Shoebill Safaris

HOW FIT SHOULD TO BE TO TREK GORILLAS

Gorilla Tracking is the biggest tours activity in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC, Gorilla safaris takes place in only the east African region. Once you have confirmed your trip to Uganda or Rwanda and you have acquired your Gorilla tracking permit it’s advised that you prepare because the trekking activity requires a moderate level of fitness. You will be required to prepare for this as you plan your Gorilla safari to Uganda or Rwanda. The habituated mountain gorilla families live in high altitudes in Bwindi impenetrable forest and on the Virunga Mountains covered in thick forest cover. Some of the activities that help you get ready for this exciting activity in the jungle.  

Walking

Walking helps you tone your legs and shed excess weight. It is the foundation of gorilla trekking as the major exercise which should grow steadily in distance over time. The largest part on a gorilla trekking safari is on foot in the rainforest. You are therefore required to practice walking long distance to get yourself ready for this activity.

Jogging

It elevates your heart rate and helps you maintain it at that level. It is an aerobic activity that helps your body get used making it easy to do your trekking and enjoy it.

Squats

This is the best exercise for fitness that promotes your body balance and stability. Squats also strengthen your legs, thighs, hips, buttocks and hamstrings.

Stretch

It is healthy to stretch your muscles after your daily training to improve your flexibility of your muscles.Physical fitness will make your Gorilla Trek more enjoyable.  Most often visitors to Uganda and Rwanda plan their gorilla trekking Safari about six (6) months before the safari begins.  That is the perfect time to get yourself physically tuned for your Gorilla Trek or Gorilla Habituation Experience.

Hiking

Pushing your body up stair and after stair against gravity is another great body exercise for a trek. Practice hiking if you have a chance to be near a hilly area. Ensure that you will increase distance each time you practice and your trip to Uganda or Rwanda will be enjoyable.

Go to the GYM

Build your leg strength with gym work. Leg strength is essential for your trek so in addition to walking training which will strengthen your legs, try and include either gym exercises such as leg presses and weighted squats, or lunges and bodyweight squats.

Start your Trekking training early enough

You are advised to start your training 6 months before your trip. It’s never too early to get started on your trek fitness program. You will need to build your body strength and fitness gradually to allow your body to adapt to the new demands.

Walking Poles

It is good to practice using walking pole to help you get used to them. Gorilla trekking may require you to have them to ease the load on knees and thighs on descents and give you two extra legs on steep climbs. They can also be used to help clear vegetation and have numerous uses in a campsite. Trying out before the real time is good for you.

Choose the correct footwear for your trek

Select good quality and appropriate hiking boots for your trek and your walking training is essential. A supportive hiking shoe with ankle protection is important but beware of ankle cuffs that are too high as they can irritate the Achilles tendon at the base of your calf. Make your shopping in the afternoon when the feet have expanded to have the correct size.

In conclusion,

It’s true that Gorilla Tracking requires some level of fitness but your fitness level should not stop your desire for gorilla tracking.  There are easier Gorilla groups to track both in Uganda and Rwanda therefore all categories of people are supported.