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What To Wear For Gorilla Trekking In Uganda And Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking Packing List.

  • Wear Long Sleeved Shirts – Long Trousers. …
  • Wear Waterproof Hiking Sturdy Boots. …
  • Sturdy Gardening Gloves. …
  • A Rain Jacket. …
  • Wear a Hat. …
  • Wear enough Insect Repellent. …
  • A Warm Sweater.


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What To Wear For Gorilla Trekking

Dress appropriately as you prepare for your gorilla safari in either Uganda or Rwanda so that you won’t get chilled, pricked by thorns or nettles, or bitten by flies or soldier ants.

When deciding on the clothes to pack for gorilla trekking, ensure you include water proof trousers, jackets, long sleeved shirts, sweaters, long socks and long trousers. Other clothing to take into consideration while planning your gorilla tour are a pair of shorts for relaxation while back at the lodge and Pajamas for the cold nights. Also include long socks to cover your feet.

You need to wear a long sleeved shirt and Long trousers (can be either Khaki zip-up trousers or jeans) in fact if you can get waterproof trousers wear those. Both long trousers and long sleeved shirts protect you from branches, nettles, thorns or anything else that can prick/scratch you.


Wear Water proof Hiking Sturdy Boots

The hiking trails can be slippery especially when it rains therefore a pair of waterproof hiking boots is required especially for gorilla safaris

The shoes should be comfortable for you, in fact Rangers and Trekkers usually wear rubber boots or gumboots. Therefore you can’t see any one wearing white snickers, sandals or any inappropriate footwear.

Hiking boots will give you good stability, balance, traction and support to your ankles, with these also wear good and thick socks. It is important to tuck your trousers into your socks, this sounds and may look unfashionable but it will protect you against fire ants.

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What To Wear For Gorilla Trekking In Uganda And Rwanda

Sturdy Gardening Gloves 

This seems a joke, but it is right. These strong gardening gloves are going to be used in gorilla trekking not in gardening. They will help you support your selves on branches or vines, the gloves also give you protection against nettles such that you don’t get scratched.

You can put them off when you meet the Gorillas in order to take good photos.

Fan-tailed Widowbird and Caruther’s Cisticola.

Wear a Rain Jacket

Rain may fall at any time, whether it is a dry season or not, because gorilla trekking takes place in the rain forest and gorilla trekking is typically done in the morning. As a result, a rain jacket should be brought along.

You can also wear a poncho; most porters, rangers, and trackers do. If you are carrying one, make sure it is lightweight so you can fold it up and store it in your luggage until you need it again.

Wear A Hat

All you need is a good wide-brimmed hat on an expensive Tilley Hat, the hat protects your head and neck from rain or the sun. Onemight choose to wear a baseball cap but t will not protect your neck form the scotching sun after the mist in the mountains has disappeared.

Gorilla trekking Jackets
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 Insect Repellent

During the trek you come across different insects therefore wears a lot of insect repellent will protect you, also you can apply a sunblock cream on your exposed body parts.

A Warm Sweater

Someone might wonder, a sweater in Africa? Yes, and it is important that you carry one or a cardigan to be worn in the early mornings and cool nights. It really gets so cold at night. In Mgahinga Gorilla Park or Volcanoes National Park, the temperature is at10°C/50°F and in Bwindi Impenetrable it’s at11°C/52°F and sometimesit’s lower than this.

African Safari Clothes, What To Wear On Safari

While participating in safari activities in the forest, bright colors should be avoided; however, they are OK when having supper at the resort. For daytime safari activities, neutral hues like light brown, green, and Khaki are ideal. Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana, and many more countries in Africa all highly recommend them. Since they draw tsetse flies and other insects, black and blue clothes are bad in the bush.

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Gorilla trekking packing list

Gorilla Trekking Packing List

  • Insect repellent: The most frequent repellent that works on both mosquitoes and tsetse flies is RID. This can also be bought online and can be applied on with clothes.
  • Sun Blocker cream: this cream will help you protect your face and eyes from the hot sun of Equatorial Uganda.
  • Hand Wipes: these are handy items that help with preventing germs and can be bought here in Africa; they can help in situations where there is no water.
  • Sun glasses: These help with protection from the direct sun shine.
  • Malaria medicine: here consider the best tablets and malarone is always recommended as well as Doxycycline. These are considered effective on malaria treatments. This can be accompanied by a medicine bag containing all your medication to help you on your safari.
  • A pack of toiletries: these can contain many items depending on the sex of the tourists.
  • First Aid: this should be carried in case a tourist gets injured from the jungle.

Safari Gadgets

  • Camera and accompanying equipment’s: End ever to carry a camera that is well equipped with its items as well as a lens cleaner to keep the camera lens clean.
  • Enough Batteries: Carry a complete set of chargeable batteries along with a good charger, these should be in your handy bag within the vehicle or car.
  • Binoculars: You are advisable to carry a pair of binoculars and these will depend on which activity you are to carry out like birding or game driving.
  • Camera Memory card : you are advisable to carry extra memory cards for the cameras if you are to take many photos in the jungle
  • Flash Light. Bring this along to help you take photos even in the dark like during night game drives.

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