When planning to visit Uganda, Rwanda or Democratic Republic of Congo for gorilla trekking, you need comfortable clothing and avoid shouting colors. Even if you were to stay for 2-3 nights on a gorilla safari, you will be in places where it may be difficult to buy a new clothing or equipment. And the fact that, you will experience hot sun and wet weather conditions in the tropical forests, you’re most likely to get wet and uncomfortable or feel the sunburn. So better pack all essential items, fast drying and lightweight clothing into a single carry on backpack.
No matter how long a gorilla trek may be, there’s no special equipment really needed. The more clothing you have that is quick to dry and offers sun protection, the better off you will be. Be determined and aware of the steepness, wet weather and thick vegetation which can be physically challenging.
A day’s pack is useful. Pack everything in a small backpack including toiletries, drinking water, clothes and equipment that you need to use during the gorilla trek in the forest.
A digital Camera to take photos and also record video is needed. Bring along with spare batteries, lenses and memory cards. You’ll need to be conversant with your camera settings. Due to thick vegetation such as in Bwindi forest, there’s low light and you must turn off flashlight before photographing gorillas.
A pair of sturdy hiking boots that fit above your ankle borne. When trekking, you will most likely cross deep muddy valleys, stumble upon sharp rocks which can be harmful to your feet. So you must wear boots that support your ankle or consider wearing long socks and adding on guitars. You are sure to remain dry after all the staff at the lodge offer free cleaning services.
Long pants are a must wear for trekkers. You’ll be doing rough hiking through thick vegetation and long pants help to protect your legs from stinging nettles and thorny bushes. Remember to tuck your pants into the boots to avoid the bite off safari ants and leeches. For trekkers who will be trekking gorillas during heavy rains in the months of April to May or October to November, you might need waterproof pants.
Long socks also offer protection and fit well into hiking boots.
Long sleeved shirt is required to cover your arms. It is important to have layers especially undershirts, fleece or sweater since the weather can be cold early morning and suddenly get warm during the day.
A rain jacket is a must for trekkers. During trekking you spend much time in the forest. Rainstorms can shower anytime of the day and make you wet. Your rain jacket should be breathable with a head cover and lightweight which won’t add up weight to your backpack.
Take a sunscreen and hat that is broad. When you go gorilla trekking, you’ll probably spend more time exposed to the hot sun which can burn your skin.
Insect repellants is vital to protect you from biting insects such as mosquitoes, flies and wasps. Some repellants may not last longer on your body. So it better to carry it and keep reapplying.
Pack garden gloves. Often when trekking, you have to scramble over thick tree canopies or the trails may be wet and slippery and there are thorns. When you have some gloves, your hands are protected from harmful germs as well.
Binoculars are not used to view gorillas. But will be necessary for you to spot other wildlife when you go other safari activities such as bird watching and primate viewing.
Pack enough drinking water, food or snacks. You need food that will give you strength and energy. Whether the gorilla trek will be longer or shorter, be sure to take lots of water and stay hydrated.
First Aid kit may include your medical supplies. For visitors taking medication while on a safari, you are advised to go in the forest with your small kit.
Toiletries including wipes and toilet paper will help whenever you must ease yourself. In the forest all human waste is buried 30 centimeters underground.
Short pants and open shoes. These are good to wear after gorilla trekking when you want to relax or walk around during a community visit.