What to do with Children while Parents Trek Gorillas-Chimpanzees?

Posted by on August 3, 2017

A Question often asked – What to do with Children while Parents Trek Gorillas-Chimpanzees in Uganda – Rwanda?

Kids and Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking?


What to do with Children while Parents Trek Gorillas-Chimpanzees? Children would love to see  the Gorillas and Chimpanzees, however, there are trekking rules for both Uganda and Rwanda, and the minimum age is 15.  Chimpanzee Trekking,  the exception to being 15 is Kalinzu Forest near Queen Elizabeth where 12-year-olds are allowed to track Chimpanzees.  The Forest does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

So what about Kids – Gorillas and Chimpanzees?  We provide alternative activities for children on a Family Safari while the parent are on a Trek on your Family Safari.

Kids under the age of 15 can do many enjoyable and safe activities while their parents are gorilla or chimpanzee Trekking.  Here are just a few and we will tailor it to suit the needs of your children.

It all begins with our Kid-Friendly Driver-Guides who will ensure the well being of your children while you are trekking Gorillas or Chimpanzees.


What to do with Children while Parents Trek Gorillas-Chimpanzees.  Uganda was described by Winston Churchill as a Garden of Eden and like the Garden of Eden there is some forbidden fruit here – One being no gorilla or chimpanzee tracking for children under the age of 15 – it is a rule strictly enforced and there are no ways around it.  15 years of age is the minimum age – One cannot say they look older, they look mature…it is the date of birth on the child’s passport.

What we do is this – our trained and kid friendly tour-guides will take your children on alternative, but rewarding activities that will delight the children under the age of 15.

For younger children, we have even provided a nurse-nanny from Bwindi Community Hospital and things worked out Great.

There are more alternative activities that can be done in Uganda for children while parents trek Gorillas or Chimpanzees but Rwanda is catching up.

If there is nothing that fits your Family – we might even create a new activity for them.

Rare Exception to the 15-year-minimum age rule:  The child is about to turn 15 close to the Gorilla Trekking Date Uganda Wildlife Authority “may allow the Child to trek”.  Notice “may allow” – this is handled on a case by case basis and there is no guarantee and is an arbitrary decision.


Children Activities while Parents are Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:


 Buhoma Community Village Walk:

The Buhoma Village Walk is great for a child over 5 years old.  It can be adjusted to the stamina of the child or children.  Our Kid-Friendly Driver Guide will oversee the village walk, interpret when necessary and guide your children through the village with the assistance of a local guide.

Your children will learn new ways and new traditions such as craft making, visit a village school, meet a traditional healer who uses things from the forest that actually work.

The length of the village walk depends on the stamina of your children, it normally can be up to three hours and ends with a dance by the Batwa Pygmies, the original people around the forest.


 The Batwa Experience:

The Batwa Experience with the first people of the forest in an interactive venture into the forest that is next to Bwindi.  There your children will learn the ancient and traditional Ways of hunting and gathering.

The berries, plants, roots that they used to gather and how they used to hunt.  The Driver-Guide will be with your children and take care of their needs.

This walk with the Kellerman Foundation that has worked improving the lives of the Batwa people who live here in the area.

This is a day of learning for your children and they will return to the lodge after the walk to meet you.


Children Activities while Parents are Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest:


 Learning about the Forest:

There is an interactive learning about the forest experience that is put on by the Uganda Wildlife Authority that children can participate in along with our Tour Guide.

Other choices in Kibale Forest would be a Bigodi Swamp guided walk where they see primates, birds, butterflies and at time chimpanzees.

There is also a village walk n Bigodi that can be taken by the children with the tour guide, led by a member of the local community, this includes a school visit where children meet Ugandan children.

We tailor the children activities based on the age of the children and your input.


Children Activities while Parents are Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda:


 Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village:

Iby’Iwacu is a cultural Village that shows traditions and cultures of Rwanda.  Rwanda as it is used to be.  You can actually stay here as a family and the children remain behind while you trek gorillas.

There will be lots to do for them, including visiting a school, learning dancing and drumming, cooking over open fires, they might even become King or Queen of Rwanda and are so honored.


Parents can trek gorillas or chimpanzees with peace of mind while their children have activities just suited for them.


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