What to wear for gorilla trekking in Uganda
Gorilla trekking is one popular Uganda safari activity, however, do you know what it actually is and what to wear for gorilla trekking in Uganda? Gorilla trekking has no specific description but can be described as an activity that involves walking/ hiking through dense tropical forests in search of the elusive mountain gorillas. This gorilla species gains its name from their habitat which is on a high altitude on the mountains that raise to about 2,607 meters above sea level. This is why seeing the mountain gorillas requires hiking up to the hills and hence need for physical fitness.
To see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat the only option is trekking or hiking for about 6 hours within tropical forests with trails and flowing streams. It’s an experience that gets you to the wild, walking within the forests and meeting whatever comes your way, including birds, butterflies, insects and anything else. Since it’s an experience that gets you to the wilderness, safety is ensured by park rangers who are armed to keep away any harm from those on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris. 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 Uganda;
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. Shorts and vests are not anything to think of when planning to go gorilla trekking. The long clothing should also be comfortable and thick with colors that can’t get stained easily.
- Hiking shoes
Since you are going to take a challenge hiking to an altitude that is raised over 2,000 meters above sea level, you will require sturdy hiking shoes. Ensure to have comfortable sure such that hiking is made easy and you don’t get bruises. To keep your legs warm, put on cotton stockings inside to keep your ankles safe. It’s recommendable to try on your shoes maybe by taking morning jogging before you set out for the trip.
- Rain jacket
Whether it’s in the rainy season or in the dry season, you need to pack and wear a rain jacket during gorilla trekking. The south western part of the country where the gorilla safari parks of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park experience colder and rain can be expected at any time of the year. A rain jacket will protect you from rain and drizzles.
- Hand gloves/gardening gloves
Since you will have your body covered, your hands will too need protection. You will need to wear hand gloves to protect your hands from thorns as you hike. Incase you slide and would like to have a firm grip on a tree or any kind of plant, you need to make sure your hands are safe. Wear hand gloves for protection.
- Brimmed hat
As you get into the forest, remember to wear a brimmed hat to protect your head from any bites. This could also protect your hair from inhabiting any insects or leaves fro the forest.
Uganda gorilla tours take an unpredictable time and therefore, you need to carry some water and packed lunch incase trekking lasts for a long time and therefore you need to have a backpack to carry in your essentials. Other things to put in your backpack include wipes, camera, phones, extra batteries and medication.
- Insect repellent
Since the jungle is full of insects, it’s recommended that you wear insect repellent before you head for the trek.
Uganda gorilla trekking safari packages
To help you better plan your gorilla trekking safari, here is a list of top gorilla packages in Uganda that you can choose from;
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