What to pack for gorilla trekking safari

What to pack for a gorilla trekking in Rwanda


What to pack for gorilla trekking in Rwanda can sometimes be challenging. After paying for your gorilla trek safari, gorilla permits, transport, and accommodation. The next factor is to make sure that you have packed the right gorilla trekking gear for your gorilla safari. What we have advised below is for gorilla trekking but if your gorilla tour combined with other safaris tour types you might need more.

What to pack for a gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda

What to pack for gorilla trekking Rwanda - Packing List

Climbing boots

One of the most important items that should be included in your gorilla trekking gear is hiking boots. Gorilla Trek Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and Volcanoes National Park involves trekking/hiking in search for the endangered mountain gorillas. Because of the nature of the forest plus the altitude and terrain, you need lightweight hiking boots for this activity. Hiking boots are just as you decide on what to pack for your gorilla trekking adventure in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.

Garden Gloves

Wool gloves will be required to provide warmth and protect your hands from the bush scratches during your gorilla trek

As you move in this forest, remember that it can get slippery and somehow you need to hold on something just in case such happens. If you happen to touch some itching plants, trees or even climbing trees, you may be harmed. These gloves will, therefore, protect you from germs and other items that may scratch your hands. Consider including Garden Gloves in your gorilla trekking packing list.

Cameras and extra batteries

Photography is an important component of your safari and thus make sure that you have your camera ready, charge your batteries very well and if necessary, carry extra batteries as you will need to take as many photographs in the one hour you will have with the gorillas. Please make sure that you switch off your flash while taking gorilla photographs.

Rain Jacket

Make sure you include out a rain jacket or poncho in your gorilla trekking packing list as it is very critical in as far as gorilla trekking gear is concerned.  Volcanoes National Park is a tropical rain forest and as such, rain is received throughout the whole year. You will never tell when it is going to rain so you need a rain jacket in order to be protected from the rain. Many clients prefer traveling in drier months of June, July, August and the beginning of September and try to avoid rainy seasons of March, April, and May but being a tropical rain forest, it can rain any time. When deciding on what to pack for your gorilla trek in Volcano National Park, a Rain jacket or Poncho should be included.

Pair of Binoculars

Don’t forget that you are on safari and you want to have clear views of everything. Nyungwe National park is home to over 350 birds, chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys among other primates, forest elephants and buffaloes so during your trek in search for the rare mountain gorillas, you will have a chance to spot some of the above.

Hat and Sun Glasses

If it is hot, please carry a hat to protect you from the strong sun rays. You may also need to carry some sunglasses too. These are optional.

Suggested Gorilla Trekking Tours

10 Days best Rwanda Gorilla Tour

10 Days best of Rwanda safari holiday taking you to explore the land of a Thousand Hills. This tour takes you to visit the genocide memorial sites of Gisozi and Murambi, gorilla trekking, golden monkeys, wild chimpanzee tracking and so much more.

7 Days Epic Rwanda Experience Safari Experience

Your 7 Days Epic Rwanda Experience Safari Experience is one of our most magical and most like safaris as it gives a great encounter of the land of the thousand hills. The safari will give you a great chance to do a canopy walk and chimpanzee trekking at Nyungwe National Park, a boat ride and visit different islands in the Kivu Lake, gorilla trekking and experience of the Rwanda culture as you sum up your safari with us.