Can old people trek mountain gorillas in Rwanda? Are you planning to trek gorillas with your mother, father or sister who is old, senior or who is disabled, this is very possible with Eco Adventure Safaris, gorilla trekking is made easy for those who are not fit enough, old and unable to hike up to see the gorillas? There is no maximum age for gorilla trekking provided on can travel to the Park, though there are options to help the elderly to get to see the gorillas. You can opt to pay for a Porter who helps you carry your bag pack and also gives you a hand as you hike through the forest, there is also a sedan chair that helps to carry the elderly to see the gorillas, and this goes for about $300 per person be carried to and from the forest. We have had visitors aged 70’s and 80’s be able to trek and see the gorillas. Gorilla trekking is a lifetime experience that you shouldn’t miss out.
Important things to consider during organizing Gorilla Trekking for Seniors and old people
Apart from the ability to complete the trek for gorillas, elderly travelers may worry about security in the park during their stay and during gorilla trekking considering that they are already fragile and even vulnerable. Security and safety during gorilla trekking in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is excellent. Gorilla trekking is led by armed rangers whose role is to protect tourists from forest animals like elephants and buffaloes. There have been no cases of militias in Uganda and Rwanda in over two decades but the park authorities leave nothing to chance. The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo can be unpredictable given the different security incidences in the past. Even then, security is tighter than even in Rwanda and Uganda. Gorilla trekking in Congo involves having to get used to countless security checks and more escorts.
What about accommodation for gorilla trekking best for the elders to stay in
The accommodation facilities within and around the gorilla parks are of high quality and are all able to accommodate the elderly. They range from ultra-luxury hotels, luxury hotels, mid-range offerings and budget options. All depends on your budget. The facilities are in form of standard cottages with grass-thatched roofs, self-contained tented camps, dormitories and basic campsites. Most of these hotels are built to allow people with disabilities to move about easily.
In case you are of middle age but relatively unfit, it is important to prepare in advance by hiking around your house. If you live in a forest, mountainous or hilly area, use the chance to move about to prepare your body for your tour. Other activities that can help you prepare for gorilla trekking include strolling, climbing, light running and walking for long distances.
Consider using a sedan chair for gorilla trekking for the elderly.
Apart from securing an easier group and being carried in the sedan chairs, elderly people need to know what to pack for gorilla trekking for the best gorilla experience. Our recommended gorilla trekking parking list should include hiking boots, hand gloves, rain jackets, sweaters, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, walking stick, insect repellents and first aid kits.
Best Time for Gorilla Trekking for Elderly
Can old people trek mountain gorillas in Rwanda, yes Gorilla Trekking for Seniors and old people in Rwanda is done throughout the year and the best time to do a gorilla trekking in Uganda is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this is makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown.
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park is also known as Parc Des Vulcan’s in French and Pariki Yigihugu yibirungu in Kinyarwanda (Local language) which is found in North-Eastern in a small town called Musanze, Rwanda in East Africa. Volcanoes National park is one of the major national parks in Rwanda and East Africa and one of the oldest parks in Africa, it is a home to the endangered apes and primates that include the Mountain Gorillas and golden Monkeys, there also many species of birds, Monkeys, trees, forest hogs, bushbucks among others in the forest as well as the unique culture. Volcanoes national park is part of the Virunga Conservation Area including five extinct volcanoes namely; Mountain Muhabura, Mountain Sabyinyo, Mountain Gahinga, Mountain Karisimbi and Mountain Bisoke. Gorilla tourism in Volcanoes National park has earned Rwanda economic development as it has attracted more visitors every year. Gorilla trekking is a life time experience of seeing the endangered gorillas in their natural environment and half of the population of the remaining gorillas is found in East Africa.
How many gorilla permits are available in Volcanoes National Park per day?
Can old people trek mountain gorillas in Rwanda? Gorilla trekking is an activity that involves visiting the habituated endangered mountain gorillas in their natural environment, as you view the way they feed, move, rest and live in harmony. Volcanoes National Park has 10 habituated gorilla families for trekking every day, only 8 visitors per gorilla family are allowed to trek every day. That means there are 80 permits available each day for trekking, the chances of seeing the mountain gorillas are 99% as you are guided by trackers, guides and park rangers. Gorilla trekking starts every day in Kinigi at 7:00am with briefing on guidelines to follow while on the trek, even though the gorillas have 99% DNA as the humans, they still remain wild and you are advised to follow the dos and don’ts from the guides. The gorilla trek can take 30 minutes to more hours depending on the movement and location of the gorillas in the forest.
What is the cost of Rwanda Gorilla permit?
For one to be allowed to do gorilla trek in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, you must have a Rwanda gorilla permit for a particular date secured from Rwanda development board. The gorilla permit costs USD1500 for all nationals and you are allowed one hour of viewing the gorillas and taking photography. Booking Rwanda gorilla treks to volcanoes National Park is a life time experience to complete your bucket list, Encounter Africa safaris will help you book and tailor a gorilla trek tour that is affordable and memorable.
How to Book Rwanda Gorilla permit?
Can old people trek mountain gorillas in Rwanda, you contact us at Eco Adventure Safaris about your planned trek and desired dates, we shall check availability of permits online system of Rwanda development board and if permits are available, we shall send you an invoice to make payment for the permits as they are top priority and if they are not available, you will choose other dates that have availability of permits (We advise you book months in advance to get you exact date). Once we receive payment, we shall book and secure your permits and send you copy of the receipt with booking ID to confirm your trek. The process of acquiring the gorilla permits is easy and transparent, you will surely give you a lifetime experience with the gorillas.
The gorilla trekking permits normally sell out so very quickly during the high season (January, February, July, August, September, and December every year. Booking the permits in advance is ideal for your gorilla trek.
Why book Gorilla Trekking for Seniors and old people in Rwanda with Eco Adventure Safaris?
Eco Adventure Safaris will help you book your gorilla trek Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park contact us and we advise you on the booking process. We as well have different gorilla safari packages to Bwindi ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury options that we can book for you including the gorilla trekking permits. Feel free to checkout our TripAdvisor reviews and read from a community of happy satisfied clients. With us, you can be rest assured of a memorable Uganda safari holiday. We are devoted to providing excellent service and customer satisfaction. Our team of excellent tour consultants is always willing to help answer all your safari questions. We guarantee you a great gorilla tour in Bwindi with us. Contact us here about Can old people trek mountain gorillas in Rwanda