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What to pack for a Gorilla tracking tour?

The best backpack for Gorilla tracking

After all, bookings have been made, there is one thing that can tarnish your great safari from being an unimaginable experience.

Having secured your Uganda gorilla trekking permit, accommodation and transport – it is vital to consider what you are going to pack, as incorrect clothing can spoil the experience.

Today, we have compiled a list of what you should have before embarking on a gorilla trekking safari in the thick Jungles of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. The good news is that most of the gear can be bought here in Uganda.

So if you were not able to obtain everything before you left home then worry not!

Waterproof Boots

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park’s floor has boggy soils, ever wet. To cover your legs from the soggy ground and river waters that will be crossed on several trails, waterproof boots are essential.

Waterproof light boots on your feet, the thrill has started because your feet are dry and comfortable. Due to the high amounts of rainfall received in this park, the thick vegetation makes the soil soft and wet. These shoes can be bought in most Entebbe or Kampala shops. 

Rain jackets

Gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi impenetrable forest are worthy being taken part in though you need have the right gears. At this park, rain falls any minute thus calls for a rain jacket and waterproof clothing worn. The memories are so beautiful however while in the forest, anticipate rain at any time even in the dry season because it’s unpredictable.

In case it does not rain, there is thick vegetation here that the dew can stay till the afternoon hours of the day. The dew can soak you real wet if not dressed on a waterproof jacket and this may affect the would-be gotten real experience.

Garden gloves

Bwindi Uganda during your trekking safari will take you to the slippery spots, take you to the thorny and itchy weeds. This is where the garden gloves come in to help to avoid touching mud on the slippery area or grabbing on itchy or thorny weeds in this forest that will give you discomfort if touched physically with a hand.

We tell you some slippery places tend to make the trekking experience harder at times and you will, by all means, be forced to grab something for support and if you have your garden gloves on, everything will remain normal and the continues. 

Also, trekking trail may go to one thorny point where you may grab one accidentally and end up being hurt by thorns but if the gloves are on, safety is guaranteed

Pair of binoculars

The beauty is too vast and varied. For the ardent bird lovers taking part in the gorilla trekking safari, don’t leave your equipment behind because this park is rich in bird species. A few of the roles of the binoculars on this safari could be for spotting/viewing birds, tiny features that come your way on your trekking trail at a far and you may need to have the binoculars help to magnify them. 

This is an optional; requirement on this kind of safari. We put it down because many have always regretted having not carried them when their need arose.

Energy-boosting snacks and drinks

The gorilla trekking safaris always tend to be lengthy yet they involve a lot of trekking, hiking in pursuit of mountain gorillas. This calls for you to pack something to add up on the early morning breakfast had at the lodge. 

The normal gorilla tracking safaris last between 2-8 hours. This, therefore, renders the breakfast energy alone to meagre to sustain you till you return to the lodge for lunch after the gorilla trekking experience.

So to avert incidences of collapsing, you are recommended to carry soft easy snacks and drinks to help you along the way till when the activity is over. However, ensure to remember that littering in the park is highly prohibited and has a prize attached to it if caught. Also, don’t get tempted to feed the gorillas!! For more Dos and Don’ts while in this park, look out for our next article.


Due to constant hikes, treks, and movements, the body loses water and you must replace it in the long hours spent in the jungles of the park. Enough water for drinking must be carried to cease thirst from spoiling the experience and the thrill. 

We recommend you carry at least 1.5-2 litres of water to ensure that your experience is a great moment of your life.

Camera with extra batteries.

To store the memories for centuries, take Ugandan invisible product to your home country, why not carry a camera to record the unforgettable thrilling experience in the thick jungle of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park? 

The risk of going for classy experiential gorilla trekking activity and then fail to capture moments with the gentle giants, the landlords of the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is so immense. The ultimate experience and memories can reminisce don both in the soul and in the digital equipment. 

 Or rather you carry it with just a single battery that may run down in the climax of getting superb memories. To be safer, carry a spare battery in case the first one runs out of power/energy.

Hat and sunglasses

The mood is too high and nothing should limit and cut your expectations. You should carry even the minor ones of the requirements just to be on the safer side and avert being disappointed when near The hat and sunglasses work efficiently during the dry season where the sunshine is somehow hot and need as to be paralyzed as it should not cut the thrilling gorilla trekking experience expectations.

Long-sleeved shirts and trousers.

These are so necessary because of the kind of vegetation at Bwindi impenetrable fort national park. The hype in you can be cut short by the kind of trousers or shirt you are wearing when you are in the middle of the trail tracking mountain gorillas. We also recommend that you pack both shirt and trousers waterproofed to keep you so untouchable by all sorts of weather conditions.


 Porters are readily available within the park and they offer assistance to you to carry your luggage during gorilla trekking safari. Worry not about the safety of your stuff because these porters are wholly reliable. They will assist you, reduce the heavyweight burden of luggage on your back yet it’s a fun time. However, they do it at a fee. We, therefore, recommend you to get porters to carry your luggage prior commencing your gorilla tracking experience to avert tiring while still on the safari.

Are you interested or done with making your bookings? Check your pack list, compare and Update. For more Gorilla tracking safari related information, Contact Lionking Safaris Uganda and you will surely receive the responses.

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