Once you confirm that your Gorilla trekking permits are at your hand and secured your accommodation together with transport, it’s a must to know the right Gorilla trekking gadgets for a safe Gorilla trekking adventure. In most cases these trekking gadgets they apply in all Gorilla trekking National Parks such as Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks in Uganda together with Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. For cases where a client may combine the trekking together with wildlife tours more gadgets may be needed and for more information contact Great Adventures Uganda Limited.
Seeing these endangered creatures in their natural habitat is a dream come true and this requires you to be fully prepared for this lifetime experience with these dramatic creatures in the wild. Consider your parking list very crucial while planning your Gorilla and wildlife safari to Africa. Make sure that you pack based on the purpose of your safari.
Below is the list of items that you should consider while packing for your Gorilla safari to Uganda:
Waterproof hiking boots
Hiking boots are a must to have for Mountain Gorilla hike in whether in Uganda, Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of Congo. You will need light weighted hiking boots for this lifetime adventure. Your hiking boots should be in position to give support to your ankle while you hike through the strenuous terrains. Avoid heavy boots as they will make your hike very challenging.
Gardening gloves are useful as they offer protection to your hands in case you fall down and you need to catch any support from the different tree species, shrubs sometimes with thorns which can be harmful to human body. A pair of gloves is necessary as they will safe guard you from the spread of germs.
Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks are tropical rain forests and weather here is unpredictable, this means that visitors have to be well prepared with their rain jackets or poncho to help protect you from rainfall since weather here changes at any time. Even during the dry season, expect rains at any time of the day due to the tropical rain forests.
Long sleeved shirts, blouses, t-shirt and trousers
Long sleeved shirts are very useful in case of any falling tree branches or ants, stinging insects and vines. Make sure that you pack long sleeved shirts and pants with long stockings among the first items in the list.
Bottled water and snacks
Mountain Gorilla Trekking is strenuous and it takes between 30 minutes to three quarters of the day while hiking to look for the Gorillas the impressive creatures. This calls for physical fitness in visitors and this requires you to have not less than two liters of drinking water and energy giving snacks to boost energy and enable you finish your trek. Great Adventures Uganda provides drinking water to all our clients and also a packed lunch which is always prepared at the lodge where you are booked for accommodation
Camera and additional batteries
The most exciting moment of Gorilla Tracking is when you at get a family of Mountain Gorillas relaxing and you set your camera to take their pictures. It is a memorial experience and you need a good camera without a flashlight and don’t leave out extra batteries behind since you may need them while in the forest. You need to be equipped so as to avoid any inconveniences that may come as a result of low battery in a camera.
Hat and sun screen or sun glasses
In case of sun rays, you will need to safe guard your eyes from scorching sun rays and that is why you need a hat and sun glasses. However much you are in the middle of the forest with tall trees sometimes you walk in the open during the search for the Mountain Gorillas
When you are in the jungle you do not only look out for the Mountain Gorillas but also a variety of different bird species are available for you catch a glimpse with other primates. The National Park offers refuge to over 350 distinct bird species for any bird lover to sight while on your Mountain Gorilla tracking experience.
The forest is a habitat to many kinds of insects, that are harmful to human being and these includes black aunties and many others, so the repellant will help you move without disturbances from the insects that would be harmful to your skin and some visitors especially the females have phobia to the insects, so this could be a good way of keeping the insects away from them.
Porters are always optional but there are some incidents when you need them. According to our experience we always advise our clients to utilize the porters for the good of their Gorilla trekking. As earlier discussed that Gorilla trekking can be hectic, this calls you to have someone to offer you with a push or a pull on your way to the Gorillas. Porters do charge some money but it’s worth their services they render, since they are even still school going students, they mostly do this in their holidays, weekends and even during their vacations or during times when chased from school to look for fees. Through doing this they are helped to solicit money for their school fees.