Uganda has a set age limit or the minimum age for persons who can get involved in gorilla trekking. The Uganda gorilla trekking age limit is at 15 years of age. To trek gorillas in Uganda, an individual must be above the age of 15.
The minimum age limit is a requirement for any person to be allowed to trek mountain gorillas in the two national parks that host mountain gorillas in Uganda. These are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southwestern Uganda.
These two habitats host more than half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas (about 1063) making Uganda an ideal destination for gorilla trekking in Africa.
This is so because children below the age of 15 are referred to as unpredictable and therefore may not be able to follow the rules and regulations that govern the activity. Their behavior could easily be contrary to what is expected of a trekker and therefore for this reason they are kept away from the jungle.
For instance, if a gorilla charged towards the trekkers, persons are expected to keep calm, crouch down, and slowly look away, by doing this the gorilla will realize that this is not an enemy and will not go-ahead to attack. However, children below 15 may not be able to keep calm in such instances with these gentle giants.
Also, children below 15 are known to commonly have communicable diseases. Mountain gorillas are very susceptible to communicable diseases and can be wiped away by these diseases. Since their survival and increase in population has majorly been because of conservation efforts, the risk of transmitting communicable diseases is always minimized by all means.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also very strenuous and may require physical strength. Children below 15 are generally considered not to be able to cope with the physical difficulties of trekking and that’s why they are considered not eligible to trek.
However, a child who is almost 15 can be allowed to trek gorillas if their parents wrote early to the authorities through their tour operator on why they would like their child to trek before they are 15. This can only be allowed when the child is trekking with their parents and they are willing to ensure they have their child in control and will be responsible for their actions.
The minimum age limit for gorilla trekking in Uganda is currently 15 years and any persons below this age is considered a minor and not allowed to trek the once critically endangered mountain gorillas. Rwanda gorilla tours and Congo also have a set minimum gorilla trekking age for the mountain gorillas in these countries, this is at 15 years too.
The best time of the year for Uganda gorilla trekking is supposed during the dry season. There are two dry seasons which are the short and long dry season. The long dry season is between the months of June –August and the short dry season is between December –February. These two seasons have fewer rains and generally good for almost all Uganda safari activities.
Why is the dry season-best for Uganda gorilla trekking?
The short and long dry seasons are the best to go gorilla trekking in Uganda, however, why is it so? When trails are drier, this makes gorilla trekking/hiking easy since trails are passable and less slippery to cause falling along the trails.
During the dry season, even the gorilla safari parks are easily accessible since the roads are passable by any kind of vehicle. In the rainy season, it could require more 4×4 safari vehicles to go through the slippery roads.
In the rainy season, the gorillas may not be very active since its cold and might be raining. The dry season could be a good opportunity to see these great apes so active and great to see as they become very playful.
When you take a gorilla trekking tour in Uganda, taking those memorable pictures is one thing no one wants to miss. In the dry season, photographs are much clear and therefore the best shots can be taken. When it is dry, the grass and other vegetation are also not much grown, and therefore taking photos can be easy. In the rainy season, photography equipment could easily also get affected by the rain and therefore only waterproof cameras are recommended.
In the dry season, it is also good to combine a gorilla safari with other Uganda wildlife safaris for game drives. You can tailor wildlife viewing to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, or Kidepo Valley National Park with your gorilla trekking safari. During the dry season, it is also the best time to see other wildlife species.
However, the dry season is actually the peak or high season therefore early booking is recommendable since permits can easily get fully booked as well as accommodation. Ensure to book and pay for your gorilla trekking permit at least 6 months early. Make all bookings by contacting Acacia safaris and get all your reservations done early enough.
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Looking into the expressive brown eyes of these giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter Uganda has to offer! Apart from the gorilla trekking Tour, the park boasts of 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and prominent bird species. It is a treasure chest of flora and fauna with ten gorilla groups currently available to be visited by only eight persons per group on a daily basis. However, strict rules have to be followed to prevent behavioral disturbances and transmission of diseases.
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