What To Pack On A Gorilla Trekking Safari : Gorilla trekking is an amazing and adventurous activity that one needs to take part. The trekking of the endangered gorillas takes place in Uganda in Mgahinga national park and Bwindi impenetrable national park, Rwanda in the volcanoes national park and virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While preparing for the trekking, travelers need to know what to carry before coming and these include;
GORILLA PERMITS AND PASSPORT
While heading for a gorilla trekking in the national park, you are required to present your trekking permit and passport at the park offices. Valid travel documents and a visa are very important while on a Uganda Gorilla safari. Without the required documents you will not be allowed to enter the country and track the gorillas. Besides other documents, ensure to take the yellow fever shots and get the certificate.
High quality hiking boots are a must to ensure a better grip of the hilly and muddy terrain. Poor quality boots or plain sneakers could hurt the ankles or feet. Therefore always remember that gorilla trekking involves climbing steep hills in areas with high altitude. The trails can get muddy or slippery during the rainy season.
When one is making a decision on the clothing for gorilla trekking, you must ensure that you include water proof trousers, jackets, long sleeved shirts, sweaters, long socks and long trousers. The right clothing helps in protecting you from getting wet, sharp tree branches, sun and insects. You will always tack in the trousers to your boots to avoid safari ants and other insects from entering the body. Shorts are best for relaxation after the trekking and pajamas for cold nights.
A RAIN JACKET AND SWEATER
The jacket or sweater is an essential item not to miss especially during the wet season. The gorillas live in the tropical rain forest and rain is expected any time of the day regardless of the period within the year. A rain jacket therefore should be on top of the packing list even when you are to come in the dry season. The sweater will keep you warm when it comes to evenings and mornings. The volcanoes national park and mgahinga are found in the high altitudes with several volcanoes which release cold winds and mist.
A garden glove helps you in holding trees, branches and other vegetation. They as well protect your hands from scratches and insect bites. The forest can get muddy and slippery, so the gloves help you to hold on the tree branches when climbing or the ground in case of any slides. This therefore makes it a must to be on the packing list
This are very important through the whole safari. These include toothbrushes, paste, sanitary pads for ladies, shampoo, deodorants, hand sanitizers, shavers, hair conditioners, wipes, lotions, lip balm and towel among others
HEADBAND AND HAIR TIES
This helps your hair from getting caught in the branches if not properly tied.
A HAT, SUN GLASSES AND SUN SCREEN
These help you to be protected from the suns heat especially in the dry season. These are important items if you are having gorilla trekking with a visit to other national parks with hotter weather.
The walking stick is to help you go through the thick vegetation and steep areas. The sticks are given out for free after the briefing but if ones needs one of a higher quality, you can purchase it at a cost from your hotel or through the park rangers.
CAMERA WITH MEMORY
While on a safari one needs to have a good camera to record every sweet memory. This is so because you need to remember whatever happened on a safari. The camera may run out of battery, so pack extra batteries and while on the gorilla trekking don’t use flash photos they will be agitated.
During the trek, you will not only encounter the endangered mountain gorillas but you will spot mammals such as elephants, buffaloes, chimpanzees and colobus as well as bird species and many more. Therefore you will need a binoculars to spot birds as well as other primates.