Gorilla trekking is one of the best activities carried out in the whole world gorilla trekking by definition is when you are led by a ranger guide to the forest to search for gorillas, when they are found one hour is given to tourists as they watch them do their daily behaviors. Gorilla trekking takes place in the national parks of three East African countries and they include; Uganda in Bwindi and Mgahinga national Parks respectively, Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Virunga National Park.
Everyone on this planet earth longs for gorilla trekking as an activity and there are both essential and recommended requirements as q as clothing which most travelers don’t come along with. This article will help you get to know what to come along with as you travel to gorilla destinations in Africa.
A gorilla trekking permit is an essential requirement for every tourist who feels like taking part in a gorilla trekking experience. A gorilla permit is a document given to every tourist by the Park headquarters in every gorilla destination and this allows you to take part in the experience without any hesitations. It’s better to book your permit two or three months before the day for trekking.
Rain gears like a rain jacket, a sweater and many more are important, especially in the rainy season and even though it’s not a rainy season since gorillas live in tropical rain-forests, it can rain any time even when you don’t expect it. This will help you protect yourself from rain and warm you up during the cold weather.
Hiking shoes, since the gorilla trekking experience, involves hiking up and sloping down the slippery terrain, scandals are not suitable for this activity and you need high quality and waterproof shoes which will help you move through these slippery trails which are muddy always, especially during the rainy season.
Cameras, an experience with the gorillas is worth to be memorial and that’s why you need to be having a camera which is well charged and which is not flash so that it can disappoint you during that one-hour moment with the gorillas. The flash cameras are not good to use while taking photos because the gorillas may display bad behavior.
Sunglasses, sun cream, a hat and binoculars, Since most gorilla trekking is best done during the dry seasons, you need the above materials to protect you from the heavy sunshine during the hot days. Binoculars will help see the further away attractions and they are also essential because there are some attractions which you cannot come closer to like birds.
Clothing to pack while coming for gorilla trekking should be long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect you from dangerous plants like stinging nettles. Short pants are not recommended because you will be passing through thick forests with thorns and they are likely to hunt your soft bodies.
Energy-giving snacks are also highly recommended because trekking gorillas involves hiking for long hours and you need to be having these snacks to give you more energy that will help you maneuver through all the hikes during the whole experience.
Walking sticks will be provided to you at the briefing point which is the Park headquarters and they will help you with hikes. With all the above, your gorilla trekking experience in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo will successfully be carried out. Note that the porters are available to help carry your luggage throughout the whole experience, at a small fee.
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