What you need to know about Gorilla trekking / tracking
Gorilla trekking / tracking is an adventurous activity that has become popular in the recent years in both Uganda and Rwanda. For first timers into this adventure, it is very important that you understand the difference between trekking and tracking so that you can choose a group that will best meet your expectations. Gorilla Trekking involves walking for long distances with hikes involved while tracking is a short walk and does not involve hiking. According to these terms, Gorilla groups are divided according to easy, moderate and hard;
The easy group : is one where you will typically track Gorillas. It takes a very short time to get to where the Gorillas are to view and observe them.
Moderate group : (in-between tracking and trekking) has the Gorillas relatively further into the forest and therefore you will walk a bit more than the easy group and you may even have a few minor hikes before you get to the Gorillas.
Hard group : is one for the typical trekkers that will involve walking a long ways into the forest with a lot of hikes before they get to where the Gorillas.
Note: Regardless of the group you track, you will be given one hour with the Gorillas to observe them and take plenty of pictures.
So, with all that in mind, it is very important you let us know what your preference is i.e. Whether it’s trekking or tracking so that your tour guide knows beforehand which group will be suitable in meeting your expectations.
What to bring for Gorilla trekking / tracking.
- An excellent camera is a must so you can capture your memories with the Mountain Gorillas.
- Long trousers and long sleeved shirts preferably dark colors like army green, grey, brown, beige forest green or black because these are considered more appropriate while with these beautiful creatures.
- Hiking boots and long socks to pull over your trousers; this is very essential for trekkers, it helps prevent safari ants from ruining your adventure by crawling up your legs.
- Gloves, not typically essential but can be helpful for some when holding the walking stick.
- Rain jacket, water proof camera bag are very essential as this is a rain forest and it is prone to rain even when you least expect it.
- Insect repellent and sunscreen are essential.
Last but not least, come with your adventure hat ready for an awesome trip because in the African jungle, you can be guaranteed of lots of good surprises.