Enforcing gorilla trekking minimum age limit
- July 13, 2015
- Posted by: Africa Safaris
- Category: Travel News
The age limit or minimum years for gorilla tracking in Uganda is 15 (Fifteen years) and above for anyone willing to see endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Maghinga National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Below the age of 15 years, one is regarded as a child by all standards and will not be allowed to go on any gorilla trek in Uganda or Rwanda.
Why set minimum age for gorilla trekking
Mountain gorillas both in Uganda and Rwanda have been declared endangered due to the fact that we only have approximately 880 individuals left on planet earth and as such all sorts of measures to save them have been implemented. It is believed that children below the age of 15 years are very prone to communicable diseases and can easily spread them to mountain gorillas while on their trek. To avoid this, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Rwanda Development Board and other stake holders in the conservation of mountain gorillas came up with an age limit to check this.
The other reason of not allowing children under the age of 15 years is that you will never tell how they will react or behave when they encounter mountain gorillas. If a mountain gorilla charges for example, a child may run instead of sitting down and this may be followed by mountain gorillas attacking you. In order to avoid this, children below the age of 15 are not allowed to trek gorillas much as the visited gorilla families are habituated to entertain visitors.
How does UWA detect those below the minimum age?
On requesting for a gorilla permit to trek gorillas in either Uganda or Rwanda, respective authorities will request for the passport copy of the client. Although at this stage this may not be mandatory but if you provide it, they will then detect if you qualify to trek gorillas by seeing how old you are. If you are below the minimum age, then you will be automatically be denied.
If by chance you manage to get a permit on booking, you may not escape being spotted on the actual day of gorilla trekking. Before gorilla trekking briefing takes place, all clients are requested to provide original copies of their passports and in a situation where your age is doubted, they may ask for your birth certificate or deny you the chance to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda.
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