How to prepare for Gorilla Trekking in Africa
Adventures are never about perfection, but that should never leave us with room for an excuse when things totally go out of hand. In this life, we are often captives of our own expectations which are often not met. Besides that, there are also so many other things that come into play only marring the experience that would have been worth a lifetime of memories.
In this article, we attempt to share with you a few things that will help you prepare emotionally, psychologically and physically for your gorilla trekking safari anywhere in Africa. At this point, we assume, you have already chosen the country where you are going to go gorilla trekking; the national park where you are going to gorilla trekking, the lodges you will spend your night before and after gorilla trekking, and the date of gorilla trekking.
With all the above already in place, how do you prepare for gorilla trekking? Gorilla trekking can be a tiresome long day hiking activity, with a few of these tips; we believe you will have the best of your gorilla trekking safari in Africa.
If you are looking for how to plan for a gorilla safari without the above mentions necessities in place, we have an article that will help you a great deal right here. With that a side, below are some tips on preparing for your gorilla trekking. Whether you are looking to taking a Uganda safari or an adventure through Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, these tips are helpful in making your trip an unforgettable experience;
Relax: Empty yourself of Expectations
Every time you set out to a foreign land, you are likely to have so many expectations gathered through reviews of people who either had a good trip, or a very bad service experience, or political stories of more than 5 years or 10 years ago that you still might assume is the current state of the country.
All the information and reviews you gathered were only to help you make the decision on where to go and choosing the service providers. Now that you have all those already in place, progress to something more important, emptying yourself to receive everything that comes with open hands so that you do not miss out the best of your trip for any reason.
Focus on things that are in your power
Gorilla trekking is always a scheduled trip; therefore any changes in your itinerary might affect how the trip turns out. Waking late, car break down, food poisoning anything out of the ordinary might affect your trip.
For this reason you should not worry about the things that are out of your control but focus on those which are in your control. One is going to bed early enough so that you can wake up early enough. It can be a beat disgusting to have a wakeup call when you have just gone to bed.
If you are the kind that often gets food poisoning when you try out new meals, then carry your medication or avoid new meals. You can opt to stick to fruits and a few energy giving snacks till you are done with your gorilla trekking safari. It is a nasty experience to go gorilla trekking only to keep in need of the rules every after a few minutes.
Do Some Physical Exercise
It is true; you can go gorilla trekking even when you are amputated. However, most of the people who opt for gorilla trekking are those who can walk. So if you are the kind that is going to simply walk, then you will require having some level of physical fitness.
In regard to physical fitness, we encourage gorilla trekkers to prepare their body for gorilla trekking at least a week prior. You can do this by attempting 1 hour of jogging every day. This will help you not to be too exhausted after your gorilla trekking.
Please be aware that the different national parks where gorilla treks are done have different terrain. Most travelers who have gone gorilla trekking conclude that gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is more demanding than within Virunga Region. This therefore means that you need to make enough preparations before embarking on the trip to see the mountain gorillas!
Pack Your Safari Items Early Enough
There many things you might consider to carry for your gorilla trekking safari among which includes but not limited to:
• Waterproof hiking boots (any other boots can attempt the trek but not recommended)
• Long sleeved shirts or blouses (Sometimes shirt sleeves with a longsleeved jacket suffice)
• Sweater or Jacket (Highly recommended)
• Scarp (not a must)
• Insect repellents (preferably mosquito repellants)
• Energy giving snacks (Recommended)
• Energy giving drinks (Recommended)
• Long pants (Recommended but not a must; it your trip!)
• First aid kit (Highly recommended for cases of scratches)
• Gloves (Any gloves can work, some people do not carry them at all)
We recommend all these items to be packed early enough to avoid the stress of reaching your chosen destination only to realize that you have forgotten your favorite jacket at home and other items.
Carry Your Own Water Bottle
For purposes of environmental conservation, it is highly recommended to carry a non-disposal water bottle. You can carry one, or buy one upon arrival. You can get drinking water from your hotel of residence. It will be very important to keep hydrated during your gorilla safari.
With the above insights in perspective, we believe your trip will be a lifelong worth wilderness encounter.