Things to know about Gorilla tracking – Uganda and Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris
Things to know about gorilla tracking – For Gorilla tracking, there are things you need to know while preparing to have your Gorilla African safari to any of the East African countries taking part in Gorilla tracking. Travellers can choose to trek the Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park situated in south-western Uganda or alternatively visit Rwanda Gorillas in the Volcanoes depending on your choice. Whether you have booked your safari with Great Adventure Safaris, or any other tour operators, there are things you will need to put in to consideration for your Gorilla tracking adventure. To book your Gorilla tracking safaris, make sure that you have a detailed itinerary with dates that correspond with your dates scheduled for your safari and for Gorilla tracking day. This is because, Gorilla permits bare the exact date that you are supposed to be at the National Park for Gorilla tracking, in case you forget the date, you will have missed your Gorilla tracking since Gorilla permits are only valid for one day which is the tracking date and are not reusable. This will therefore require you to book another Gorilla permit.
Before your Gorilla tracking, all you need to know is that you have packed the right clothing for Gorilla tracking, this is because Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a tropical rainforest, there you will expect rain at any time since the weather in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, is unpredictable. Make sure that you have the following attire; Waterproof rain jacket, Hiking boots, Long pair of trousers, Long sleeved shirt/ blouse, Garden gloves, Hat, Sun glasses, Insect repellent and other necessary equipment you will need to help you hike steep slopes are also protect you in case of the any rains and also from any harm while in the forest.
Gorilla tracking can be a bit strenuous so travellers are advised to ensure that you have a certain level of physical fitness in order to hike steep slopes and although Gorilla tracking is enjoyable, it can also be tiresome to some people who may not be able to walk long distances and hiking on hilly terrain, just to make sure that clients are physically fit, you are advised to have some exercise before the Gorilla tracking. Travellers, who may not be having enough physical energy to trek, will be advised to hire porters that will help carry your luggage and also give you a push or pull where necessary just to make sure that you reach the Gorillas.
Another things to know about gorilla tracking is that, when you arrive at the lodge the day before Gorilla tracking, ensure that you have enough sleep in preparation for the Gorilla tracking the following day as resting helps you to gain more strength ,energy and keep you relaxed from the previous day. Also do not drink too much alcohol the day before your Gorilla tracking since you will need to be physically fit to hike on the terrain. Ensure that the lodge provides you with a packed lunch and enough drinking water, carry some energy giving snacks to boost the energy during the trek in the forest also carry a walking stick this is normally provided by some lodges to clients heading for Gorilla tracking. Early in the morning you will head to the pack headquarters for briefing by the ranger guides on the dos and the don’ts of Gorilla tracking after all this, you will be led by the ranger guide to forest for the start of the activity and this exercise can last for 30 min to three quarters of the day locating a particular habituated Gorilla family, when you have reached them, you will be given strictly one hour following, taking photos and videos of the Gorillas in their natural habitat.