Wondering what to park for your gorilla trekking experience, all you need to do is having the right gorilla trekking gear for your safari to Uganda given the fact that the experience is done in the dense afro-montane forests which are characterized with cool weather with annual rainfall totals of about 2390mm of rain each year. It can get really cold especially in the mornings and at night. The altitudinal height ranges from 1160m to 2607m above sea level, which results in variations in temperature. The park is also close to the equator so rain can come when you least expect it. This therefore implies that you really have to make plans in advance before you travel to Bwindi/ Mgahinga national park for gorilla trekking experience.
There are plenty of gorilla trekking gear that can be required for a marvelous experience but however there some which you can acquire on site minus carrying them along on your travel. The following are some of the requirements that you ought to consider in order to have a wonderful experience;
A pair of long-sleeved shirts and pants; the hike in the forest on your trek is through thick trails and maneuvering through them will require you to have long clothes to protect your body from thorns and any scratches that can cause body irritation and damage. The weather is as well not good for exposed body due to high altitude characterized with coldness. It’s thus better to carry long wool coated clothes for your safari.
Water proof Hiking boots; gorilla trekking safari are characterized with unpredictable weather conditions and the chances of rain to fall at any time are high weather in dry season or wet season rendering the ground to be slippery and muddy. This means that you ought to buy water proof hiking boots fitting enough to stick to the ground and offer you necessary support and comfortability along the hike in search for the endangered primates.
Rain jacket/Poncho; as mentioned above the likeliness of rain to occur weather in dry or wet season is possible. Most tourists prefer visiting the park during the drier months from June to September and December to February to avoid rainfall in the months of March, April and May. This implies that you should move with a comfortable rain jacket to protect you from rain and have the best gorilla trekking experience without being disturbed by any conditions.
Gardening gloves; on your gorilla trekking tour you need to carry safety gardening gloves to prevent you upon the things you will touch while in the forest, these will protect you from any itching plants that are found in the forest and help you get support upon the trek while holding anything without getting harm.
Insect repellant; this is another important tool for your gorilla safari, the accommodation sites in Bwindi are of close proximity to the forest and thus there changes of being exposed to different insects like mosquitoes. You will require insect repellant to smear on your body or clothes to prevent you from any insects that can lower down your immunity and prevent you from having a safe trek.
Hut and Sun Glasses; most travelers prefer visiting the country for either wildlife or primate safari especially in dry season and by this time the tend to rise hence being sunny requiring you to be having a hut to put on to prevent you from scorching sun and direct sunlight.
Drinking water and Energy giving snacks; gorilla trekking does not have specified time when you embark on the trek. The trek takes between 30 minutes to half day while trying to look for the gorillas in their natural habitat therefore endeavor to travel with packed lunch and water on you trek to be energized enough on your trail.
Cameras and a pair of batteries; one of the other gorilla trekking gear is a camera, once you meet the gorillas on your trek you are allowed to spend one hour with them or 4 hours while on gorilla habituation. You will be allowed to take plenty of photos though flash lights are not allowed as they can scare/charge gorillas. They will thus act as reference and storytelling to your friends/family once you’re back to your homestead.
Porter on your gorilla trek; there is an extra service which is offered at park headquarters to trekkers who wish to get extra support upon the trek. Porters are here to offer you extra man power at a subsidized cost and ensure that you meet the gorilla family your allocated and safely come back from the trek
First Aid Kit; A First Aid Kit should including items such as rehydration sachets, anti-diarrhea medicine, aspirin, cold medication, antiseptic cream, motion sickness pills, lip balm, eye drops and personal medication
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