What to Pack for Gorilla Trekking Safari in Africa?

Before we explore the details of what you should pack for a gorilla trekking tour in Uganda – Africa, let’s quickly browse through the packing list.

Africa Gorilla Trekking Pack List

  • Two face masks hand sanitizer.
  • A decent light waterproof jacket
  • A pair of trousers, a long-sleeved shirt (t-shirt), and long socks.
  • A pair of hiking gloves
  • A lightweight pair of waterproof hiking boots.
  • A tin of insect repellent
  • Energy giving snacks
  • Biodegradable tissue or toilet paper.
  • Waterproof backpack
  • Trekking poles or hiking staff
  • Refillable drinking water bottle.

Detailed Information on What to Pack for Gorilla Trekking?

“A life-changing experience!” Most tourists say this after visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda. I totally agree since I’ve seen the gentle giants many times, and each time is exciting, and discoveries happen all the time. But doing so involves an Indiana Jones-style journey into the depths of the impenetrable gorilla jungle.

The jungle is a seemingly everlasting thicket of tangled growth with no street signs, walking trails, or Google Maps voice directions. To find the gorillas’ nest, you must get up early and religiously follow the footsteps of a local tracker. The experience is unpredictable since every excursion group creates its path. You could hike up or down the uneven terrain, cross rivers, walk through muddy paddles, and climb over fallen giant tree stamps, and it could go on for hours.

Nonetheless, some things are certain; you must take a bucket-load of patience, a good sense of humor, and tolerance for harsh jungle eventualities. The first sight of gorillas is unforgettable. Inside the intense green of the dense vegetation, you’ll see dark shapes as you get closer. It takes a few seconds to realize that these shapes are wild gorillas right there in front of you. Amazingly, they are perfectly calm. The gorillas may glance at you at first but quickly resume their normal activities.

It’s exciting; it’s exhilarating and intense. But, you will not enjoy any of it if the shoe doesn’t fit and you’re drenched in mud and rainwater. Here’s a detailed list of the essential things you must pack for your gorilla trekking tour in Uganda.