When it comes to African safari to Uganda or Rwanda, how you pack does matter a lot if you are to get the best of your safari holiday. Depending on what your travel needs are, what you wear is ideally something every visitor needs to put into consideration. The dress code may slight differ depending on the destination and most importantly, if you are planning to track mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga National Park or Volcanoes National Park, you have to consider essential items first because this is not an ordinary adventure.
Waterproof hiking boots
When you think of gorilla trekking, be prepared to hike through the rainforest of Uganda, DR Congo or Rwanda and given the kind of this adventure, ordinary shoes won’t work but most significantly, you need good waterproof hiking boots that are light weight are the best choice. Regardless of the season, you have to expect rains any time of the year and it can turn muddy when it rains and one way to get protected from slippery steep slopes and thick rainforest is for you to have waterproof hiking boots.
The fact that the trek to see these magnificent primates takes you through the dense vegetation, at one point, you will need to have support especially when you fall off and the only option is the nearby plants of which these can be thorny or very itchy. The best way to get protected from such cases, gardening gloves should be a must on your packing list.
While on gorilla safari, expect rains at any time of the day regardless of the season whether it is a dry spell or wet season. Because of this, need a rain jacket or poncho to help protect you from heavy down pour while in the jungles searching for these beautiful creatures. If you have any plans to explore Volcanoes National Park or Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park for gorilla trekking, a rain jacket should be a must.
Long sleeved shirts
Treks to see mountain gorillas take you through the dense jungles of Uganda, Rwanda and the DR Congo and while here, you will encounter stinging insects especially ants or perhaps falling tree branches. To safeguard yourself from such situations, you need long sleeved shirts/trousers that you tuck into socks/blouses and others. When considering which cloth to wear or trouser, most importantly, you need environmentally friendly attire.
Hat and sun glasses
Uganda’s weather isn’t same through and can change at any time of the day. It can be very hot at times and a hat can do you some good job and sun glasses for strong sun rays. They may look optional but they significant while you are on gorilla safari.
Miscellaneous items to have include towel and most importantly, you need a heavy one to suit within the conditions at the park, sweater, daypack that is waterproof and many more.
On gorilla safari, other key items to include on your packing list include toiletries, waterproof daypack for your camera, first aid kit, camera, energy giving snacks, bottled water, permit, binoculars, documents, packed lunch, long socks, sweaters, long pants and others.