Rwanda gorilla trekking packing list is very essential to help you get a comfortable trek while in the forest. In case you are wondering how you will keep safe from insects, bites and cuts here is what you need to wear for gorilla trekking in Rwanda;
Long sleeved shirts and trousers: Since you are going to walk in the jungle where insects can give nasty bites, wearing long sleeved shirts and trousers is recommendable. Wear shirts, long enough to cover your hands to the wrist and trousers long enough to be tucked into your stocking.
Hiking shoes: Since you are going to take a challenge hiking to an altitude that is raised over 2,400 meters above sea level, you will require sturdy hiking shoes. Ensure to have comfortable shoes such that hiking is made easy and you don’t get bruises.
Rain jacket: Whether it’s in the rainy season or in the dry season, you need to pack and wear (if necessary) a rain jacket during gorilla trekking. The area where the park is located receives a lot of rain and it actually rain during a gorilla trekking experience.
Hand gloves/gardening gloves: Since you will have your body covered, your hands will need protection too. You will need to wear hand gloves to protect your hands from thorns as you hike.
Gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda are becoming increasingly popular and many travelers would want to know the relevant information before they decide to visit the country. Here is a guide on the frequently asked questions about gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
Since gorilla trekking involves moving within the forests that are dense many people frequently ask whether it is safe to go into the jungle. The answer is yes, gorilla trekking is safe.
The joint security force of military, tourism police and armed rangers guarantee travelers of safety during their gorilla trekking safaris. Safety during gorilla trekking is a concern for all security forces in the countries.
Client safety is guaranteed by ensuring that the parks have armed park rangers. A total of 8 trekkers are allocated one gorilla family to trek and they go along with two armed rangers to ensure that tourists are not harmed by any wild animals. Armed rangers keep clients safe during the entire gorilla trek and ensure that travelers are safe from any harm. A head of the clients is an armed ranger as well as another one behind.
Though Volcanoes National Park raises to an altitude of about 2,500 m above sea level, gorilla trekking isn’t really as difficult as it is depicted. Gorilla trekking isn’t very hard as there are trails that are set through the forests to help the trekkers. The group is guided by skilled trackers who help you go through the forest.
Being disabled or having problems with mobility does not mean that you cannot go gorilla trekking in Rwanda. You can hire porters and a sedan chair that can be used to carry you till where the gorillas can be found. When you reach the gorillas, you are put down to take pictures and then returned to the trek start point.
It is referred to as a year round activity but the best time to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda is during the short and long dry seasons. The short dry season is from the time of mid-December to early February. The long dry season is from June to September. Both the short and long dry seasons are best times for gorilla trekking.
June – September: The period between June to September is the longest dry season in Rwanda and best time to trek gorillas. During this time hiking is easier as the trails are not so muddy and slippery. There are also few chances of rain pouring during this season of the year but since it is a tropical jungle anything can happen and it can rain.
December – February: This is the short dry season and also the best time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking. During the dry season it offers the easiest hiking or walking conditions in the forest. The malaria risk is also low during this time.
The cost of a Rwanda gorilla trekking permit is USD 1500 each. Each Rwanda gorilla trekking permit is valid for a single gorilla trekking experience. The cost is general for foreign nonresidents, residents as well as Rwandese.
Gorilla conservation is such a costly investment with need to pay for conservationists, rangers, doctors, and anyone who contributes to the wellbeing of the gorillas. The survival of mountain gorillas is much dependent on conservation efforts which makes it expensive. The cost of keeping the mountain gorillas is high and this makes the total cost of each permit expensive. However, with the fact that a part of the gorilla trekking permit cost goes towards conservation makes it all worth it.
With all this relevant information, you can start planning your Rwanda gorilla tour with several affordable itinerary packages. Our popular itinerary to the park is the 3 days Volcanoes Rwanda gorilla safari. For cheaper trips we can also plan other Africa safari tours including Uganda gorilla safaris, Kenya safaris tours or Tanzania wildlife safaris.