What to Pack for Gorilla Safari
What to Pack for Gorilla Safari: After paying for your gorilla trekking tour, expenses like gorilla permits, transport and accommodation. The next important step is to make sure that you have packed the right gear for your gorilla trekking safari. Gorilla trekking gears are the same for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda so, the next question to be asked is what to pack for a gorilla trek. What we have advised below is for gorilla trekking experience but a list might become bigger when you combine with wildlife safaris. For more information, please contact Achieve global safaris.
Consider this item in your gorilla trekking packing list as it is very crucial in as far as gorilla trekking item is concerned. Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park are a tropical rain forest in that rain is received throughout the year so to be on the safer side always pack your rain jacket gear. For this reason, you will never tell when is going to rain you need a rain jacket in order to be safe from rain. Many visitors prefer traveling in drier seasons of June, July, August and September in order to avoid rainy seasons of March, April and May but being a tropical rain forest, rain can fall any time. When deciding on what to carry for your gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park or Volcanoes National Park, a rain jacket or poncho must be including.
This is the most wanted item that should be included in your gorilla trekking gear. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park and Volcanoes national park involves in hiking in search for these endangered mountain gorillas. Because of the nature of the forest, altitude and terrain you need light weight hiking boots for this experience.
Gorilla trekking activity also requires gloves to protect your hands from itching plants, trees or even you may be harmed. Remember that it can get slippery and you will need to hold on something in case such happens. Still, they can protect you from germs and other items that may scratch your hands. Always consider garden gloves on your gorilla trekking packing list.
Cameras and Extra batteries
Gorilla trekking is a remarkable experience that requires one to pack in cameras with extra batteries for great memorable photography which is an important component of your safari. Please always make sure that your camera is fully charged and always switch off your flash while taking gorilla photographs.
Long Sleeved Shirt or Blouse
For your gorilla trekking activity, it is well pleased to have long sleeved trousers /shirt and Blouse. Before going out for the activity always ensure that you put on your trouser and your hiking boots to avoid insects like safari ants from entering your trousers, jeans and Kachi trousers can do this better.
Energy Giving Snacks
Note that, gorilla trekking is unpredictable can take from 2 to 8 hours, for this reason your body must be health and we advise you to carry some energy giving snacks as supplements. And after your breakfast, you need to carry your packed lunch served from the lodge and enough drinking water as you will never know when you will return. You can buy your energy giving foods in Uganda or Rwanda’s supermarket by help of a tour guide.
Hat and Sun Glasses
You might visit the park in drier seasons when there is too much sunshine and in order to protect yourself from strong sun rays. You need to carry a hat and sun glasses too are extra options.
Pair of Binoculars
Don’t forget that while on safari you will need to have clear views of everything. Remember, Bwindi boosts with over 350 birds, chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys among other primates, wild animals like forest elephants, buffaloes, so during your gorilla trekking in a tropical forest. You will have quite an opportunity to spot some of the above.
Porters for your gorilla trek
This is an extra optional item to our clients who have heavy luggage’s and cannot carry them during their gorilla trekking experience, so we advise all visitors to hire porters for their gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking can be strenuous and you will need someone to pull you on the way to the gorillas. These porters go a fee of small charge and worth it. They are actually still students or in their vacation or chased out of school due to school fees. Through paying money to the porter you will have contributed to the community development.