What to wear for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park or Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla Park is the same though the landscape is different.
The landscape of Bwindi Impenetrable is slightly different from that of Mgahinga in Uganda and Volcanoes National Parks in Rwanda but they are all located at higher elevations hence this makes them rainy, humid and cold especially in the nights. While trekking you are not hiking on comfortable tracks, and sometimes there are no trails at all or you hike following very small trails thus right Clothing and Footwear on a Gorilla Trek protects you from Nettles, Thorns, Branches, pesky flies, soldier ants, spiders, and below are our recommendations on what to wear for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda.
Long Sleeved Shirts and Trousers
You need to wear a long sleeved shirt and Long trousers which are waterproof trousers that can protect you from branches, nettles, thorns or anything else that can prick or scratch you. Cotton undergarments are recommended, also ladies should ensure that they wear comfortable bras since the hike can be tough.
Waterproof Hiking Sturdy Boots
The hiking trails can be slippery especially when it rains therefore a pair of waterproof hiking boots is required. The shoes should be comfortable for you, in fact Rangers and Trekkers usually wear rubber boots or gumboots. 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.
Sturdy Gardening Gloves
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.
A Rain Jacket
Trekking is done in the rain forest and usually in the morning hours, therefore rain might fall at any time whether it’s a dry season or not, and therefore rain jacket should come handy which you can easily fold and kip in your bag pack until you need it the next time.
Wear a Hat
The hat protects your head and neck from rain or the sun. One might 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. you could buy one form any local craft markets if you did not come with one.
Wear enough 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.