Gorilla trekking is considered as the top tourist activity in Uganda. For that case, Uganda Wildlife Authority set rules and regulations governing Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. Among the rules governing gorilla trekking in Uganda include age limit where persons below the age of 15 years are restricted from meeting Gorillas in their natural habitat. Below are ten reasons why children are restricted:

  1. Failure to grasp rules and regulations governing Gorilla trekking – It’s hard for young children to put into consideration all the rules. The rules are many and requires a mature brain to be grasped and implement. It’s should be noted that when rules are not well followed, it can cause the cancellation of Gorilla trekking for that day. The rules are aiming at preserving and conserving of Gorillas and their natural environment.
  1. To control the spread of diseases – Children can easily transmit contagious diseases to Gorillas and the reverse is true. It’s because the immunity of children is still low to fight diseases hence restricted. Gorillas catch diseases like cough, Tuberculosis and so on. For more information, children are restricted from catching diseases like Malaria, sleeping sick ness which can come as a result of Mosquitoes and Tsetse fly bites among others.
  1. Lack of the require physical fitness needed in Gorilla trekking – Children below 15 year have not yet acquired the guts to go through the hustle of Gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking involves walking un predicable distance through the jungle- it sometime requires climbing hills and sloping.
  1. Un usual behaviors of children – children change any time and can cry or make noise during the course of Gorilla trekking. The bad behaviors of the children can force Gorillas to charge hance forcing rangers to terminate the exercise for that day. When get tired, children can require lift from the elders/ parents or hire porters which can complicate or make the exercise costly.
  1. Unfavorable condition Climate or weather may not favor children to encounter Gorillas. Most of the Gorillas stay in tropical forest which receives rainfall any time. A case in the study is Bwindi impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Rwanda’s volcanoes National Park is also situated in Mountainous region which also receives rain regularly. For that case, children cannot endure.
  1. Unfavorable Gorilla habitats – Some Gorilla homes are full of thick vegetation, thorny, stony and steep slopes among others. In such environment, children cannot maneuver.
  1. Gorilla trekking permits are expensive and none refundable and parents many not achieve value for money in case their children fail to complete the exercise. In many countries, Gorilla trekking fees are none refundable and failure to see Gorillas is none of rangers’ business especially when the cause is on the customer’s side.
  2. Gorillas charge and when they do, they turn harmful to human being. For that case children may fail to run at the required speed to escape danger.
  1. Harsh forest insects and animals like leopards, Lions, Elephants may cause harm to children
  1. Alternative Tourist Activities – While elders go gorilla trekking, children can do other activities like cultural tours, nature walks, birding and community trips among others.