Travelers many times don’t understand what it means when we talk of packing list for your gorilla tour in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, however if you are planning a gorilla trek in Rwanda you must dress smartly while on your gorilla trek. The experience of gorilla trekking is so adventurous and as a fact you must prepare the appropriate clothes as well as safari gear for your safari. Most of the time tourists fail to notice the packing list and end ruining their tour. You must note that tracking involve passing through muddy and thick forest and some times meeting gorilla may take a half or full day in jungle as meeting them depends on where they spent the previous day from.
Hiking through the thick vegetation is exhausting and so don’t expect a smooth road, the terrain is rough so a sturdy pair of shoes is recommended. in such a back ground many visitors often dress the way they want, some putting on sandals, shorts, t-shirts, no bags and no water bottle to cool their throats. This kind of dressing is wrong for your trip and you may come out of the forest with a lot of crashes on your body, since it’s not a picnic you are going for; you must take time and think about what is expected on your safari and what not. It must be at the back of your mind that volcanoes National Park is a high attitude and its weather is hard to predict. It is always cold in the morning and in the evening and it can rain at any time therefore appropriate clothes will make your trail comfortable. Gorilla tracking is regarded the number one interesting and memorable activities in the volcanoes national park so you are recommended to do it in the best way possible.
The following are the packing list in the preparation of gorilla safari.
Hiking shoes/ Boots; these are very essential on a gorilla safari and it must be packed first before anything else. Without a good pair of hiking boots/ shoes, your trek may not be exciting as you may not be comfortable in the forest. The ground is rough and sometimes muddy in cases where it rains so without strong shoes it may make tracking very difficult. You will see rangers with rubber boots, gumboots and not sandals. They also want to feel comfortable since they know what it means being in the forest while on a search of these our close relative gorillas. Try also to carry light-weight boots to offer appropriate support for your ankle as well as balance. You are not advised to carry new shoes try to wear it before your trip. A good pair of socks will also be needed. The experience is rewarding when you set your eyes on the great mountain gorillas.
Bag; in order to enjoy your gorilla tracking the most, you must also poses a suitable day pack. As the hike involve moving through the forest and you have accessories like camera, note book, rain jack, bottled water and some times packed lunch and many others, the bag does it the best as you will pack all those in a bag and start the search for gorillas in their natural habitat. Since it’s hard to predict the weather, it would be better if you bought a waterproof day pack.
Jeans, Long-sleeved shirt and Trousers are recommended on a gorilla track: when you’re organizing your gorilla safari pack the best travel wear. Long sleeved shirts/blouses and Jeans or trousers are recommended for a tour in Africa since tracking is in the jungle and on foot. These protect you against vines, nettles branches as well as thorns. Remember to maintain these in natural colors, a long sleeved shirt will be good if it’s in cotton; this will provide warmth and still protect your skin.
Rain Jacket and Safari Hat; these are a must pack due to the fact that African weather is subjected to change at any time, a rain just is very important as it can rain while in the jungle. In case you forget, it can ruin on you during your safari yet it’s always very good to go on safari and come back when satisfied. A safari hat is a must, it’s the only way you will avoid the boiling sun of Africa. Wearing hat will simply make you a smart tourist and it indicates that really you’re a traveler don’t forget it.
Walking stick, Bottled water and Pack lunch; due to the fact that meeting the gorillas may take quite long it may go to a half or full day in the forest searching for gorillas, meeting them depends on where they spent the last night from, it is always advisable to go with packed lunch and bottled water to get more energy for tracking. Walking stick is given to you at the park headquarters or at the lodge to support you as you hike through the thick vegetation.
Sunglasses and Insect repellent: sunglasses are good especially when on a game drive to spot wildlife and even when in the forest, as this protect you from the sun. Insect repellent is highly needed to be packed as there are a lot of mosquitoes in Africa which may cause fever and this may disorganize your safari. When it gets in the evening, you can spray your clothes or body to avoid them.
Garden gloves are also necessary to protect your hands during gorilla trekking, as in the forest it can get slippery and even you can tough or hold some plants, trees. These gloves will therefore protect you from germs and other items that may scratch your hands.
If you follow the packing list you will enjoy your Rwanda adventurous safari in the suitable way