Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national Park and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda is a great activity that leaves great memories in your entire life. It quite tiresome because of the nature of the in which the Gorillas live(Forest) but manageable. Therefore, you will need to prepare for your journey and here are some of the requirements.
Gorilla Trekking Permit
Gorilla trekking permits are issued to you by the Wild Life Authority. For anyone to be permitted to see mountain gorilla must have what we call gorilla trekking permit to be presented before going for briefing. Prior bookings are encouraged to avoid denial of the preferred time for your Gorilla Tracking. Contacting your travel agency helps in booking your ticket in advance to avoid any inconvenience of missing out on this great activity in the jungle.
Light weight hiking boots are the most important item for the gorilla Trekking activity. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and Volcanoes National Park involves hiking in search for the endangered mountain gorillas. Because of the nature of the forest plus the altitude and terrain. Hiking boots are must as you decide on what to pack for your gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Rwanda’s volcanoes National Park.
Long sleeved sweater/shirts
You are required to have long trousers plus a long sleeved sweater/shirts/blouse 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 are the most recommended.
A well Charged Camera with Extra Batteries
Carry a well charged camera and extra batteries as you go for this activity. You will need to take as many photographs in the one hour you will have with the Gorillas. Please make sure that you switch off your flash while taking gorilla photographs to avoid interrupting the Gorillas.
Hat and Sun Glasses
The hut helps to save you from the hot sun and d the sun glasses help you on the sun rays.
Pair of Binoculars
Bwindi Impenetrable National park is home to over 350 birds, chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys among other primates, elephants and buffalos. Your pair of binoculars will help you have a close view of all these species during your trek in search for the rare mountain gorillas.
Snacks and Water Gorilla trekking can take from 30 minutes to five or more hours and that’s why a certain level of fitness is required. You are required to carry some snacks as supplements. Before departing from your lodge, you need to carry your packed lunch and lots of drinking water as you never know when you will return. Energy giving foods can be bought in Uganda or Rwanda so contact or ask your guide to take you to a nearby super market.
Consider including a rain jacket on your gorilla trekking packing list. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a tropical rain forest and as such, rain is received throughout the whole year. You will never tell when it is going to rain so you need a rain jacket in order to be protected from rain. Many clients prefer traveling in drier months of June, July, August and beginning of September and try to avoid rainy seasons of March, April and May but being a tropical rain forest, it can rain any time. When deciding on what to pack for your gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Volcanoes National Park, a rain jacket or Poncho is very important.
You are required gloves to protect your hands during your Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi forest National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Gloves help to protect you from germs and other items that may scratch your hands. Forests are sometimes slippery and somehow you need to hold onto something just in case such happens. If you happen to touch some itching plants, trees or even climbing trees, you may be hurt. Consider including Garden Gloves in your gorilla trekking packing list.
During your gorilla trekking holiday in Uganda and Rwanda you will need some local currency to enable you buy some of your personal things, your need currency to tip your porters, waiters, guides and many other things like crafts to take back home. Local currency is necessary to Packing List on your Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safari in both Uganda, Rwanda and in DR-Congo.
We also recommend that you bring with you a good insect repellant to safe guard you from the biting mosquitoes and many other insects in the forest.
There may be other requirements for gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda but the listed requirements are basic for your trip to the Jungle to meet at a close range with these human-like creatures in their natural habitat.