Planning an Africa Safari Holiday is not as set-in-stone as the as the name “holiday adventure” suggests, especially if you have come of age and everything is not simple as it used to be. In this post we talk about planing a Uganda or Rwanda gorilla safari for senior adventurers. We give you information you need to know before you embark on your adventurous journey.
Close to half the population of the world’s mountain gorillas is in Uganda, according to a 2018 mountain gorilla census in Bwindi National Park. Although the region has an array of landscapes to view, wildlife and a variety of activities like bird watching, rafting the Nile and mountain climbing, gorilla trekking is typical among senior tourists.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park are the only spots for gorilla trekking, with the latter being the most preferred because it is appropriate and reliable for elderly adventurers. Probably you have been planning for an adventure, but concerned about how to make it to the dark jungles at old age.
To ensure a safe safari, you need to plan, choose the right safari packages and take some caution to have a memorable trip.
A pre-travel visit to a doctor, preferably 4-6 weeks prior to the travel date is essential. In most cases, a doctor will perform a physical test to evaluate fitness and provide medical advice based on your current health condition. Other factors to consider include physical limitations like cardiovascular disorders, health precautions and requirements like vaccinations-yellow fever, typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, cholera, and prescription medicine required when embarking on a trip. Additionally, senior adventurers should have financial protection for unexpected health needs should they fall ill or get involved in an accident when on tour.
For seniors, Buhoma or Ruhija villages are perfect for gorilla trekking because one can easily climb the steep parts. If you can’t climb the steep areas, a porter will offer the assistance you need by carrying your luggage, push or pull you up and, in some cases, porters carry the elderly and disabled. In addition, seniors go in groups based on how difficult the terrain is while also determining whether or not they have the ability to enjoy the expedition easily and safely. Before setting out on a safari, make sure to seek advice about gorilla treks for the elderly.
Packing is a challenging task for many seniors, and it can be chaotic when done in a hurry. Therefore, create a travel checklist and start packing immediately you have a travel date to reduce the chances of forgetting essential items. Since you will be walking through the misty forest and climbing steep mountains, carry with you comfortable shoes and clothing, and ensure that you pack the required travel documents, prescription medicines, and some money.
Old age should not stop you from exploring the world or engaging in adventurous activities like gorilla trekking. You only need to research and plan well about your travel destination and take caution of your health. A well-planned adventure is worth your time and money and ensures you have a lifetime experience.