WHAT TO PACK FOR A GORILLA SAFARI
When you book a Safari, ensure that you have this Gorilla Trekking Pack list to enable you enjoy the trip.
- Hiking Boots. Among the vital items one should on a gorilla safari hiking boots.
- Garden Gloves
- Rain Jacket.
- Long Sleeved Shirt or Blouse
- Energy Giving snacks.
- Cameras and extra batteries.
- Hat and Sun Glasses.
- Pair of Binoculars.
Hiking boots are the most outstanding items to be included among your gorilla trekking gears. Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda or Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda involve hiking in the jungles in search of the endangered mountain gorillas. Due to the forest nature as well as the elevation plus the topography, one needs light-weight boots for the walking activity. Hiking boots are a must pack for your gorilla trip in Uganda.
During your gorilla trek, you need gloves to protect your hands from any likely bites or body cruises. While moving in the forest, it may be slippery and somehow you need something to hold on. In case you touch some itching plants, trees or climbing trees, you get protected with the gloves. The gloves will also guard you against germs, insects or thorns that may scratch your skin. In that case, you are highly advised to include Garden Gloves in the gorilla trekking packing list.
A rain jacket is a necessary inclusion in the gorilla trekking packing list as the unpredictable weather can change any time resulting into rain. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga National Park are tropical rain forests with high rains throughout the year. You can never tell when it is going to rain or shine and therefore a rain jacket is a strong protection against any possible bad weather. Even though months of June, July, August and September are known as drier periods, a rain jacket would still be necessary in such tropical forests. Months of March, April and May are known for being wet and rain could fall anytime. So as you plan for your booked gorilla tour, do not forget a rain jacket or poncho on your packing list.
Long Sleeved Shirts and Blouses
Putting on long sleeved trousers, shirts or blouse while trekking gorillas is a safety measure. To avoid insects like the safari ants, ensure that you have tacked in your trousers into your hiking boots to avoid insects that may enter your trousers. For proper trekking, jeans and Kachi trousers are best reccomeneded.
Energy Giving Snacks
Since Gorilla trekking may take between one to eight hours or more, a certain degree of fitness is important. Carrying energy giving snacks and water is necessary. Before leaving for gorilla tracking, packed lunch and lots of bottled drinking water should be in possession. Energy giving foods are accessible from super markets in major towns.
Cameras and Batteries
Photo for memorable purpose is a very crucial component of your gorilla safari. Make sure you come along with a camera with a charged battery and extra batteries in your bag so that your photographic exercise is not interrupted by down power batteries. While taking pictures, ensure to switch off your camera flash lights as they disturb the gorillas strangely.
Hat and Sun Glasses
In case of gorilla trekking during drier seasons, kindly carry a hat as well as sunglasses to protect yourself from sun-rays.
Pair of Binoculars
It is advisable to carry binoculars on a gorilla safari to help you have clear views of everything during trekking. Besides mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is also a home to about 350 birds, primates like black and white colubus monkeys, forest elephants plus buffaloes. This means that as you trek gorillas, chances of spotting some animal and bird species are high and so you need binoculars for clear visibility purposes.
Porters for carrying some items during a Gorilla Trek
Though optional, it is advisable to have a porter during gorilla trekking. At times, gorilla trekking may be tiresome and therefore you could need someone to help you move on well when exhausted on the way to the or from the gorillas. The porters work for a small fee and it is always worth it. Some of the porters are actually students in vacation or those out of school for failure to pay school fees. Some porters are just poor people in the communities who only look for money to sustain their families. Therefore by using the services of the porter, you are indirectly helping on community development.