Gorilla trekking is one of the most done safari activity in both Uganda and Rwanda. It’s considered the major highlight to any safari in East Africa. Uganda Gorilla Safari Packing List.
There are only about 890 remaining mountain gorillas world-wide and Uganda is said to host the highest number of these apes. Almost a half of these apes live in Uganda, the rest are shared by Rwanda and DRC. The activity is regarded as one of the most popular but expensive safari activity and also the most done safari activity.
Before continuing to the forest in Uganda’s Bwindi national park or Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park, you are advised to dress modestly.
Cotton clothing is the most comfortable during the day. Uganda and Rwanda are warm in the plains but often cold in the hills and mountains so a rain jacket, heavy sweater and boots are the most essential and a must carry for a gorilla safari.
It is best to have layers of clothing, as temperatures tend to change at any time. Gorilla trekking involves passing through difficult trails which are sometimes muddy so a steady pair of walking shoes is highly recommended.
The following packing list is only meant as a guideline as you may have your own favorites:
1. 2 –3 pairs of light weight khakis/trousers probably that one which can get dry swiftly (if wearing on treks)
2. 1 pair of shorts
3. 1-2 long sleeved shirts/blouses
4. 3 short sleeved t-shirts
5. A waterproof and windproof jacket, if it rains during trekking you are very safe
6. 1 sweater or sweatshirt
7. 1 skirt (for women)
8. Swimsuit (and a plastic bag)
9. Strong waterproof walking boots (pants should be tucked into socks and boots while trekking)
10. Pair of sports shoes
11. Hat-wide brim or with a shade for sun protection
14. Lightweight wool socks
15. Gloves these are good during gorilla trekking in case you touch on pricking plants during the trek
Sunglasses with neck strap good during heavy sunshine
Insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites
Small day pack
Binoculars for easy viewing of animals and birds in a far distance
Alarm clock to wake you up- though our staff will wake you!
Ear plugs this is better during gorilla/chimpanzee trekking as in the forest there are very many dwellers
Extra batteries; your battery can get off and miss taking photos, Volcanoes Safaris Lodges have facilities for recharging batteries
Camera and extra lenses this is also very vital
Film particularly fast film for the gorillas, you may fail to get a good film here
First Aid kit (anti-diarrhea medicine, needle, thread, safety pins aspirin, cold medication, antiseptic cream, lip balm, eye drops and personal medication)
Small notebook in case you want to take notice
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