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Accessible Gorilla Trekking

Accessible gorilla trekking aims to provide opportunities for disabled and elderly individuals to experience the awe-inspiring adventure of encountering gorillas in their natural habitat. While traditional gorilla trekking can be physically demanding, our specialized tours cater to those with mobility limitations, ensuring they too can enjoy this unforgettable experience.

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park and Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable national park is an incredible experience that allows visitors to observe these majestic primates in their natural habitat. With Marvel Gorilla Adventure expertise in Gorilla trekking, we leave no one behind on this lifetime adventure of meeting the only left mountain gorillas in the wild of Rwanda and Uganda.

For the disabled and elderly, special vehicles have been put in place for your logistics, we partner with special accommodations that are accessible and with special tour guides and other components in place to make ensure that everyone can enjoy this unique adventure.

Our Accessible Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Accessible Gorilla trekking
Accessible gorilla Trekking: Elderly tourist in a Gorilla Sedan Chair in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda

In Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, we’ve put in place the gorilla sedan chair. This service is specifically designed specifically for our tourists who may have mobility issues or difficulty navigating the often challenging terrain of the park.

What is a Gorilla Sedan Chair?

The gorilla sedan chair is essentially a modified stretcher that resembles a chair with long handles. It is equipped with a comfortable seat and safety harnesses to ensure the passenger’s security during the trek.

The chair is carried by our team of four to six porters who are trained and experienced in maneuvering through the rugged forest paths. These porters rotate to ensure the journey is smooth and to prevent exhaustion.

Our Sedan chair is designed to provide a comfortable and stable ride, allowing the passenger to focus on the experience rather than the physical challenges of the trek. The porters are attentive and ensure that the passenger feels safe at all times.

Accessible Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Accessible gorilla trekking: African Helicopter in Bwindi impenetrable national park
Accessible gorilla trekking: African helicopter which is a stretcher used to carry disabled and elderly into Bwindi impenetrable forest to watch gorillas

In Uganda’s  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the African Helicopter is available for those who need assistance.

This is quite similar to the one in Rwanda and actually this idea was initiated here in Bwindi due to tough terrain and few people even those with minor disabilities couldn’t try to make it in the impenetrable jungle.

What is the African Helicopter?

The African Helicopter is a stretcher-like device with a seat, secured with straps and handles. This innovative solution helps transport individuals who cannot hike the steep and uneven terrain of the parks.

Similar to Rwanda, this stretcher is carried by a group of porters who are skilled in navigating the difficult forest trails. The porters coordinate to carry the stretcher smoothly, ensuring the safety and comfort of the passenger.

We often use our African Helicopter particularly for our tourists who have significant mobility impairments or health conditions that prevent them from hiking. It allows them to reach the gorilla families without the physical strain.

Our Accessible Gorilla Accommodation

Accessible gorilla trekking: wheel chair accessible lodge in Uganda and Rwanda
Accessible Gorilla Trekking: Wheel chair accessible gorilla lodges in Uganda and Rwanda

Marvel Gorilla Adventure partners with select wheelchair accessible hotels and Lodges and equipped with facilities to meet the needs of disabled or elderly guests. This may include accessible rooms, bathrooms with grab bars, and ramps for easy access.

Accessible gorilla trekking opens up the wonders of the natural world to individuals of all abilities, allowing them to experience the beauty and majesty of gorillas in their natural habitat. With careful planning, specialized accommodations, and trained staff, disabled and elderly individuals can embark on this adventure of a lifetime with confidence and peace of mind.