Gorilla Trekking Packing List

Gorilla Trekking Packing List – What to Carry or Wear for Gorilla Trekking?

Gorilla Trekking Packing ListThe gorilla trekking packing list is a vital checklist for items to use while on a safari. When you book a gorilla safari, ensure that you know what to pack for a gorilla tour adventure to enable you enjoy the trip. Before you set off from home coming to Rwanda or Uganda on a gorilla safari. Look keenly on the list and know what to bring with you. It is not a must that you have to bring all of them, but some of them. Your specific interests and safari preferences will guide you on what to bring on you gorilla tour.

    • Hiking Boots. The best hiking boots are among the vital items one should carry on a gorilla safari.
    • Garden Gloves
    • Rain Jacket.
    • Long Sleeved Shirt or Blouse
    • Energy Giving snacks.
    • Cameras and extra batteries.
    • Hat and Sun Glasses.
    • Pair of Binoculars.

Now that you have done a gorilla permit booking with us, a gorilla trekking pack list is what should be considered on the agenda. The trekking gears for your gorilla safari are very crucial in enjoying the trip. Gorilla tracking clothes are the same any national park you have chosen for your safari. Below is the blacklist for a gorilla trekking tour even though the list could be longer in case you have other tours and safaris before or after the gorilla safari.

Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are the most outstanding items to be included among your gorilla trekking gears. Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda or Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda involve hiking in the jungles in search of the endangered mountain gorillas. Due to the forest nature as well as the elevation plus the topography, one needs light-weight boots for the walking activity. Therefore, ensure that you pack the best hiking boots for gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo.

Garden Gloves

During your gorilla trek, you need gloves to protect your hands from any likely bites or body cruises. While moving in the forest, it may be slippery and somehow you need something to hold on. In case you touch some itching plants, trees or climbing trees, you get protected with the gloves. The gloves will also guard you against germs, insects or thorns that may scratch your skin. In that case, you are highly advised to include Garden Gloves in the gorilla trekking packing list.

Rain Jacket

Gorilla Trekking Packing ListRain jackets are a necessary inclusion in the gorilla trekking packing list as the unpredictable weather can change any time resulting into rain. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga National Park are tropical rain forests with high rains throughout the year. You can never tell when it is going to rain or shine and therefore a rain jacket is a strong protection against any possible bad weather. Even though months of June, July, August and  September are known as drier periods, a rain jacket would still be necessary in such tropical forests.  Months of March, April and May are known for being wet and rain could fall anytime. So as you plan for your booked gorilla tour, do not forget a rain jacket or poncho on your packing list.

Long Sleeved Shirts and Blouses

Putting on long sleeved trousers, shirts or blouse while trekking gorillas is a safety measure. To avoid insects like the safari ants, ensure that you have tacked in your trousers into your hiking boots to avoid insects that may enter your trousers. For proper trekking, jeans and Kachi trousers are  best recommended.

Energy Giving Snacks

Since Gorilla trekking may take between one to eight hours or more, a certain degree of fitness is important. Carrying energy giving snacks and water is necessary. Before leaving for gorilla tracking, packed lunch and lots of bottled drinking water should be in possession. Energy giving foods are accessible from super markets in major towns.

Cameras and Batteries

Photo for memorable purpose is a very crucial component of your gorilla safari. Make sure you come along with a camera with a charged battery and  extra batteries in your bag so that your photographic exercise is not interrupted by down power batteries. While taking pictures, ensure to switch off your camera flash lights as they disturb the gorillas strangely.

Hat and Sun Glasses

In case of gorilla trekking during drier seasons, kindly carry a hat as well as sunglasses to protect yourself from sun-rays.

Pair of Binoculars

It is advisable to carry binoculars on a gorilla safari to help you have clear views of everything  during trekking. Besides mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is also a home to about 350 birds, primates like black and white colubus monkeys, forest elephants plus buffaloes. This means that as you trek gorillas, chances of spotting some animal and bird species are high and so you need binoculars for clear visibility purposes.

What Is The Right Color For Your Safari Clothes?

Colors which bright should not be carried while going out for safari activities in the jungle. Such colors may used freely while on a dinner at the lodge or during the road or flight transfers. Neutral colors such as light brown, green, Khaki are good for safari activities during the day and are highly recommended for an African safari for instance in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana and many more destinations. Blue and black colors are not ideal clothing in the jungle as they are known to attract tsetse flies and other biting insects.

Wearing Shorts on an African Safari

It is recommended that you wear shorts at the lodge or during day time when its much shiny. Shorts are not good for gorilla trekking and chimpanzee hiking adventures, mountain climbing or nature walks since they expose the body to dangerous vegetation like thorns, vines and insect bites. One should put on shorts after applying insect repellents on the body.

Safari Socks

Safari socks should be of cotton type or wool to offer protection to the feet. Blister-free socks are as vital as the footwear selection for comfort on long, medium or shorter walks.

Under Wear

These must be washed clean while on safari and it is advisable to buy some detergent in small to keep them clean.

Citronella Soap

This is so useful as it acts as both soap and an insect repellent; this type of soap also acts as an anti-bacterial element to the body.

Porters for carrying some items during a Gorilla Trek

Though optional, it is  advisable to have a porter during gorilla trekking. At times, gorilla trekking may be tiresome and therefore you could need someone to help you move on well when exhausted on the way to the or from the gorillas. The porters work for a small fee and it is always worth it. Some of the porters are actually students in vacation or those out of school for failure to pay school fees. Some porters are just poor people in the communities who only look for money to sustain their families. Therefore by using the services of the porter, you are indirectly helping on community development.
Summarized Gorilla Trekking Packing List 

The following are the items to consider into you safari bag:-

– 1-or 2 shirts, preferably long sleeved

– about 2 short sleeved shirts or more

– 3 to 4 pairs of lighter trousers/pants which can quickly dry in case you are trekking

– A pair of short trousers

– A sweater where necessary

– One windproof and waterproof jacket

– For women, a skirt is advisable

– Gloves similar to those of gardening for gorilla trekking

– Solid water-resistant walking gumboots. You will tuck into socks while trekking gorillas

– A Pair of sports sandals, for example Tevas

– A Hut for sun protection

– Underwear, Lightweight mohair socks

– Swimsuit (and a plastic bag)


– Camera, extra lenses and extra batteries

– Film mainly fast film for the mountain gorillas.

– Flashlight and binoculars

– Insect repellent with DEET. (DEET is known to be the highly effective and well studied repellent against mosquitoes presently available on the market)

– Sunblock or a sunscreen

– Shades or sun goggles

– Private toiletries and small day pack

– Medicines, in case one is drugs for some ailments

– Kleenex tissues

– A Small notepad

Other Essential Items you shouldn’t forget

  • Hand sanitizers and wipes
  • Toothbrush
  • Lip balm and personal Vaseline
  • Some antibiotics
  • Allergy remedies in case you are allergic
  • Some vitamins
  • Electric adapter
  • Travel alarm clock
  • A notebook for noting down vital memories
  • Hair shampoo
  • Sanitary necessities
  • Some painkillers
  • A day hand pack
  • Waterproof pack

In a nutshell, Gorilla Trekking Services is your guide you can rely on for your gorilla tour in Africa. You may pack some items listed by choosing the most important to you and leave out others you can do without.

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