WHAT TO PACK FOR MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREKKING
These are some of the items to pack for your gorilla trekking tour while planning for your mountain gorilla tour. Here is a list of things to consider carrying in order to enhance your gorilla trekking experience.
Ensure that you carry ankle-waterproof boots that support hiking but are light in weight. That will enable you to climb these steep slopes as well as make you walk through the gentle slopes within the tropical forests easily. while looking for the endangered mountain gorillas that move from one place to another within these national parks, be it Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Volcanoes National Park, or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Travelers should carry rain jackets that are waterproof, windproof, and have a hood. This is due to the fact that forests in these national parks influence rainfall, whether it’s a wet season or a dry season. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a tropical rainforest and its climate is influenced. There is no guarantee that it won’t rain. The vegetation and ground are always wet, mostly in the morning hours because of the humid conditions.
Travelers should always carry gloves that are similar to garden gloves for the protection of their hands during the trek through the forests in these national parks. As they climb the steep slopes, muddy gentle slopes, and the ground that is always wet sometimes, it can be slippery and you may need to hold some plants or branches for support.
Travelers are required to carry long trousers, at least two pairs, to protect you from small insects and bugs. Long trousers also protect tourists from scratches because you may slide on the steep slopes
long-sleeved shirts or long-sleeved blouses for the ladies.
Travelers should carry long-sleeved shirts because they protect you from insects, itchy plants, sunlight, and scratches from tree branches.
Travelers should carry a binocular to enable you to view various plant and animal species within the national parks in the tropical forest, besides going for Mountain Gorilla trekking. Like in Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park houses other animals like elephants, buffaloes, chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, buffaloes, and more than 350 bird species.
Travelers should ensure that they carry good cameras as they go on the mountain gorilla trek. Gorilla photography will leave you with a lifetime memory. Travelers should carry extra batteries to avoid disappointment.
Travelers should carry trekking poles, which will enable them to balance the steep slopes within the forests as they trek. Although some lodges provide them for you, or your guide may cut a bamboo stick for you that acts as a pole.
Mountain gorilla trekking may require tourists to carry some energy-giving snacks since trekking involves hiking for long hours within the tropical rainforest step slopes. Lodges in either Uganda or Rwanda always have these snacks and can be packed for you.