For gorilla trekking, there are things you need to know while preparing to have your safari any of the East African countries taking part in gorilla trekking. The travellers can choose to trek the gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Mgahinga national park situated in south western Uganda or alternatively visit Rwanda gorillas it’s all up to the visitors. Whether you have booked your safari with adventure in the wild safaris, or any other tour operators, there are things you will need to put in to consideration for your gorilla trekking. To book your gorilla trekking, make sure that you have a detailed itinerary with dates that correspond with your dates scheduled for your safari and for gorilla trekking day. This is because, gorilla permits bare the exact that when you are supposed to be at the park for gorilla trekking, in case you forget the date, you will have missed your gorilla trekking since gorilla permits are not reusable , this will therefore require you to book a another gorilla permit. When you book your gorilla permit with adventure in the wild safaris, we will send you scanned copies of the gorilla permit so that you are well aware of the date for your gorilla trekking.
All you need to know before gorilla trekking
Before your gorilla trekking, all you need to know is that you have packed the right clothing for gorilla trekking, this is because Bwindi impenetrable forest is a rain tropical forest, there you will expect rain at any time since the weather in Bwindi impenetrable forest, is unpredictable. Make sure that you have the following attire; waterproof rain jacket, Hiking boots, long pair of trousers, long sleeved shirt/ blouse, garden gloves, hat, sun glasses, insect repellent, sun glasses and other necessary equipment you will need pack all these but pack light. this equipment help you hike steep slopes are also protect you in case of the rain and also from any harm while in the forest.
Gorilla trekking can be a bit strenuous so travellers are advised to ensure that you have enough physical fitness in order to hike steep slopes although gorilla trekking is enjoyable, it can also be tiresome to some people who may not be able to walk long distance and hiking on hilly terrain, just to make sure that clients are physically fit, you are advised to have some exercise before the gorilla trekking. Also, for the travellers who may not be having enough physical energy to trek, will be advised to hire a porter that will help carry your luggage and also give you a push or pull just to make sure that you reach the gorillas. The cost of hiring porter normally goes for $15 for each porter.
Another thing you need to know is that, when you arrive at the load the day before gorilla trekking, ensure that you have enough sleep in preparation for the gorilla trekking the following day , resting helps you to gain more strength ,energy and keep you relaxed from the previous day. Also do not drink too much alcohol the day to your gorilla trekking, you will need to be physically fit to hike on the terrain. Ensure that the lodge provides you with packed lunch and enough drinking water, carry some energy giving snacks to boos the energy during the trek in the forest also carry a walking stick this is normally provided by some lodges to clients heading for gorilla trekking. These will be early morning so you will head to the pack headquarters for briefing by the ranger guides on the dos and the don’ts of gorilla trekking after all these, you will be lead by the guide/ ranger in to forest for the start of the activity the exercise can last for 30 min to half hours of the day before you locate a particular gorilla family, when you have reached them, you will be given strictly one hour with the gorillas in their natural habitat.