Now that you have already reserved your gorilla permit for the much-sought gorilla adventure tour in Africa, perhaps you have even secured your transport means and booked for your accommodation for the tour holiday as well. What is next to consider very important and useful is the fact that you have the right trekking gear for the gorilla adventures. Good enough, in as far as much the tour is concerned, what to pack for a gorilla trek safari does not differ whether visiting Uganda or Rwanda for the safari. Whether you are to trek the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park or Volcanoes National Park, the gorilla trekking pack list and clothing wear remains the same, so don’t be worried. What we normally advise our clients to pack for the gorilla trek safari is given below to guide you as well as you get started to planning your gorilla trip or any wildlife adventure safari with our company. If you would like to have more insights not highlighted here, please contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Top Items to pack for a Gorilla Trek Safari in Rwanda or Uganda
1. Hiking Boots
One of the most important items that should be included as you pack for the gorilla trek safari are the hiking boots. Gorilla Trek Safari 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 lightweight hiking boots for this activity. Hiking boots are just 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.
2. Gardening Gloves
You will be required gloves to protect your hands during your gorilla trek. As you move in this forest, remember that it can get slippery and somehow you need to hold on something just in case such happens. If you happen to touch some itching plants, trees or even climbing trees, you may be harmed. These gloves will, therefore, protect you from germs and other items that may scratch your hands. Consider including Garden Gloves in your gorilla trekking packing list.
3. Rain Jackets / Poncho
Consider including a rain jacket or poncho 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 throughout the whole year. You will never tell when it is going to rain so you need a rain jacket in order to be protected from the rain. Many clients 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.
4. Cameras and extra batteries
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.
5. 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 sunglasses too. These are extra options.
6. Long Sleeved Shirts/Blouse/
You are required to have long sleeved trousers/shirts/blouse for your gorilla trekking. Please ensure that you tack in your trousers in your hiking boots to avoid insects such as safari ants entering your trousers. Jeans and Kachi trousers can do this better.
7. 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.
8. Energy Giving snacks
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 supermarket.