Age Limit for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda : Gorilla trekking Africa has been on an increase with the need of travellers interested in watching the endangered mountain gorillas in Africa and their behaviour in the wild which will give you the chance to observe a number of rewarding features of the mountain gorillas in the wild. Among the best gorilla trekking destinations in Africa, you will have the most rewarding experience participating in gorilla trekking in Rwanda which will give you the chance to observe a number of rewarding features of the primates in the wild for an amazing gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda. For travellers interested in taking part in the gorilla safari in Rwanda, you will have to be of the right age that is advisable to take part in the gorilla tours in Rwanda. In this article, we shall help you understand the acceptable age limit for gorilla trekking in Rwanda and the reason for the age limit for the Rwanda safari.
For any travellers interested in gorilla trekking in Rwanda they will get to access the gorilla permit in Rwanda only if you’re 15 years of age and above which and for travellers less than 15 years of age, it is advisable for them to participate in other activities in Volcanoes National Park.
The reason for the age limit is because of the fact that gorillas are quite aggressive species with their reactions in the wild being very intimidating and scary and for young children which can be difficult for them to stay calm while the gorillas react in the wild and because the primates can be triggered by anything including unnecessary movements that hinder their daily activities which can lead them to attack you and because the species are quite aggressive, it can lead to accidents within the park that can make your Rwanda safari tour experience quite unbearable.
Therefore, trackers below the age of 15 are not advised to take part in the activity. However, there’s an exception for travellers that are between 14 years in case they are going to turn 15 years of age within the year of tracking the gorillas, this was brought up by the park management so that the ones turning 15 years do not miss out on the safari.
WHAT INVOLVES GORILLA TREKKING IN RWANDA?
For gorilla trekking in Rwanda you will hike the Virunga mountains in Rwanda namely; mount gahinga, mount muhabura, mount bisoke mount sabyinyo and mount Karisimbi who will give you access to the habituated gorilla families in Rwanda. While hiking the Virunga mountains in Rwanda you will get to observe a number of rewarding attractions in the park from the different bird species that are endemic to the Albertine rift and bird species from the Guinea- Congo forest biome like ; the long-crested eagle handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Batis Dusky turtle love, paradise flycatcher, archer’s ground robin, African Rwenzori, double collared sunbird, marsh harrier, Ruwenzori turaco, common moorhen Ruwenzori night jar, grey throated tit, the dusky crimson wing, red-faced woodland warbler.
You will see a number of primate species like dent’s monkey, Mona monkey, vervet monkey, black and white colobus monkey, Hamlyn’s monkey and many other rewarding attractions. When you get to the habituated gorilla families, you will spend one hour with the gorillas observing a number of rewarding features of the primates in the wild and among the different features you will get to see is how the gorillas construct their nests for overnight stay.
After your rewarding safari experience in gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda will give you the chance to participate in a number of other rewarding tourism activities in Volcanoes national park like;
Golden monkey trekking in Rwanda will give you the opportunity to understand more another endangered primate species in Rwanda that is endemic to the Albertine rift, you can also participate in the Dian Fossey hike which will give you the opportunity to understand more about the woman that played a big role in the conservation of the mountain gorillas in Africa and gorilla habituation in Africa. In the park you can also visit the musanze caves that were used as hiding spots during the Rwanda genocide which led to the killing of a number of Rwandans and more about the genocide can be understood by taking part in the Rwanda genocide tour where you will visit a number of genocide memorial museums like the Kigali genocide memorial museum and many more.