Are you older, less mobile, or physically disabled and would like to have the once in a lifetime chance to see the mountain gorillas high up in the mountain jungles between 2,300 to 4,500 metres and are very discouraged? Don’t be! Yes you can also pump up that adrenaline of see these beautiful creatures and no one should discourage you.
We are glad to offer our clients with special needs a variety of special gorilla safaris to see the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, viewing these mighty cousin is a breathtaking encounter. Gorilla Tracking Africa is one of the leading local Ugandan operated tour operator that organizes memorable safaris for travelers with disabilities to see mountain in Uganda and Rwanda.
Gorilla Tracking Africa is probably one of the few tour operators that will not discourage old people, and those living with disabilities, from experiencing gorilla trekking in either Uganda or Rwanda as we can arrange a special needs gorilla trekking safari.
Gorilla trekking safaris typically involve trekking up mountains and through thick forest vegetation (where ranger guides have to use machetes to create paths). However, for our tourists with disabilities gorilla trekking, we use either a traditional bamboo stretcher-like carrier (which is easy to maneuver in the forest), or the creatively built steel-base, sedan chairs with seat belts and handles, to ease the process of ferrying our clients up into the forest.
We can assign up to 12 able-bodied local porters (Bwindi forest natives familiar with the terrain) to carry a person on either the traditional bamboo carrier or the modern sedan chair or African Helicopter like the locals have named it (subject to availability at the time of booking).
It’s important that at the time of booking your Gorilla Tracking Africa, that you tell the tour consultant that you require the assistance provided for those that are disabled or physically unfit for the gorilla trek into the mountains. Your tour expert will then add your tour to our special needs category.
A special needs gorilla trekking permit in Uganda costs US$600 and in Rwanda US$1500.
Having communicated to us your intentions of booking a tourist with disabilities gorilla trekking safari, your consultant, while booking and paying for the gorilla trekking permits, will inquire about the price of hiring an ‘African helicopter chair’ and porters (prices are not fixed and may change any time).
We will immediately email you to inform you about the helicopter chair hire cost, which we suggest you pay for as soon as possible to guarantee the availability of both the chair and a team of porters.
Here a re some trips to get you started: Uganda gorilla tour packages