Don’t smoke- Volcanoes National Park is largely a primate tour destination, home to both the endangered golden monkeys and mountain gorillas, etc. To be specific, mountain gorillas are our closest relatives sharing over 98% of their DNA with that of humans. Smoking in their presence puts them at a higher risk of contracting infectious diseases. Other than smoking, eating and drinking in the presence of gorillas isn’t allowed.
- Noise is highly prohibited -try as much as you can to keep low your voices while in the jungles searching for mountain gorillas. If you make loud noise, gorillas get scared and it may make them get irritated or charge at you.
- Picking of flowers/vegetation in the park is prohibited as the act leads to growth of invasive species.
- Fire arms and other ammunition aren’t allowed in Volcanoes National Park.
- When you come across primates such as golden monkeys and mountain gorillas, maintain a distance of 7 meters away to avoid spreading infectious diseases to them.