WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT FOR TREKKING GORILLAS The age limit for gorilla tracking (Rwanda and Uganda) and golden monkey trekking (Uganda) is 15 years. The authorities are very strict on this, so kindly make sure all clients and children are 15 or older in order to avoid any sad incidents like guest(s) kids being refused to track!
The age limit for trekking chimpanzees in Rwanda and Uganda is 12 years old and children 10 years and older are allowed to trek golden monkeys in Rwanda as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Children under 15 years are allowed to Dian Fossey’s tomb – although the latter hike is a stiff one so we do not recommend that either to children under 12-13 years.
On requesting for a gorilla permit to trek gorillas in either Uganda or Rwanda, respective authorities will request for the passport copy of the client. Although at this stage this may not be mandatory but if you provide it, they will then detect if you qualify to trek gorillas by seeing how old you are. If you are below the minimum age, then you will be automatically be denied.
If by chance you manage to get a permit on booking, you may not escape being spotted on the actual day of gorilla trekking. Before gorilla trekking briefing takes place, all clients are requested to provide original copies of their passports and in a situation where your age is doubted, they may ask for your birth certificate or deny you the chance to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda