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Gorilla Trekking Accessibility Guide for Seniors, Special Needs, and Disabled Travelers

Are you planning for gorilla trekking for seniors, special needs & disabled travelers?

We can organize this for you at a good price.

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Mountain gorillas live at higher elevations that require people who want to trek to be in good physical shape.

This can be challenging for the elderly and disabled individuals.

Some mountain gorilla families live at even higher elevations, making them particularly challenging to trek.

Gorilla Trekking for Disabled People
A senior being carried all the way to the gorillas

Gorilla trekking is one of the most sought-after tourist activities in Africa, and Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda have made this once-in-a-lifetime experience accessible to disabled individuals.

Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda has been made possible for disabled and elderly individuals through several measures.

Sedan Chairs

Sedan chairs consist of two metal poles with a seat inclined between them.

After the morning briefing about mountain gorillas, the allocation of gorilla families is based on ability and age.

Disabled individuals will be carried by porters in sedan chairs and will move with the rest of the group into the jungle.

Disabled trekkers remain in their sedan chairs until the gorilla family they are tracking is found.

Once the family is located, they are gently placed on the ground to allow for better observation and photography during the one-hour visit.

Bamboo Stretchers

Bamboo stretchers, made from bamboo sticks, are another method used to carry disabled and elderly individuals during gorilla trekking, assisted by porters.

The best time for trekking mountain gorillas applies to all gorilla parks in Uganda, Congo, and Rwanda.

The optimal time is during the dry season, from June to September and December to February.

Visiting during the low season can disrupt your experience due to heavy rainfall, making trekking more challenging.

Cost of Sedan Seat Stretcher

Tourists with disabilities should book sedan seats or bamboo stretchers in advance before traveling to the country for gorilla trekking.

It’s also essential to inform the park authorities of your condition in advance.

The cost of sedan seat chairs and bamboo stretchers is approximately $400 per person, although prices may vary based on the client’s weight and the distance to be covered.

Are you planning for gorilla trekking for seniors, special needs & disabled travelers?

We can organize this for you at a good price.

Simply get in touch with us and we shall take care of it all.


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