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What to wear for a Gorilla Trekking activity

What do you wear for a Gorilla trek activity?

Gorilla Trekking today is perhaps East African most popular tourist activity and mainly practiced in countries like Uganda and Rwanda, but one of the biggest mistake people have made is to go Gorilla Trekking dressed in unappropriated manner like they wear shorts, sandals which are not the right wear gears for the activity. By the way a little description of where you do this activity from, like Bwindi impenetrable National Park(Uganda), its landscape is slightly different from that of the Mgahinga National Park and Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda though all located on higher elevations, so this makes them rainy, wet, humid and cold especially at night, still while trekking you are not hiking on comfortable tracks but there are no trails sometimes or very small trails found, thorn pricks, nettles or insect bites (flies, soldier ants),coldness, therefore this is where it necessitates you to have the right wear gears as being mentioned below:-

  •  Wear long sleeved blouse(ladies) & long sleeved shirts (men)/Trousers.

These can be in materials of either Khaki zip –up trousers or jeans and better off if you can get waterproof trousers. Now the long-ness of this blouse, shirt and trouser protects you from being pricked by thorns, anything that can scratch you, nettles or insect bites, the sun burning, tree branches, itchy plants, etc. And please do tack in your trousers to your hiking boots to avoid safari flies from entering you. Cotton garments are recommendable and my ladies please wear comfortable bras since the hike is tough.

  • Wear Water proof sturdy boots .

Wear light weight and water proof hiking boots to avoid sliding off when the trails become slippery especially when it does rain, the boots should be comfortable, wear in good & thick socks for you, rubber boots or gum boots. These good hiking boots will give you good stability, balance, traction & support to your ankles.

  • A Rain Jacket

Tourists are advised to carry wind proof and water proof rain jackets with hoods on them. This is so because Gorillas are trekked in rain forests, usually in morning hours, it might rain anytime it doesn’t matter whether dry season or not therefore rain jackets should come handy.

  • Sturdy Gardening Gloves

Remember when moving it can tend to be slippery so you are forced to touch or get hold on something in the forest just in case such happens, so there itching plants, trees or even climbing trees-you may be harmed but to avoid that wear gloves. Still these gloves will protect you from harm of germs and other items which could scratch you.

  • Hat and Sun Glasses.

All you need is a wide brimmed hat which will protect your heads and neck from rain or the sun. In case you didn’t leave home with one buy on the way from any local craft market trust me you will be glad that you wore your hat.

Sun glasses with ultraviolet rays’ filter are advisable to protect your eyes against ultraviolet rays. And just in case one set of glasses falls off please move with at least 2 sets.

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