Things to consider before going for gorilla trekking /How do you prepare for a gorilla trek? These are the key items that one needs to consider in the tour activity of gorilla trekking   in order to make travel journey success. However, mountain gorillas trekking is an outstanding experience that involves in exploring the forest or jungle through following gorilla rules as you move into the gorilla habitat to view gorillas in their natural environment where your given one hour with the gorillas. More so, Gorilla trekking is among the major tourist attractions and the most done activity on Uganda Safaris, Rwanda and Congo Safaris.

In Uganda Gorilla trekking is done Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park, Virunga National Park in Congo and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

However, no one is allowed to trek gorillas without a valid permit, but the moment the payment for gorilla trekking permit is done either Uganda or Rwanda, you need to start organizing yourself with different useful and comfortable tracking attires and equipment so that the gorilla tracking experience becomes more essential. Note that gorilla trekking destination Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga National Park and Volcanoes National Park are positioned in areas with high elevation which makes these destinations humid, rainy and cold especially during the nights and early mornings with mists.   Whereas trekking gorillas in one of the national park you can be accompanied with guides through small interesting trails in rainy forest or   even sometimes trek in the forest with thick grass depending on where the gorillas are. Therefore, you need to wear clothing that will protect you from coldness, thorn pricks, insects bite many more.

Things to Consider Before Going for Gorilla Trekking
Bwindi Gorilla trekking

Gorilla Tracking Permit

Gorilla trekking permit is the main outstanding  essential for  gorillas trekking because it’s  the main items that proves you that you can track gorillas in their nature environments ,without  it you can’t be permitted in gorilla tracking in both gorilla trekking destinations Uganda and Rwanda .Therefore ,the gorilla tracking permits should be   acquired in time and packed as the most outstanding   essentials when going for gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park ,Virunga National Park and Volcanoes National Park.

More then, apart from holding a valid permit you also need a valid passport which is also used when acquiring a gorilla tracking permits and a Visa which permits tourists to enter the country because without these two you cannot be permitted to enter the country even if you have already acquired a gorilla trekking permits.

Other useful essentials –gorilla trekking gears

There are quite number of useful essential for gorilla trekking since Gorilla trekking is done in the forest or jungle with no clear trails or path, when you visit in rainy season the trekking trails can be slippery, muddy, steep, wet especially when it rains therefore, the lightweight hiking boots are exceptional when thinking on what items must be useful to pack for the gorilla trekking –tracking experience.

The hiking boots helps your ankle so as to give you stability, good balance and support your ankles on hilly and muddy terrain. More so, the ranger in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Virunga National Park often wear gumboots rubber boots to protect them from forest insects, sharp tree branches as well as preventing the feet from steeping in muddy vegetation in the forest when taking tourists for gorilla tracking. It will also keep you dry in case it rains, protect your feet from stinging plants, insects, tree branches and stepping in mud many more.

Cotton thick socks

Yes, you need to put on tall cotton socks which are being tucked into the long trousers to protect your legs from the insects which might enter your trousers like the red fire ants, safari ants, red ants many more.

Long Sleeved Shirts

One planning for gorilla trekking it’s advisable from your tour operator  to always pack or wear a long sleeved shirt to protect your arms from thorns plants and also keeping you warm in the morning or evening because these national parks are always very cold during morning and evening hours, Things to Consider Before Going for Gorilla Trekking.

Long Sleeved Trousers

It’s good to plan for your gorilla trekking safari in advance because your planned date of arrival to that certain country you’re to trek mountain gorillas. We advise you to wear long sleeved trousers when going for gorilla trekking either Uganda or Rwanda. Of which they help in protecting your legs from nettles, tree branches and thorns. It has to be either Khaki, waterproof and not too tight so as to give you the ability and freedom of movement when trekking and easy to tuck in the socks in order to avoid safari insects from entering the trousers thus not being bruised from the plants in the forest.

When it comes to ladies you’re advised to wear comfortable bras, cotton undergarments so not to feel uncomfortable since it will be a long and tough hike in the jungle and more then, you should wear dull colors like green, brown while going for gorilla trekking in the wild because shouting colors like white are easier to get dirty with the muddy.

Things to Consider Before Going for Gorilla Trekking
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Waterproof rain jacket /Poncho

Most of gorilla trekking destination are tropical rain forest like that of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park therefore it can rain any time of the day whether it’s in the dry season or wet season thus advising you to carry a waterproof jacket to protect you and your camera and other electronic equipment such as binoculars from the rain, smartphones. The rain jacket should be light because you never know it might get hot in the forest during the dry season. Therefore, you should be able to keep them in the backpack when it’s hot and protect you even if it doesn’t rain   because the forest is always wet due to mist.  You can carry, the poncho which helps you to warm your body from the coldness when trekking – tracking gorillas in the forest due to high elevation or altitude.

Garden Gloves

One planning for gorilla trekking   shouldn’t leave behind this item the garden gloves because they are very important in that due to rains the forest or jungle can be slippery. In fact, it’s good to wear garden gloves when going for gorilla trekking because they help you from falling through holding   some tree branches, thorns, nettled, vines many more thus protecting you from hurting, germs and scratched while searching for mountain gorillas, Things to Consider Before Going for Gorilla Trekking.

Energy giving snacks

 Tourists planning for gorilla trekking safaris, you need to pack enough energy giving snacks   since gorilla trekking activity unpredictable can take 30 to 7hours searching for the mountain gorillas along higher altitude areas and note, one hour is provided to the trackers to observe and learn how they feed, play and picture taking.

Sunglasses, Sunscreen and Hat

Sunglasses and a hat are very useful essentials for gorilla trekking when going for gorilla trekking in the forest because they help you in case its very hot and protect your skin from strong sun rays, the hat protects your head and neck from rain in case you have a lot of hair as well as helping not to get stuck in the tree branches in the forest. Therefore, in case you did not pack one for your safari, you can buy one from the local craft markets around the park from the craft shops thus supporting the people selling and protecting your hair during wet season.

Light warm sweater

Most of time where gorillas inhabit from the places are cold especially during the rainy season, very early in the morning and evening hours. When it comes at night the warm sweater will help you to warm yourself at your lodge.


When going on a safari in any destination a camera is also useful item to consider and your advised when going for gorilla trekking in either Bwindi,

Mgahinga, Volcanoes you need to charge your camera batteries very well. But flash disc cameras are not allowed in taking photos so that you can take as many photographs as capturing the moments in the one hour thus making your gorilla trekking safari unforgettable.

Insect Repellent

Note where gorilla trekking takes place is a jungle filled with lot of dangerous insects which might bite you such as tsetse flies, safari ants among others. Therefore, the insect repellent will definitely protect you from these insects and the same goes to Gorilla Habituation Experience also advised to pack the insect repellent in your backpack since you will be spending more time in the forest, Things to Consider Before Going for Gorilla Trekking.

 First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is also important when come on a gorilla trekking safari because it can be help you in case of an injury, muscle strains due to hiking in the forest, or allergies or certain illness. The first aid kit is used to carry medications that can help you in any unexpected illness like anti-malarial drugs, ant-diarrhea drugs, allergy, painkillers, bandages, liniment many more.

Things to Consider Before Going for Gorilla Trekking
Packing List

Waterproof backpack

This is very useful in protecting your personal documents like permits, passport and visa, drinking water, packed lunch box, cameras many more. The bag should be waterproof so that water doesn’t enter the bag in case it rains. This is one of the most items for gorilla trekking that will save your day when it rains.

Walking stick/pole

Gorilla trekking experience requires one to hold a walking stick when going to track gorillas in the jungle because it support you while climbing up and down on steep and in muddy hills. This walking stick can be given at the lodge or you can but it from the local market thus taking it back to your home country after the Gorilla Trekking Safaris as a remembrance for gorilla trekking.

Hiring Porter

This is an optional item and advisable to hire a porter at a cheap and affordable fee since you trek in the steep slopes, the porter will push you along the way and even carry your heavy luggage. And people who have disabilities but they want their dream to come to pass for mountain gorilla viewing porter can carry them in the forest at a small affordable price as also away of supporting the porters because some are students, fathers they have to cater for their families, orphans, pygmies many more thus improving on their standard of living, Things to Consider Before Going for Gorilla Trekking.

Pair of binoculars

These helps in giving clear view of some animals such as small notable birds, chimpanzees, forest elephants, buffaloes, black and white colobus monkeys many more. All the above mentioned items are considered to give life time memories as one goes for gorilla trekking in Uganda’ Bwindi Impenetrable national park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

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