The minimum age for trekking chimpanzees used to be 12 years old but this was recently changed to 15 years of age. The minimum age for chimpanzee trekking in all areas where chimpanzees are found is set up by the Uganda wildlife authority in Uganda and Rwanda development board in Rwanda.
For children who are almost making 15 years of age, they will be examined on ground and the wardens will determine whether to allow the child to trek chimpanzees or not to trek according to the child’s maturity during examination. They might also allow your child to trek chimpanzees if you proof that their physically ft and thus can be done by presenting scouting certificates and so forth.
The age limit for trekking chimpanzees is always determined by passports so keep in mind that looks alone are not enough to allow your child trek chimpanzees, all visitors are required to present their permits and passports during the briefing on the day if chimpanzee trekking.
There are many lodges that offers optional activities for children under the age of fifteen years, this can occupy the children as their parents trek gorillas activities like nature walks and many others. This activities are always adjusted to the child’s ability to avoid them from becoming very exhausted.
Chimpanzee trekking permit prices differ depending on where your trekking the chimpanzees from, Kibale forest national park in Uganda charges $150 per person, Kalinzu forest chimpanzee trekking permits cost $35 per personn, Budongo forest permits cost $85 per person, Kyambura gorge chimpanzee trekking permits cost $50 per person, chimpanzee trekking permits in Rwanda cost $100 per person at Nyungwe forest national park.
The chimpanzee habituation experience can only be done at Kibale forest national park. This involves joining trekkers and researchers in the process of habituation in order to make chimpanzees get used to human presence. The of cost of chimpanzee habituation permit is $220 per person.