These are the essentials you need for your gorilla safari to Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo gorilla trekking safari, this equipment cut across to any of the countries a above depending on your interest of where to do gorilla trekking from. Therefore, the most important thing is to make sure that you have the right gears needed for gorilla trekking safari.
Listed below are the gorilla trekking gears required during a Gorilla trekking safari. But in case you need more information; you can contact us at adventure in the wild safaris a tour company we will be in. position to respond to you.
Items to include in your gorilla trekking packing list
Long Sleeved Shirts/Blouse
The long sleeved shirts/ blouse is also highly recommended, during the gorilla trekking in the forest, you get exposed to so many creatures in the forest like insects ,plants and many more so its always important to wear a long sleeved shirt it helps to protect you from insect bites and also direct cuts from the tree branches, pricking thorns may cause an injury while walking in the forests due to the thickness of the forest.
The main purpose for these hiking boots is basically to protect your feet from the rocks, debris along the trails as you trek in search for the gorillas. Bwindi impenetrable forest, Mgahinga and Volcanoes national park involve hiking but due the Nature of the forest, it can be muddy, different altitude and terrain so this will need hiking shoes.it also good to know that not all boots are good but we recommend hiking foot wear that are light enough for easy walking around the forest and should have grip and in good position to keep your legs dry.
Travelers who prefer going for a gorilla trekking in any of the nationals in east Africa like Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, volcanoes national park, and Virunga national park, must consider to pack a rain jacket as far as gorilla trekking is concerned. Bwindi impenetrable forest is a tropical rain forest so you will expect rain at any time so its always important to have a rain jacket why? Because it keeps you warm and dry in case it rains on you during the trekking in the forest specially water proof jacket.
Garden gloves are best suitable during the hiking activities, this is preferred for protecting hands during the hike as it may get slippery due to the nature of the forest ,so you may slide in case it happens, you may need to hold on to the branches so the purpose of the gloves is to protect you from thorn pricks. Therefore, don’t forget to always pack the gloves for you gorilla safari to Uganda, Rwanda and Congo depending on which country you are tracking.
Insect repellent is very useful and no need to miss packing this during your gorilla trekking safari preparations, this is highly recommended as it prevents the insect bites since the forest harbours a lot of insect some which are infectious like mosquito bites can cause severe skin irritations and malaria. So, it’s important to have the repellent as a way of protecting yourself from insect bites.
Cameras and extra batteries
The camera is important as it helps you capture this experience by taking photos during your gorilla safari in Uganda and can be used to remember your safari visit to Uganda also remember that you may need to take many photos it will require you to have extra batteries in case one runs out of power so you are not caught off guard.
Energy giving snacks
During the hike, these requires physical fitness since it involves hiking long distance in search of the gorillas, so it’s always advisable to carry energy giving snacks, packed lunch from the lodge and enough drinking water since this exercise might last for quite some time. For the snack, you can buy in Uganda or Rwanda before your day for the gorilla trekking.
Hat and Sun Glasses
These protect you from the sun’s rays during the dry seasons of the year. the sun tends to be hot so will need to protect your head and the eyes from the direct heat of the sun.
Pair of Binoculars
A visit to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is one of life changing experience, the park harbours a lot of gorilla species and over 350 bird species and many other animals like the elephants, buffalo, primates like the white and black colobus monkeys. Chimpanzee so Binoculars is best suitable to have clear views of all the creatures around the park.
Malaria drugs and in case you are on special drugs for any health problem, don’t forget your medication.
Potters to help you carry your luggage
During the hike, there are a lot of things involved one is walking a long distance in search for the gorilla which in most cases is tiresome and hectic so you would need someone to offer help in carrying and keep the luggage for you. So, we would recommend to take a porter with you for an extra small cost, these porters are school going children but because of no money for school, they are forced to drop out of school. So, the money you pay them for the service contributes to the development of their communities and acquiring basic needs like food, clothing and school fees.