What is the minimum age limit for gorilla trekking? This is the commonest question asked by most tourists on gorilla safari. Well, the standard minimum age limit for gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda or DR Congo is 15 years and above. Below 15 years, such persons are categorized under the brackets of children and they are illegible to purchase a gorilla trekking permit.
If you have any plans to go gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Southwestern Uganda or in Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park in Rwanda and DR Congo respectively, you should be 15 years and above.
Children below 15 years are very vulnerable to communicable diseases and also, they aren’t fit enough. Gorilla trekking is unpredictable and it takes visitors at least 2-6 hours less or more. It largely involves navigating through the rain-forest, steep slopes to view mountain gorilla family.
Mountain gorillas have 98% of the genetic DNA is the same as that of humans making them our closest relatives. Children being communicable disease carriers, it puts the lives of these endangered species at a risk of getting infected by human infectious diseases. Also, children can easily be scared by gorillas and they scream-they can’t stand strong when frightened by these apes. In the process, they end up running a practice that may make these primates to charge against him/her or other gorilla trekkers.
Can persons of 15 year and below also trek gorillas?
Yes, there are instances where persons below 15 years can be allowed to go trek mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda or DR Congo. Firstly, such a person must be left with a week to his or her 15th birth date. He or she must prove that he or she is physically fit and mature in mind. The parent should also avail proof in form of a letter to respective conservation authority in Uganda, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Rwanda, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
Where to go for gorilla trekking
There are 4 most outstanding gorilla safari parks worth visiting for gorilla trekking in Africa. They include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Southwestern Uganda. Volcanoes National Park in Ruhengeri region, Northwestern Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in Eastern DR Congo. These 4 gorilla safari parks shelter the world’s 1063 mountain gorillas that are left on earth today.
What to carry on gorilla trekking tour?
The essential items to consider packing for gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda or DR Congo include waterproof hiking boots (should be strong and comfortable), gardening gloves, camera with no flashlight, day pack (waterproof), long-sleeved shirt, sweater, bottled drinking water, snacks, first-aid kit, rain jacket/poncho, valid gorilla permit, passport and visa.