Are you planning for your gorilla trek in Africa? Do you know the age limit for gorilla trekking? Unlike other wildlife safaris, mountain gorilla trekking isn’t for everybody but for specific age brackets. A trek to see a group of these Great Apes is described as lifetime experience and it can only be encountered in the thick tropical rain forest of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
When it comes to this remarkable experience you have to be of certain age brackets and that is why you need to consider your age before traveling for the trek in any of the gorilla destinations. This is because some things have to be done by a given class of people and that is why with gorilla trekking children aren’t part of this breathtaking adventure.
Considering the fact that children can easily be frightened by mountain gorillas and afterwards scream loudly, such behavior in the gorilla habitat may cause aggressiveness among these primates. Such behavior makes these unique apes think that foreigners have intruded into their habitat and the ending result can be negative as they can harm humans. To curb down these impacts, only people above 15 years are allowed to go for mountain gorilla trekking in all destinations.
For lifetime experiences with these Great apes, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park in southwestern Uganda as well as Volcanoes National Park in Northwestern Rwanda or the Virunga National Park in Eastern DRC should be a must to visit destinations for you.
All persons below 15 years are considered children and such category of people are not permitted to participate in this strenuous adventure. The other assumption is that people below 15 years are likely to spread human infectious diseases to these critically endangered mountain gorillas. To curb this impacts, respective conservation authorities plus the rest of the stake holders agreed on age limit to be 15 years.
Also, it is unpredictable how children below 15 years will carry themselves while with mountain gorillas. They can opt to run away rather than humbling themselves before the gentle apes especially when the gorillas become aggressive or charge at them. It is believed that persons above 15 years can help themselves especially when they are interfaced by these Great Apes in the wild.
As well, they understand the code of conduct while in the forest tracking these unique species. Remember that mountain gorillas are wild animals and like any creature, they also have feelings, fearful and scared by strange situations in their habitat especially the flashlight cameras. These species can become aggressive based on what they feel something that can make them to fight back as a way to protect themselves.
Given the fact that gorilla tracking is conducted within the thick forest, with or without trails, persons under the age 15 years may fail to remember the map of the area and if they are off track, it can be hard to look for them. Usually they spend much of their time playing and can be slow and the whole tracking process is affected. While in the destination, you will be required to present a copy of your passport and if they find out that you are below the minimum age, you will not be allowed to track gorillas. This will be done early in the morning during registration while you will be joining the rest of people for early morning briefing by the park officials.
In conclusion therefore, gorilla trekking adventure is a strenuous experience that can be par taken if you are physically well. This lifetime experience is also affected by age factor and due to this the required minimum age is 15 years. This is because people below 15 years are considered children. Given the fact that these unique species are just like any wild animal they also come with emotions and if they are irritated, they can harm you and for children they may not be defend themselves compared to adults.