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Just like all the other gorilla trekking countries in Africa, Uganda has a gorilla trekking minimum 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 may be prohibited visiting gorillas in their natural habitat as it is for Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks. The good thing with Uganda is that children below 15 years of age may trek gorillas most especially if they trek with their family members. Uganda is a bit flexible compared to Rwanda when it comes to minimum age for gorilla trekking. This is why.

Why Uganda gorilla trekking age limit at 15 years.

Gorilla trek minimum age is currently art 15 year and anyone below that age is considered a minor or child and thus un fit to trek the once endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. It is believed that the behavior of children or minors is un predictable and in order to avoid such, children or minors are not allowed to trek gorillas in Uganda’ Bwindi impenetrable National and Mgahinga National Park. 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 reasone why children below 15 years are not allowed to trekking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park is due to the fact that children tend to have communicable diseases which can easily be transmitted to mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and or Mghahinga National Park since humans and mountain gorillas almost sharethe 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 mountain gorillas

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Uganda gorilla trekking age limit and minimum age of 15 years and above is seen as an average and acceptable age for gorilla trekking as an 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.

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As earlier discussed, it 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 proof to Uganda Wildlife Authority 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 Uganda Wildlife Authority carries out an examination approves your request, Encounter Africa safaris will go one and book a gorilla trek for your child under the age of 15.

Chance of trekking mountain gorillas can also be given to children who are below the age of 15 years but nearing the age of 15. In otherwords, 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, Encounter Africa safaris will request you to make payment for your child’s gorilla permit which we will have to book in advance.

You 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 Uganda Wildlife Authority on behalf of the child to ensure that parents are liable to anything concerning their child while trekking mountain gorillas. Encounter Africa safaris will assist you in picking liability forms from Uganda Wildlife Authority offices, scan and send them to you to be signed and sent back to us. Once this is approved and your request answered, Encounter Africa 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 belongs to Uganda Wildlife Authority who are in charge of all National Parks in Uganda. Encounter Africa safaris cannot guarantee that your child below the age of 15 years will do gorilla trekking before UWA confirms it. Its 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 Encounter Africa safaris in time so that we start the paper work early enough.

Uganda Safari activities for minors/Children

In a situation where your children is denied chance of trekking gorillas, do not worry as Encounter Africa 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. Our 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 Encounter Africa safaris for such activities in advance so that we arrange accordingly.

Why Encounter Africa safaris for your Uganda gorilla safari

Encounter Africa Safaris has been leading the way in arranging memorable gorilla and wildlife safaris to Rwanda and Uganda. We provide reliable and accurate information to enable you plan accordingly with confidence. Encounter Africa safaris is highly recommended and reviewed of trip advisor as well as safari bookings. You too can be part of our successful story by visit our trip advisor page and drop us a review.

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