Uganda Safari with a 5 year old, are you planning to travel with your child son or daughter aged 5 years on your gorilla safari in Uganda to Bwindi impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, as well you want to visit other national parks for wildlife viewing, this is possible to travel with your child 5 years old? Under the Uganda wildlife Authority policy, the minimum age for Gorilla trekking is currently at 15 years and anyone below that age is considered a minor or child and thus not fit to trek of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park but it is still possible that a child below 15 years can trek gorillas in Bwindi.
For gorilla trekking we will arrange 2 days of trekking so that one of the parent can stay behind and look after the child as the other has gone for the trek, for the rest of the safari days you will be with your child as well during the safari game drives.
Children or minors may not be contained during the trek and in order to avoid such, children or minors are not allowed to trek gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National Park, a child may decide to make noise or run which may result into gorillas charging and becoming/act wild to visitors. There are many reasons why children below 15 years are not allowed to trekking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is due to the fact that children tend to have communicable diseases which can easily be transmitted to mountain gorillas since humans and mountain gorillas almost share the same genes, diseases such as cough and flue can easily be transmitted. The other reason is that the trek can sometimes be hard as Bwindi is hilly, it can be slippery and the surface is rough which Kids many not be able to handle.
What is required to allow a child to trek gorillas
Uganda Safari with a 5 year old, Children of age of 15 years also pay the same gorilla permit price as for the adults to do gorilla trekking, most times the children are grouped with their family they traveled with for the gorilla trek in the forest for easy management and care of their parents. The passport will be reviewed to ensure minors are not allowed to trek the gorillas and if found that the child is a minor, you won’t be allowed to trek even when you have a permit secured. Children who are minors can travel with their parents on safari and be left at the hotel or with the driver guide while parents are on the trek. They can participate in nature walks and community walk.
You will need to sign a waiver for your kid to be allowed to go for gorilla trekking, which is a legally binding provision where the parent agrees to voluntarily accept his child to go visit the gorillas without us (a tour operator or Uganda Wildlife Authority) being liable
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi for a child
Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda sharing boarder with Congo, it is one of the only two national parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the world, it is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Forest National park is divided into different sections/sectors where you can do the Gorilla tracking experience namely Rushaga, Buhoma, and Ruhija and Nkuringo sector.
Bwindi Forest National Park has different habituated gorilla families open for gorilla tracking experience, each gorilla family has different gorilla individuals, and each gorilla family is headed and controlled by the dominant male gorilla the Silver back. For you to go on the trek, you are required to have a Gorilla permit valid for trekking that day. Gorilla permits are limited in number per day given it is only 8 people allowed to trek per gorilla family per day in Bwindi Forest National Park. Book you gorilla life time safari with Eco Adventure Safaris.
How to book Gorilla trekking with a child
You will need to secure your gorilla permit for you to be allowed to go for Gorilla trekking with a child in Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Gorilla tracking is the primary activity to do and see the gorillas while visiting Bwindi. Bwindi Forest National park is a home to half of world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas in the world meaning your visit here you have 98% chances of seeing the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest National park are found in four different sections of the park that is Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south and Ruhija and Buhoma in the North East and East part of Bwindi National park respectively. Having a gorilla permit is the key priority for you to have a gorilla trek in Bwindi impenetrable National Park from Entebbe. The gorilla permit has to be purchased in advance to secure a spot for your trek for any date depending on your travel dates and availability of the permits that day. Gorilla tracking is done in a group of eight people per gorilla family meaning eight permits only are available for each gorilla family, for you to secure a place for a day’s gorilla trek you will need to secure your gorilla permit in advance months or days prior visiting Bwindi Forest National park.
When you book an all-inclusive Gorilla road trip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Entebbe with Eco Adventure Safaris, All you need to do is to send us your actual dates when you prefer trekking gorillas and we will check availability of permits online. We will reserve your permit tentatively and send you a permit payment invoice. Once you make payment, we will go ahead and secure your permit and thereafter send you scanned copies of receipts from Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Where to stay during Uganda Safari with a 5 year old
Since Bwindi impenetrable National Park has four sectors for gorilla trekking namely; Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Rushaga, You will choose accommodation/Hotel depending on the sector you will trek gorillas from. When you check availability of permits with us, we shall let you know which sector has permits available and also suggest the hotel in that sector. All these sectors have hotels/Lodges ranging from budget to midrange to luxury and to up market hotel with low season rates and high season rates. For example, In Buhoma sector you can stay at Buhoma community camp as budget hotel, Buhoma Havens lodge as Midrange hotel, Bwindi lodge, Mahogany springs lodge, Buhoma lodge, as Luxury lodge and Gorilla forest camp as the Up market hotel. In Rushaga, you can stay at Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla camp and four gorillas Lodge, in Nkuringo you can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi lodge, Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge.
Why book with us your Uganda Safari with a 5 year old?
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