November 4

What to Pack for Gorilla Trekking in Africa

November 4, 2022

You’ve watched the film Gorillas in the Mist more times than you can count and fantasised about coming face-to-face with these mighty primates in their own hood. But when it comes to deciding what to pack for gorilla trekking in Africa, it can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in! Our team of Travel Experts have travelled all across our magical continent to experience its many treasures first-hand, so that they can guide you to experience only the very best. Therefore, we’ve done the work for you and compiled the ultimate list of what to pack for gorilla trekking! So, channel your inner Dian Fossey explorer spirit, and let’s start packing for your gorilla trekking adventure! 

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Strap on your hiking boots, we're going gorilla trekking!

Ultimate List of What to Pack for Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking is a very specific experience and therefore requires a very specific packing list. If you’re visiting Africa for a gorilla trekking adventure, you will more than likely head to Rwanda or Uganda

Because you will be trekking up steep forested slopes, having the right gear and clothing is paramount so that nothing will hold you back from meeting the eyes of your gorilla cousins. Here’s what you should definitely pack for gorilla trekking in Africa.

Meet majestic gorillas in Africa

Ready to meet these majestic gorillas in Africa?

1. Long-Sleeved Shirts and Jerseys 

Long-sleeved shirts and jerseys are your best bet to protect your arms from scrapes as you weave your way through the lush rainforest. It will also be best to opt for breathable fabrics as you will be working up a sweat during the hike.

2. Long Pants, Preferably Waterproof 

Like your arms, your legs will appreciate a layer of protection from the branches. Go for a waterproof material to keep you dry in this high humidity climate.

3. Quality Waterproof Hiking Boots 

Your feet will do most of the work, so ensure you're set up for success by packing high-quality waterproof hiking boots. Also, look for boots with adequate ankle support and try to walk in your boots before the trip if you're going to buy a new pair for the occasion.

Dense rainforest in Rwanda

The dense rainforest gorillas in Rwanda call home

4. Gaiters to Protect Boots 

Gaiters are like sleeves that help protect your hiking boots from dust and debris, as well as prevent it from going into your shoes during the hike.

5. Rain Jacket

You're going to the rainforest, so you better be prepared for some precipitation. A good rain jacket will help keep your layers dry so that you don't end up soaked and shivering. 

6. Thick Gardening Gloves

Gardening gloves? Yes, you read that right! Although you won't be pruning rose bushes, you will use your hands to go up and down steep forested hills, so it's better to protect your hands.

7. Sunscreen

Even when the sun hides behind clouds, you should never underestimate its strength. Therefore, it's essential to regularly apply a high-factor sunscreen.

8. Wide-Brimmed Hat

Keep cool and protected with a wide-brimmed hat that will shield your face, ears and neck from the sun.

A good hat is a must when considering what to pack for gorilla trekking

A hat is a must when considering what to pack for gorilla trekking

9. Sunglasses

Avoid squinting and protect your eyes from the bright sun with a good, comfortable pair of sunglasses that fits properly and won't slide off when you look down during your hike.

10. Insect Repellent

Keep the pesky bugs at bay by applying insect repellent before and during your gorilla trekking excursion. 

11. Camera and Extra Memory Cards

Gorilla trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one that only a few people on earth will ever get the opportunity to do. So, you want to ensure you capture every moment to relive it later! And, of course, to show your friends and family back home. However, just note that you will not be allowed to use flash photography when taking pictures of the gorillas.

12. Walking Stick

A walking stick is a must on your gorilla trekking adventure to help keep your balance and grip in the uneven, steep terrain. Most lodges provide their guests with walking sticks.

Walking stick on gorilla trekking adventure in Africa

Your walking stick will become a trusted companion during gorilla trekking

13. Backpack

You'll spend quite some time out there in the rainforest, so ensure you have a comfortable backpack to carry your water, snacks, sunscreen, sunblock, and any other items you wish to take along. Simply ask you Travel Expert if your lodge of choice also provides you with a backpack.

14. Other Logistics 

To go gorilla trekking, you first need to obtain a permit. This can cost anything from 700-1,500 USD, and all these funds go directly to safeguarding these endangered primates and their rainforest home. But don't worry, if you book your gorilla trekking adventure through a trusted travel agency like Rhino Africa, we'll take care of the admin for you. And as the World's Leading Safari Company, we can safely say we're the best in the biz!

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About the author 

Tania de Kock

Tania has always been an avid reader, which ultimately led to her life-long dream of becoming a best-selling author. She loves travelling, super spicy food, South African wine, and cats! When she's not reading with a glass of wine, you can find her at the nearest beach or camping, running or hiking in the mountains.

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