Mountain Gorilla tracking is quite an awesome safari activity that every passionate traveler should be part of at one point of their lives. Part of the preparations means packing what to wear and buy which include clothes, hats, footwear and long stockings along with other gears.
Whether you are trekking in Uganda or Rwanda, I would say the gears are the same. Getting dressed the wrong way might easily ruin your adventure.
Also note that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Volcanoes National Park are at a higher elevation and it often gets colder the higher you go hence, it is recommended to pack a sweater and a rain jacket.
The trek is not on a comfortable path but rather on a small trail where one needs to wear the right clothes for protection.
After booking and paying for your tour, you can as well go ahead and purchase the following gorilla tracking gears.
One of the essential items to purchase for your gorilla trek are hiking boots. These are the same boots that will protect your feet as you trek those muddy forests. Light boots are far recommended.
You ought to protect yourself from the rain as you hike the forests. It is quite hard to predict rainfall in the forest hence, advisable to always carry a rain jacket / coat with you.
Gloves do protect your hands during the trek. As trek the forest, it may get slippery and you may need something to cling on to for temporary comfort. If such happens. the gloves will sure protect your hands from any itching plants which may harm your skin. It is vital to pack gloves for your trip.
Extra batteries and cameras
You need to photograph your moments with these giant apes. Taking photographs is something you cannot do without! Make sure your camera is ready for the trek and endeavor to charge your batteries as you may need to photograph so many moments. Please note that you shouldn’t use flash lights near the Gorillas or whilst taking Gorilla pictures because they scare them away and could cause trouble.
Long sleeved shirts or tops for ladies
Be advised to also pack long sleeved trousers, shirts and a few tops. These clothes will help you avoid insects such as safari ants entering your trousers and biting your hands.
Sun glasses and huts
Carry sun glasses and huts to protect yourself from strong sun rays and also in case of any rain.
Food / Snacks
Pack some food from your lodge before you leave for the trek. Your trek could last as long as 8 hours hence, you ought to have your lunch from the forest. You are also advised to carry at least 3 liters of water to quench your thirst and keep you moving when you tire out.
What’s much better than getting a close view of Mountain Gorillas from a range? A pair of Binoculars isn’t a must but is a big necessity. Notably, Bwindi is a home to over 350 birds, then primates like the white and black colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many more. Binoculars could also help you get a an outstanding visual of such primates and bird life.
Sometimes you will burn a lot of calories and feel your body hardly pushes on. A walking stick will support your stance and keep you moving with less hustle. These walking sticks can be purchased at the lodge or provided at the park headquarters.