The endangered mountain gorillas form a popular touristy attraction in Uganda and Africa in general. As the result, the activity attracts several visitors who come to Uganda to enjoy the gorilla trekking activity. The gorilla trekking activity involves the visitors going to the forest and searching for the endangered mountain gorillas and once the gorillas are found within the wildness, they are allowed to see them for only one hour or four hours. Gorilla trekking in Africa is done in three countries of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Of all these destinations, Uganda has got the highest number of endangered mountain gorillas.
And in these countries, the gorillas’ parks include the Virunga and Kahunzi Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park in Uganda, and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. The eastern lowland gorillas which are bigger than the endangered mountain gorillas are also found in Africa and these can be traced in the democratic republic of Congo.
There are a lot of items that the visitor who is going for the gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or Africa should pack to have the wonderful gorilla trekking experience and these include;
Hiking shoes; makes sure that you pack the right hiking shoes that cover your ankle and those that will facilitate easy movement through the muddy areas or the sleepy ground and these as well keep you from being injured by tree branches that you might step on.
Visitors as well need to pack the gorilla permit; this is the card that you shouldn’t leave being when going for the African gorilla trekking safari. The card will give you access to the gorilla family that you will be allocated to.
It is also ideal that you pack energy-giving foods as well as snacks when going for then gorilla trekking. The gorilla trekking activity lasts for long hours and thus you should be able to get these drinks to help you through the park. Going on a gorilla trek takes around 2 to 6 hours in the forest, so bring energy foods like natural products, nuts, and chocolate pressed cuisine from the hotel, and so on. After you’ve finished traveling, make sure to take your trash with you so you may leave the woods in the same condition you found it.
You need to pack a waterproof jacket. The gorilla trekking activity is done within the rainy tropical forests that any rains can happen any time of the year. And thus you will need to have waterproof jackets to protect you just it rains.
A couple of optics, gorilla trekking takes place in woodlands that are home to other wildlife species such as birds and primates, therefore a couple of optics will aid you in clearly spotting various bird species that are far away or flying through the air.
During your gorilla trekking safari, a cap will protect your head from the sun, both direct and indirect, as well as tree water droplets. The cap will protect your hair from soil and getting wet due to water droplets if you are a woman.
Visitors who are also interested in the gorillas trekking should also carry sunglasses that will protect your eyes from strong sunlight since the best gorilla trekking safaris happen when the place is dry and the sun hits hard.
Visitors can pack the backpacker also known as a knapsack, which is an essential item to bring on your gorilla trekking safari because it will be used to transport all of your belongings, including your gorilla trekking permit, bug repellant, drinking water, and energy snacks, among other things.
The Strolling stick, also known as a walking stick, is a device that aids in your development when traveling by providing balance and support when ascending steep and difficult terrain. A mobile stick can be rented for a little fee at the recreation area base camp, or from locals for a small fee. Recruiting a watchman or hiring a doorman is the best thing you can do on your gorilla trekking safari since the doorman will transport your knapsack.
It is also advisable that you carry the drinking water when going for the gorilla trekking safari; drinking water in Africa; because gorilla trekking can take a few hours or a full day, it’s a good idea to have at least two liters of water with you when you go. This will keep you from becoming dehydrated.
You also need to come with the Camera and extra batteries for the gorilla trekking safari. A camera is an important item to bring on a gorilla trekking safari since it allows you to take beautiful photos and record the minutes to show people back home after the safari. Cameras with streak lights are not permitted to be used for taking images.