Mountain gorillas are gentle giants
You visit habituated gorillas
You trek with a trained guide
Gorilla trekking safety guidelines
Don't use flash photography, as this could startle them. Only stand as close to the primates as the trek guide says you can (which is usually no closer than three metres). Don't make sudden movements or loud noises as these could alarm the gorillas. Don't wear bright or neon colours, and don't wear strong cologne or perfume. If a gorilla comes close, remain submissive and do not look them in the eye, as this is interpreted as a challenge.
The forest trek is safe, but tough
You need to be prepared
Uganda and Rwanda are stable countries
Well-run national parks
A safe, but exciting, adventure!