Age recommended for gorilla trekking in Uganda is 15 years just like all other gorilla trekking countries in Africa, Uganda gorilla trekking minimum age limit has to be followed to be allowed to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park and for children below the age of 15 might be forbidden from visiting gorillas in their natural habitats that is, Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks. The few scenarios where minors may be allowed to track gorillas is when they are with their family members and this is only after writing to the Uganda Wildlife Authority. On the other hand, it is hard to expect the same treatment in Rwanda and Congo.
Gorilla trekking minimum age is 15 years and anyone below is considered a minor or child and thus not fit to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga national park. As known, someone can hardly predict the behaviors of children and it’s wiser not to allow them into the home of these gentle giants. The gorillas themselves have behaviors that may require maximum respect to them from human which minors may not understand, for example, when gorilla fumes at you, a child may choose to scream or try to run away hence risking an attack from the gorillas.
Normally, people below the age of 15 are much vulnerable to communicable diseases compared to the adults that can easily be transferred to these mountain gorillas. This is another reason why children are not allowed trekking into such thick forests like Bwindi and Mgahinga national Park. These primates are more of humans basing on the similarity in genes. Its according to such measures by Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo and other stakeholders that mountain gorillas were removed from the list of endangered species in the world.
Gorilla trekking is an activity that require energy, physical fitness and health wellbeing for every trekker which are averagely seen in people below the minimum age of 15 years. Although, there is a possibility of hiring potters that can carry physically unfit trekkers through the thick forest, the children have other reasons to be disqualified from tracking Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga national park.