Gorilla Trekking Pack List
Gorilla Trekking Pack List- Once you have secured your gorilla trekking permits in your hands and secured your accommodation together with transport, it’s good to know the right gorilla trekking gadgets they apply in all gorilla trekking national parks such as volcanoes national park Rwanda, Virunga national park DR Congo as well as Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park Uganda. For cases where a tourist needs to combine trekking with wildlife tours more gadgets may be needed and for more information contact Africa Adventure Vacations Limited.
Seeing these endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats is a dream come true and this requires you to be fully prepared for this lifetime experience with these giant creatures in their natural habitats. Consider your parking list very crucial while planning your gorilla and wildlife safari to Africa. Make sure that you pack things basing on the purpose of your safari.
Below is the list of items you need to pack and you must consider when planning your gorilla safari to Uganda.
Waterproof hiking boots
Waterproof hiking boots are a must to have for mountain gorilla trekking whether in Uganda, Rwanda, or DR Congo. You will need light-weighted waterproof hiking shoes for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your hiking boots should be in a position to give you support to your ankle while you hike through the strenuous terrain. Avoid heavy hiking boots for they will make your hike very difficult.
Gardening gloves are very useful as they offer protection to your hands in case you fall and you need to catch any support from the various tree species, shrubs sometimes with thorns which can damage to the human body. A pair of gloves is necessary as they will protect you from the spread of germs.
Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national parks are tropical rainforests and rainfall here are unpredictable, this means that visitors have to be well prepared with their rain jackets or poncho to keep you from rainfall since the weather here changes at any time. Even during the dry season, expect some rainfall at any time of the day due to the tropical rain forests.
Long-sleeved shirts, blouses, t-shirt, and trousers
Long-sleeved shirts are very useful in the case of falling tree branches or ants, stinging insects, and vines. Make sure that you pack long-sleeved shirts and trousers with long stockings among the first items on the list.
Bottled water snacks
Mountain gorilla trekking is very difficult and it takes time between 30 minutes to several hours while looking for these giant creatures depending on their location and speed at which you are trekking. This calls for physical fitness in visitors and this requires you to have enough drinking water and energy-giving snacks to boost energy and enable you to finish the trek. Africa Adventure Vacations provides drinking water to all our clients and also packed lunch which is normally prepared at the lodge where you booked accommodation
Camera and additional batteries
The most exciting moment of gorilla trekking is when you at get a family of mountain gorillas relaxing and you set your camera to take the pictures and record videos. It is a remarkable experience and you need a good camera without a flashlight to take good quality photos and don’t leave out extra batteries behind since you may need them while in the forest. You need to be equipped to avoid any troublesomeness that may come as a result of the little battery in a camera.
Hat and sunscreen or sunglasses
In case of sun rays, you will need to safeguard your eyes from scorching sun rays and that is why you need a hat and sunglasses. However much you are in the middle of the forest with tall trees sometimes you walk in the open during the search for the mountain gorillas
When you are in the forest you don’t only search for mountain gorillas but also primates, as well as different bird species that are available for you to catch a glimpse with other primates. For example, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, is home to over 350 different bird species among which some are endemic to the area for any bird lover to sight while on your mountain gorilla tracking experience.
The forest is harboring too many kinds of insects that are harmful to human beings and these include black aunties and so many others, so the insect repellents will help you move without disturbances from the insects that would be harmful to your body and some visitors most especially he females have a phobia to the insects so this is the best way to keep their bodies away from insects.
Porters are always optional but there are circumstances when you need them. According to our experience, we always advise our clients to utilize the porters for the good of their gorilla trekking. As earlier discussed, that gorilla trekking can be challenging, this calls you to have someone to offer you a push or a pull on your way to look for mountain gorillas. Porters do charge some little money but it’s worth the services they render since they married men looking for money to look after their families, children wanting school fees and these normally so this during weekends, holidays or even during their vacations or the days they are chased from school to look for fees. Through this, they get money to look after families or pay their school fees.