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What to Wear for Gorilla Trekking

what to wear for gorilla trekking

What to Wear for Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking is an amazing adventure carried in only four destinations in Africa; that is; the Virunga mountains, volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable forests, and the Mgahinga highlands in southwestern Uganda. When planning for a gorilla trekking safari, it is important to consider what to wear for gorilla trekking since these mountain gorillas live in the thick forests where the weather is very unpredictable. Whereas a denim shirt is recommended, or something long enough to cover your arms from the wild plants and anticipated bush thorns, remember you wake up early to the mist or morning chill, insects and so you need to have your arms covered to avoid scratches. The place is mountainous and therefore experiences a modified equatorial climate, which is kind of moist and often cooler. The grounds are usually wet and the paths are full of stinging plants-nettles. Besides, the rains are random. We advise you to come with a few things that are useful for you to attain your lifetime amazing gorilla experience in Rwanda and Uganda.

Discover the list of what to wear for gorilla trekking in this blog; read on!

Shirts / Blouses to wear on a gorilla trekking safari

  • Rain Jacket On A Gorilla Safari: A Rain Jacket should be on your top priority as it rains almost all the time here in Bwindi and Volcanoes National Park. Please consider carrying a lightweight jacket/poncho just in case.
  • Long Pants or Trousers: Long pants only this area are a must have on your what to wear for gorilla trekking list, short ones not, We do not recommend jeans since everything here gets wet, am sure you wouldn’t love those bulky tiring wet jeans as you look out for the gorillas. The quick dry pants are recommended you will have guaranteed protection from branches, nettles and the thorns.

Type of Shoes to Put On for gorilla trekking safaris

We recommend hiking boots for your footwear since you need to cover above the ankle. In Uganda or Rwanda, you can ask for knee-high rubber wellies, called gumboots. These are good for the steep terrain sometimes full of vines depending on the gorilla family which you are visiting. Even the gorilla rangers in Uganda and Rwanda will be covered in rubber boots. It is not advisable to think of going for the trekking in sandals or cool white sneakers or trendy shoes, they just won’t survive the forest.

Gardening gloves

Usually, gardening gloves are the best to cover your hands and protect them from thorny plants and touching dangerous mammals in the forest.

Other items to include on your what to wear for gorilla trekking list; 

  • You may also need to carry some Sunglasses too with a neck strap and a hat.
  • Sun cream is also necessary
  • Video/photo camera, extra lenses and Reserve batteries. Photography is an important component of your safari and makes sure that you have your camera ready, charge your batteries very well and if necessary, carry extra batteries as you will need to take many photographs in the one hour you will have with the gorillas.
  • Films and torch-LED models are lightweight and have a good battery life
  • Insect repellants to protect you from Mosquito bites as Bwindi is a tropical forest so many insects are accommodated therein.
  • Binoculars. Don’t forget that you are on safari and you want to have clear views of everything so during your trek in search for the rare mountain gorillas, you will have a chance to spot some other wildlife species like birds, primates and large mammals
  • Energy Giving snacks. Gorilla trekking can take from 30 minutes to eight or so hours and that’s why a certain level of fitness is required. To add on that, we advise that you carry some energy giving snacks as supplements and lots of drinking water as you never know when you will return.
  • Hiring a Porters for your gorilla safari is a top tip -You will need a porter to give you a push on the way to the gorillas as trekking/hiking can take some time. You will pay some fee to a porter but it is worth it.