What to pack on Your Gorilla Trek
After confirming your gorilla trip with us by paying 40% of the total cost for your gorilla safari, it is paramount that you begin to prepare what to pack in order to enjoy your safari. We recommend that on your tour pack; do not forget to come with the following as they may help you to enjoy your gorilla tour with us.
Hiking/ Tracking Boots
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park involves trekking/hiking in search for the endangered mountain gorillas. The forest is thick with a rugged terrain and in some parts covered with mist. The ground is sometimes slippery with some spots wet and muddy up to the knee level. Because of such conditions, you need light weight hiking boots for this activity, which will help you to hike swiftly as well as protecting you from the mud while maintaining grip to avoid slipping off the ground.
You will require gloves to protect your hands during your gorilla trek. As you hike through this thick forest, the ground may be slippery and somehow you may need to hold on some plants which may be having rough surfaces or thorns or even dangerous insects and other organisms like caterpillars that may be dangerous to your hands. The gloves will therefore protect you from germs and any other potential damage on your hands.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a tropical rain forest and one of Africa’s most ancient forests and therefore rain fall is expected at any time of the day. Other than rainfall, being on a high altitude, the temperatures are very low sometimes causing mist and fog hence a rain jacket may be necessary to protect you from the falling dew. You may never predict when it is going to rain so you need a rain jacket to be on a safer side. Many clients prefer traveling in drier months of June, July, August and beginning of September and try to avoid rainy seasons of March, April, May and November.
Long Sleeved Shirts/ Blouse and Long pants/ a pair of trousers
You are required to have long sleeved shirts/ blouses and a pair of long pants/ trouser for your gorilla trekking. Please ensure that you tack in your trousers in your hiking boots to avoid insects such as safari ants entering your trousers. Jeans and Kachi trousers can also do this better. This will protect your legs from being injured by the thorny plants on the ground and in the sides protruding into your track/ trail.
Energy- giving snacks and Packed lunch
Gorilla trekking can take about 30 minutes to eight hours and therefore a certain level of fitness is a must. Since the tracking duration is not certain, we advise that you carry some energy giving snacks especially those with glucose as supplements or carry packed lunch such that you may sit in one place and take it when lunch time finds you still on the hunt. Before departing from your lodge, you need to carry lots of drinking water as you never know when you will return.
Cameras and extra batteries
Photography is an important component of your safari and acts as a backup of your memory, therefore make sure that you have your camera ready, charge your batteries very well and if necessary, carry extra batteries as you will need to take as many photographs in the one hour you will have with the gorillas as possible for your friends and family to get a recap of your experience. Please make sure that you switch off your flash while taking gorilla photographs as flashes may irritate these creatures.
Hat and Sun Glasses
If it is hot, please carry a hat to protect you from the strong sun rays. You may also need to carry some sun glasses too. These are extra options which will be important if your gorilla tour includes wildlife viewing in any of our savanna parks like Queen Elizabeth.
Pair of Binoculars
Since you are on a safari and you want to have clear views of everything and the forest is thick with poor views, binoculars will help you to sight many other wildlife species especially birds and other smaller primates. Bwindi Impenetrable National park is home to over 350 bird species as well as well as a variety of primates like chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys among other primates, forest elephants and buffaloes so during your trek in search for the rare mountain gorillas, you may have a chance to spot some of the mentioned animals.
Porters for your gorilla trek
Gorilla trekking can be strenuous and thus you may need someone to give you a push or a pull on the way to the gorillas. These porters go for a fee of about $15-$20 and if you do not trust your fitness, it is advisable that you hire one for your luggage and another to carry you in case you fail to move. Remember that these porters local residents with families to take care of therefore paying them for a service means contributing towards community development indirectly.