How To Improve Your Fitness For Gorilla Trekking
Improve your fitness preparing for Mountain gorilla trekking one of the most loved wildlife activities by many visitors to Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. In Uganda gorilla trekking is only done in Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park of the democratic republic of Congo.
Mountain gorilla trekking gives the most ever-fascinating wildlife experience which is once in lifetime and forever unforgettable to you. Mountain gorilla trekking involves walking through thick forest, muddy and slippery trails and hiking high altitude hills while searching for the Mountain Gorillas. This guide walk in the forest is very amazing because you get to explore many forest bird species, other primates, butterflies, beautiful flowers, beautiful scenic peaks of the volcanoes and the evergreen forest filled with different tree species.
When planning for mountain gorilla trekking tour, you need to be physically this will make you enjoy the Gorilla Trek more. It would be better to plan your gorilla trekking Safari about six months in advance. This will give you enough time to get yourself both mentally and physically fit for your Gorilla Trekking tour in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. However, your level of fitness should not stop you from a Gorilla Trek. The moderate level of fitness can be better for the most or you can always hire a porter who can you assist, the use of a walking stick is also an excellent support to your fitness. However, if all these fails, you can hire mobile porters to carry you into the forest to see the gorillas on a sedan chair and it is very comfortable. This is not belittling work for the porters, but it is one way to support them financially and quite profitable since they make a lot of money by local standards.
How to getting fit for your Gorilla Trekking tour in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo?
When going for the gorilla trek, you need prepare a daypack bag which is include at least 2 liters of Water, a few snacks, packed lunch, some insect repellent to protect against the flies. These are the most important thing to keep your body physically fit along the Trails.
Before starting gorilla trek walk, you need to hire a porter to help you carrying your daypack during the forest walk in search for the mountain gorillas. Carrying the daypack by yourself may get you tired which can affect your physical fitness level during gorilla trekking walk. The distance covered during gorilla trekking is unpredictable since Mountain Gorillas are wild animals and the forest is their natural habitat therefore, no one can tell their movements all the time and their movements are influenced by several factors such as searching for food, fear more especially when one family fights with another family and they have to travel for some long distances among others to be safe. So, this can make family which was nearer yesterday to be far away the next day which can make your hike before meeting them long. Therefore, this is why it is important to have a porter to support you.
No matter what your level of physical fitness is, you need a good pair of hiking boots with traction on them and a walking stick to that will help to you support when navigating through muddy and Slippery Trails. The walking sticks are normally given at the lodge and at the UWA information office or can be bought at trailheads. This walking stick will keep you steady on the tracks and prevent falling in case the paths are slippery.
In instances where someone is not able to trek on foot, there is a very comfortable way of still exploring mountain gorillas by hiring Four Porters who will help carry you in and out on a day chair – that is like a rickshaw without wheels carried by four men. This has enabled visitors who are as old as 94-years to meet Mountain gorillas.