Gorilla tracking ranks amongst one of the most fascinating highlights of a trip to East Africa for most tourists, and the electrifying sense that you get being so close to one of human’s closest relatives is tough to explain.
So, you’ve already disbursed for your Uganda gorilla trip, permits, accommodation and transport. The next big thing is to ensure that you’ve packed the appropriate great for your Uganda gorilla safari tour. So, the next big thing in your hand is what stuff to carry for a comfortable gorilla trekking experience. Here I’ve listed down some essentials for gorilla trekking. Please check them out before you move on a safari.
Gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park entails hiking/trekking in look for the rare mountain gorillas. Due to the characteristic of the woodland plus the height, you should carry lightweight hiking shoes with you for this activity.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is known as a tropical rainforest; hence rain is received all through the year. You never know when it’s going to pour so you must carry a raincoat with you for this situation. A lot of travelers prefer touring in the drier months of July, August and starting of September and try to ignore the rainy months of March, April and May.
You’ll require gloves to safeguard your hands throughout Uganda gorilla safaris. As you travel around in the woodland, keep in mind that it might get very slippery and somehow you require to hold on some trees or plants. A good pair of garden gloves will therefore safeguard you from bacteria and other stuffs that may injure your hands.
Long-sleeved shirts or trousers:
You should put on long-sleeved shirts or trousers when on a gorilla trekking. And make sure that you tuck in your shirts in your trekking shoes to ignore pests, for example, safari ants getting into your shirt. Jeans & Kachi trousers can be a better option for this.
Don’t forget that you’re on a safari and you wish to have apparent sights of the whole thing. Bwindi Impenetrable National park is home to more than 350 bird species, black & white colobus apes amongst other primates, chimpanzees, buffaloes and forest elephants so throughout your trek in look for the sparse mountain gorillas, you’ll have an opportunity to witness some of the above-mentioned wilds.
Camera & additional batteries:
Photography is a crucial segment of any Uganda gorilla tracking safaris and thus ensure that you’ve your digital camera ready, complete charge your batteries and if required, additional batteries as you have to shoot as many pictures in the limited time you’ll have with the mountain gorillas. Please ensure that deactivate your flash whilst taking pictures of gorillas.
This is an extra voluntary stuff and we will recommend all our clients to carry a porter for their mountain gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking can be tiring and therefore you’ll need somebody to give you a push or a pull on the way to the mountain gorillas. These porters will go for a charge but, it’s worth it. Keep in mind that these porters are actually school-going students either in their holiday or have been terminated from school because of delaying school fees. By compensating some cash to take a porter with you, you’ll contribute to the community development indirectly.
Keep all the above-mentioned stuffs and enjoy a safe and convenient gorilla trekking experience. Cheers!
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