What should I pack for gorilla trekking is a common question, You need to prepare very well for your gorilla trek, assuming you have already paid for your Rwanda gorilla tour, gorilla permits, Rwanda Car rental and accommodation. The next Key thing is to make sure that you have packed the right gorilla trekking gear for your Rwanda gorilla safari. Gorilla trekking clothes will apply for Volcanoes National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, as well as Mgahinga National Park, the next on check list should be What should I pack for gorilla trekking ?. Gorilla adventure tours has set a check list below for gorilla trekking but if your Rwanda gorilla tour is combined with Rwanda wildlife safaris you might consider additional requi. Please contact Encounter Africa Safaris for more details.
Shirts that are Long Sleeved
You might consider long sleeved shirts, and Long trousers for your Rwanda gorilla trekking. Tacking your trousers in your hiking boots will help to avoid insects such as safari ants from getting into your trousers. Jeans and Kachi trousers can do this better.
One of the most important items that should be included in your gorilla trekking gear are hiking boots. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and Volcanoes National Park involves trekking/hiking in search for the endangered mountain gorillas. Because of the nature of the forest plus the altitude and terrain, you need light weight hiking boots for this activity. Hiking boots are must as you decide on what to pack for your gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Rwanda’s volcanoes National Park.
You will be required gloves to protect your hands while gorilla trekking. As you move in the forest, you need to hold onto something when you get to slippery areas. some Plans and trees are itchy, you may be harmed. The gloves are meant to protect you from germs and other items that may scratch your hands. Consider including Garden Gloves in your gorilla trekking check list.
Rain Coat / Jacket
Consider a rain coat in your gorilla trekking packing list as it is very crucial in as far as gorilla trekking gear is concerned. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a tropical rain forest and as such, rain is received through out the whole year. Its hard to predict when it will rain so you need a rain coat or jacket in order to be protected from rain. Many tourists prefer traveling in drier months of June, July, August and beginning of September and try to avoid rainy seasons of March, April and May but being a tropical rain forest, it can rain any time. When deciding on what to pack for your gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Volcanoes National Park, a Rain jacket or Poncho should be included.
Pair of Binoculars
Don’t forget that you are on safari and you want to have clear views of everything. Bwindi Impenetrable National park is home to over 350 birds, chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys among other primates, forest elephants and buffaloes so during your trek in search for the rare mountain gorillas, you will have a chance to spot some of the above.
Energy Giving foods
Gorilla trekking can take from 30 minutes to eight or so hours and that’s why a certain level of fitness is required. To add on that, we advise that you carry some energy giving snacks as supplements. Before departing from your lodge, you need to carry your packed lunch and lots of drinking water as you never know when you will return. Energy giving foods can be bought in Uganda or Rwanda so contact or ask your guide to take you to a nearby super market.
Photography is an important component of your safari and thus make sure that you have your camera ready, charge your batteries very well and if necessary, carry extra batteries as you will need to take as many photographs in the one hour you will have with the gorillas. Please make sure that you switch off your flash while taking gorilla photographs.
Hat and Sun Glasses
If it is hot, please carry a hat to protect you from the strong sun rays. You may also need to carry some sun glasses too. These are extra optionals.
Porters for your gorilla trek
This is an extra optional item and we advise all our clients to take a porter for their gorilla trekking. As earlier noted, gorilla trekking can be strenuous and thus you will need someone to give you a push or a pull on the way to the gorillas. These porters go for a fee but it is worth it. Remember that these porters are actually school going students either in their vacation or have been chased out of school due to school fees. By paying some money to have a porter with you, you will have contributed to community development indirectly.