Age Limit for gorilla trekking in Uganda
Gorilla trekking is not done by everyone including the young children, Uganda has a gorilla trekking age limit that has to be followed to be allowed to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park. Uganda gorilla trekking age limit is currently at 15 years and any child below the age of 15 is prohibited from visiting gorillas in their natural habitat as it is for Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks. The advantage of gorilla trekking in Uganda, children below 15 years of age may trek gorillas with their family members. Uganda is a bit flexible compared to Rwanda when it comes to the minimum age for gorilla trekking. This is why.
Why the age limit for gorilla trekking in Uganda is at 15 years?
The minimum age for gorilla trekking is currently at 15 years and anyone below that age is considered a minor or child and therefore unfit to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. It is believed that the behavior of children or minors is unpredictable and in order to avoid such, children or minors are not allowed to trek gorillas in Uganda. A good example or case study where gorillas fume at you, a child may decide to make noise or run which may result into gorillas attacking you. To avoid all such scenarios, Uganda gorilla trekking age limit or minimum age of 15 years and above has to be enforced by Uganda Wildlife Authority in order to avoid such anticipated instances like.
Another reason why the Uganda gorilla trekking age limit is at the age of 15 years and those below that age are not allowed to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park is because children tend to have communicable diseases that can easily be transmitted to mountain gorillas since humans and mountain gorillas almost share the same genes. Mountain gorillas having passed from being endangered and been removed from the world’s list of endangered species and thanks to the concerted efforts by Uganda, Rwanda and Congo plus all stakeholders in conservation, Uganda would like to continue with conservation efforts to make sure that human diseases are not passed on to these mountain gorillas.
Uganda gorilla trekking age limit of 15 years and above is seen as an average and acceptable age for gorilla trekking as a tourist activity. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Mgahinga can sometime be strenuous and may require all trekkers to be physically fit for this activity. Children or minors below the age of 15 years are generally considered to be physically weak (though this might not be the case) and thus prohibited from trekking mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Parks of Uganda.
Instances where children may trek Uganda Mountain gorillas
As earlier discussed, it is now possible for minors or children to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and or Mgahinga National Park as long as the parents can prove to Uganda Wildlife Authority(UWA) that their child is physically fit much as he/she is still young. A physical examination may have to be conducted or current photos of the child will be required before a gorilla permit is issued. Once UWA carries out an examination approves your request, Extreme safaris will go on and book a gorilla trek for your child under the age of 15.
Chance of trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda can also be given to children who are below the age of 15 years but nearing the age of 15. In other words, children who are in their late 14th year and almost making 15 years of age. If for example, a child is remaining with three months to become 15 years, chances are that she/he may be allowed to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. In this case, parents will be requested to write an official letter to Uganda Wildlife Authority requesting and informing them about the age and physical status of their child, you will have to attach his/her passport as well as photos to enable them ascertain age status and physical fitness of your child. Once approval is given, Extreme safaris will request you to make payment for your child’s gorilla permit which we will have to book in advance.
Your child may be 12, 13, or 14 years but may be allowed to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga NP as long as this child is doing it with his/her parents. In order to avoid anything that may happen, parents are supposed or will be made to sign a consent and liability agreement with UWA on behalf of the child to ensure that parents are liable to anything concerning their child while trekking the mountain gorillas. Extreme safaris will assist you in picking liability forms from UWA offices, scan and send them to you to be signed and sent back to us. Once this is approved and your request answered, Extreme safaris will then request you to make payment for your child’s gorilla permit which we normally book in advance.
That said and done, all rights of allowing children under the age of 15 years totally belong to Uganda Wildlife Authority who are in charge of all National Parks in Uganda. Extreme safaris cannot guarantee that your child below the age of 15 years will do gorilla trekking before UWA confirms it. It is our dream and duty to assist you with the process of acquiring permission for your child to be allowed to trek gorillas in Uganda. For parents with children who below Uganda gorilla trekking age limit of 15 years should contact Extreme safaris in time so that we start the paperwork early enough.
Uganda Safari activities for minors/Children
In a situation where your child is denied chance of trekking gorillas, do not worry as Extreme safaris plus the Lodges that we work with will take care of your child/children while you are trekking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park. Our staff will stay will your child and make him/her busy for the rest of the time. Your child may be taken for a nature walk, birding, cycling and many other activities for children. There other Uganda safari activities which include game viewing, boat cruises and cultural performances that you can do with your children and do not need any minimum requirement. Feel free to contact Extreme safaris for such activities in advance so that we arrange accordingly.
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