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Backpacking Essentials for Gorilla Trekking | The Complete Guide

Backpacking is an adventure that combines hiking with back-country exploration.

It’s typically a low-cost and independent form of travel, involving staying in budget-friendly accommodations, using public transportation for getting around, and often spanning several days.

Some backpacks have features that allow you to detach a smaller day-pack from the main pack.

Backpacking while Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking is the most expensive tourist activity in Africa.

The cost of gorilla permits alone is very high, not including transportation and accommodation.

This has made it difficult for budget travelers to experience gorillas in the wilderness.

However, the good news is that backpacking is the most affordable option they have for gorilla trekking.

While on a gorilla trekking safari, your backpack should include a small bag, drinking water, energy snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and many other small essentials you might need during the trek.

Backpacks should not be too heavy while trekking because trekking gorillas alone is very tiresome.

You have to hike through muddy and slippery trails, sometimes in the rain.

Your backpack should be comfortable to avoid back pain during the trip.

That’s why it’s advisable to use rainproof material or alternatively buy a rainproof cover for the backpack.

Gorilla trekking is not just any other simple safari activity.

When planning to trek mountain gorillas, you need to be physically fit.

There is also a list of things you should bring along, including waterproof hiking boots, insect repellent, plenty of drinking water, sunscreen, raincoats, warm and long-sleeved clothes, and garden gloves, among other items.

Gorilla permit prices differ depending on the country where you will trek gorillas.

Uganda is the best option for backpackers to trek gorillas because they have cheaper permits compared to Rwanda.

Though Congo offers the lowest prices on gorilla permits, the civil unrest in the country makes it hard for tourism.

Permits in Rwanda cost $1500 per person, $700 in Uganda per person, and $400 in Congo per person during the peak season, and $200 during the low season.

In case your backpack is heavy, there are always porters available in all gorilla parks who will help with the luggage at an affordable price.


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