Many travelers who would love to travel with family ask whether their children can trek the mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda– and we answer that the gorilla trekking age limit in Uganda and Rwanda is 15 years of age.
Adhering to the established rules and regulations governing gorilla trekking activities in both Uganda and Rwanda, it is important to note that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, as well as Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, permit only individuals aged 15 years and above to embark on the exhilarating journey of trekking mountain gorillas. This age restriction is in place as those under 15 years are considered young and may not possess the necessary awareness and responsiveness required for such an encounter.
For those with young ones aged 15 years and above, there is no cause for concern. There are no barriers preventing them from participating in the gorilla trekking activity in either Uganda or Rwanda.
Highlighting the designated age limit for gorilla trekking, it is crucial to note that individuals under the age of 15 are typically prohibited from participating in this experience. However, there exists a provision for special arrangements with the authorities. In such cases, the individual in question should be at least 6.0 inches tall and within a few days of their 15th birthday, which may translate to being approximately 2-3 months away from turning 15. It is worth noting that while making such a request, there is no absolute assurance of acceptance.
The next reason is that these young ones are always playful and can slow down the pace of the whole group trekking in the trails in search of the gorillas, as they are always looking around and breaking herbs,
The dense forests, such as Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, pose a challenge for children under this age. They may struggle to navigate the trails due to the high level of energy and fitness required for this activity. Moreover, the thick vegetation in these forests can make trekking particularly arduous for young children.
But there are always other alternative African safari activities for the children when the adults go to the forest for gorilla trekking, lodges are usually unique arrangements for the kids and they always have professional caretakers. Activities like biking, community visits, and nature walks are common and can keep the children busy are active until the adults return from mountain gorilla trekking activity.
Get in touch with Safari Vacations And Travel Services for detailed information and we help you plan a memorable safari with your kids, we can still assist you in booking the gorilla permits, and arrange special events for you and your family like birthdays, family dinners all made upon request.
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