Gorilla Trekking Tips
More than 800 Mountain Gorillas are found in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the rest are found in Rwanda and Congo.
National Parks where to Trek the Mountain Gorillas
DR Congo – Gorillas are trekked in Virunga National Park
Cost of Gorilla permits
Gorilla Safaris in Rwanda are the most expensive of all
Uganda – Gorilla Trekking permits cost 600USD for all months
–Gorilla Habituation Experience permits (GHE) cost 1500USD
Rwanda – Gorilla Trekking permits cost 1500USD for all months
DR Congo – Gorilla Trekking permits cost 400USD
What to pack for a Gorilla Tour, Gorilla Safari and Gorilla Trekking
-A small backpack as it is useful to carry your water, packed lunch, camera and binoculars.
-Packed Lunch or Energy Giving snacks. Encountering Gorillas may take 30 minutes to 7 hours. Very important Gorilla TrekkingPacking List
-2 Litres of drinking water or juice vital on Gorilla Trekking Packing List as you never know when you will return.
-A Sweater for cool evenings and chilly mornings due to nature and altitude of the place
-Light weight hiking boots for this activity/strong waterproof walking boots due to nature and altitude of the forest. So get shoes that have good ankle support (the ones that come above the ankle bone). Important item for Gorilla Trekking Packing List
-Light jumper and lightweight breathable waterproof jacket/trousers as temperature is variable and weather conditions can change
sleeved trousers/shirts to avoid insects such as safari ants entering your trousers.
-A Bush hat with a brim for sun protection. Please carry a hat to protect you from the strong sun rays if it is hot.
-Video/photo camera, extra lenses and Reserve batteries. Photography is an important component of Gorilla Trekking Packing List and 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 many photographs in the one hour you will have with the gorillas.
-Films and torch-LED models are light weight and have a good battery life
-Sunglasses too with neck strap
-Lightweight long wool socks which are comfortable for a mountain tropical forest
-A few long-sleeved shirts/trousers. Please ensure that you trek in your long
-Sun cream is also necessary to be included on Gorilla Trekking Packing List
-Insect repellents to protect you from Mosquito bites as Bwindi is a tropical forest so many insects are accommodated therein.
-Garden gloves that will protect you from germs and other items that may scratch your hands.
-Binoculars. Don’t forget that you are on a Gorilla Tour safari and you want to have clear views of everything so during your trek in search for the rare mountain gorillas, you will have a chance to spot some other wildlife species like birds, primates and large mammals
-A glove to grip vegetation and it’s also best to have different layers of clothes since the temperatures tend to change.
-A Porter to carry your Rucksack. Prices for porters are negotiable from ground.
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What to wear during Gorilla trekking is very important as it ensures smooth running of the Adventure