23 Apr 2014

What to wear and carry on a Gorilla Safari in Rwanda/ Uganda

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As stated by many tourists (particularly those tracking mountain gorilla), deciding on what to wear when going to track gorillas along with what you must carry on your gorilla safari, is without a doubt  a challenging task. There are some particular clothing that tourists shouldn’t bring when tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda and also in Uganda. The most frequently asked questions by most of our visitors are; what to wear when gorilla tracking? What to take on your gorilla Safari?, how to prepare for a gorilla tracking?, below I have answered all these questions;

Visitors are encouraged to wear strong walking shoes, long sleeved shirts / blouses as well as heavy trousers to protect you against the biting nettles .in general, Gorilla trekking is conducted within cold areas and because of that we find it wise to carry a jersey or a sweatshirt. Because the gorillas are familiar to humans, It is not important the color of clothing you decide to wear. due to the continuous slithering plus sliding, there are higher Chances that you will soil your clothes during the gorilla tracking as the paths are very muddy, so for that reason if you can, have with you some pre-muddied clothes as you set out gorilla tracking. During the tracking people normally grab the nearby scrubs (which in most cases are thorny) for support, so avoid being injured, I encourage you to wear some thick gardening gloves. Normally at the start of the trekking activity you will be provided with a tracking stick and this is very helpful as it will help you maneuver the steep paths.

I also greatly advice that you carry a waterproof bag to store your delicate gadgets such as camera since Bwindi experiences constantly changing weather so it may rain any time. Besides that also a raincoat and pocho are worthy including in your tracking day pack particularly in the rainy months. Remember to carry a hat as well as sunglasses for this activity. Because you cover long distances while tracking, there are high chances of becoming thirsty, so I declare it wise to carry with you sufficient drinking plus a snack as well.

Likewise, Visitors should make sure that their photography gear (including cameras) is well protected and if probable even sealed in a plastic carrier.

Gorilla tracking activity does not require binoculars, however this may be handy for those watching birds; this is more theoretical than practical although some dedicated bird watchers will use them. To ensure the safety of the trekkers, you will be accompanied by guides and an armed park ranger as you move through the dense forest on the Gorilla tracking activity.

For those of you hoping to carry some extra gear, water plus snacks, I suggest that you hire a porter; they are found within the park and are eagerly looking for work to do. Do not think that by hiring their services you are exploiting them, no actually you are helping them earn a living since this is one of the ways that the locals earn some revenue. Each porter charges UGX 5,000 per trek.

To track mountain gorillas, you will need a gorilla tracking permit which goes for USD $600 in Uganda per person each day, while in Rwanda costs US$700 each day per person. I recommend that you book earlier (at least 3 months in advance) you safari to enable us reserve you gorilla permit since there are just a few.