How To Go Trekking Gorillas With Your Family
How to go trekking gorillas with your family? Most travelers would love to travel for holidays with the whole family and this includes parents and kids but, unfortunately, some activities such as gorilla trekking will be limited to only adults in the group because the least gorilla trekking age is 15 years.
Trekking mountain gorillas with your family is a little bit tricky most especially if you have children below the age of 15 but never the fewer parents can handle gorilla trekking with a family in a way that one parent treks mountain gorillas on a given day while the other parent stays at the lodge with the kids and the parent who first stayed behind can trek mountain gorillas another day and the one who trekked can take care of the family.
In situations where both parents would like to trek mountain gorillas together, there are hotels in these gorilla parks with well-trained nannies or maids that can take care of your children while you go trekking mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking normally takes between 1-7 hours depending on the location of the assigned gorilla family and the speed at which you are trekking.
Children who are about to make 15 years might be allowed to trek mountain gorillas and this can be done on the ground on the day of trekking. The child will be interviewed by the park warden at the park headquarters and if they pass the interviews then they will be allowed to trek gorillas and they should be physically fit.
When trekking mountain gorillas with your family, it is always good to stay in family cottage rooms in the hotel where you sleep in so that you will stay together as a family and not be put in different rooms. Children below the age of 15 can also go for an easy hike with a Batwa pygmy hunter who will show them local traditional hunting methods that they use while living in the forests years ago before the place was gazetted as a national park.
Children staying behind while parents go gorilla trekking can also go for cultural encounters and get entertained by local traditional dancers and songs, learn how to make crafts, or even one of the community schools.
In conclusion, trekking mountain gorillas with your family is very possible but you must communicate to your tour operator or the lodge you sleep in about the age of your group members so that they can plan what suits them in advance.
What to carry for gorilla trekking?
Mountain gorillas stay in tropical rain forests so the places can receive rainfall at any time of the year even if its dry season months, tourists ae advised to carry good waterproof hiking boots, garden gloves, a hat, enough drinking water, rain jackets, long-sleeved clothes, energy-giving snacks, insect repellents, sunscreen and much more.
Best time to go trekking gorillas with your family
Mountain gorillas can be trekked at any time of the year but the best time of the year to trek these giant apes in the dry season from June to September and December to February when the roads leading to the park are accessible and the trekking trails are in good condition.