Sociable weaver birds often have large nests around campsites, and are friendly little birds, a bit like our sparrows. They turned out to be good friends as well as good photo subjects! We'd been camping in the same spot for a couple of days and the birds often came to clear up our crumbs, but one day they started to mass beside a log and make a terrible racket. Looking more closely we saw there was a horned viper very well camouflaged under it. We'd collected kindling from that area so we were glad our little friends had given us the warning. The snake soon got fed up with the noise and moved on, and we were a little more careful picking up wood from then on.
LISABukalders LRPS CPAGB EFIAP
nature and wildlife photography
To protect the gorillas and visitors, the following rules must be adhered to:
1. No one with a communicable disease, such as flu or diarrhoea, is allowed to visit the gorillas.
2. Do not surround the gorillas but remain in a tight group.
3. Leave a distance of at least 5m between you and the gorilla. If they approach you, move back slowly.
4. Flash photography is strictly forbidden.
5. Do not eat or smoke within 200m of the gorilla.
6. If you need to sneeze or cough, turn away from the gorillas and cover your nose and mouth.
7. Do not spit on vegetation or soil while in the park.
8. When with the gorillas, avoid making loud noises or sudden movement.
9. Contact time with the gorilla is strictly limited one hour.
10. No person under 15 years is allowed to track gorillas.
11. All litter must be removed from the park for disposal.