Gorilla trekking gears needed on your trekking encounter are same and will apply if you are trekking from Virunga national park, Volcanoes national park, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. Gorillas move in families dominated by a silverback gorilla that makes decisions for all the group activities daily.
The silverback makes sure the family is safe and can fight even up to death point in case of any danger, these apes are so unique and interesting sharing 98% DNA with humans. Gorilla trekking is not just any other tourists activity you can engage in without packing necessary stuff, after buying your gorilla permit, booking a ticket or when traveling to trek gorillas the following things will be required depending on the season if its dry or wet season.
Trekking Gears for the Wet Season
Rain jacket. Gorillas inhabit tropical rainforests that receive a lot of rain, if you’re traveling during the wet season there are higher chances of rain falling while trekking gorillas. Make sure to include a rain jacket in your list of what you need.
Hiking boots. Hiking boots are a number item you should pack either it’s in the rainy season or dry season, gorillas live in higher altitudes of volcanoes so you will do some hiking for hours before finding a gorilla family that’s why it’s called gorilla trekking you have to trek the family and find it.
Garden gloves. Garden gloves are one of the requirements you should include in your gorilla trekking list, sometimes the hiking gets tough and you might need to hold the ground or unto plants to get through. The garden gloves will help you not get harmed or even from germs.
Long sleeved clothes. It’s advisable to pack your long trousers and long-sleeved shirts while doing gorilla trekking, there are a lot of insects that might get in your trousers or shirts and you won’t like the sting so to avoid all the drama pack clothes that can cover most parts of your body.
Warm clothes. Gorillas have adapted to cold temperatures in rain forest with long and thick fur in their bodies, you should pack warm clothes because it sometimes gets really cold in the mountains.
Gorilla Trekking Gears for the Dry Season
Sunglasses and hats. Sometimes it gets very hot and sunny you might require a hat to protect you from sun rays and also pack sunglasses
Sun screen. If you have a sensitive skin, endeavour to pack some sun screen lotion to protect your skin just in case it gets too sunny.
Wet and dry season
Drinking water. Drinking water should be your number one item for gorilla trekking, you will hike and sweat then become very thirsty, and there is no drinking water in the forest so ensure to carry your own.
Binoculars. Binoculars can be used both in the rainy and dry seasons, all of these parks have various species of birds some of which are endemic to the Albertine region. Bird enthusiasts will be glad to spot various birds during gorilla trekking.
Cameras and batteries. It is very important to capture one in a lifetime moment experience of trekking mountain gorillas, you can take as many photos as you want and ensure to pack extra batteries if you can’t trust your camera but please take note that gorillas don’t like flash cameras so you should turn off the flash when taking photos of gorillas.
Energy snacks and packed lunch. Gorilla trekking can take long hours even up to 8 hours sometimes, you will require snacks to give you the energy to push on and lunch can be packed from your respective lodges. Do not litter anything in the forest or give food to gorillas, what you come with must go back with you this reduces the risk of transmission of diseases to gorillas.
Insect repellents. There are many insects in the forests and sometimes you can avoid to be stung by any, the best thing is to carry and insect repellents to avoid irritating insect bites.