The issue of the dress code of the mountain gorilla trekking encounter is very critical to most of the travelers that undertake gorilla safaris in Uganda. Tracking mountain gorillas is done in the forested habitats of Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park all in the south west and thus getting out of the usual life in cities to head to the jungle for the gorilla adventure one is right to question the nature of dressing.
The challenging hilly landscapes where these gorillas are found cannot be missed while on your Uganda gorilla safaris and tours.
Thus, putting on your sturdy shoes that are fit for walking, light to
carry and firm on ground is one of the best avenues to neutralize the
terrain. The dense jungle with thick undergrowth at times contains
thorny bushes which would definitely pierce your skin with their
nettles. This thus, makes the thick trousers and long sleeved tops
suitable for the excursion as you wouldn’t wish to leave your skin in
The issue of color does not matter a lot as the mountain gorillas
are well habituated and thus used to people. This means that whether
you put on muted colors or bright ones, they would still get along with
no problem. However, you would wish to save their eyes from the shouting
colors that are opposite of their habitats. The matching color would be
more ideal not to stress their eyes and think bad of your visit while
on a gorilla safari in Uganda.
One needs to know that whatever the cloth, once he or she sets out to
track gorillas the cloth has to get dirty. The slippery surfaces would
see you feel the mud and your cloth would feel it too and a mark would
be sustained also. Thus, do not mind about cleanliness when you are to
embark on the gorilla trekking encounter. If you have in possession of
pre muddied shoes, you can use them as well for the trekking experience.
Additionally, the gardening gloves prove relevant. You would wish to
get some support from the nearby tree branch while trying to negotiate
with slippery muddy surfaces which puts you at high chances of grabbing
thorny vegetation. In fact, many have opted for walking sticks to
generate support as it is always encountered on Uganda gorilla safari tours.
In destinations like Bwindi where it can rain in any time of the day,
it makes sense to carry along a waterproof bag of any given type. This
is more ideal in the rainy seasons while the tropical sun can require
you to carry a hat and sunglasses at any time of the year.
You would also wish to think of your stomach. The duration for gorilla trekking
is unpredictable and can stretch up to 8 hours and this would actually
be strenuous if you trekked challenging gorilla groups like Nkuringo.
This means that you carry a packed lunch with you not to inconvenience
other trekkers when you cannot push further because of empty stomach.
The challenging landscapes presents an exercise of its own and
definitely sweating may not be missed. This shows that drinking water is
vital to avoid dehydration.
Also in the rainy seasons, the gorilla trekkers
might want to safeguard their cameras. Thus, a water proof bag is
recommended. Binoculars may not make more sense with gorilla viewing but
if you wish to explore some birds en route, then you can carry it along
Now, in situations where you need to carry much of these
equipment including the gear and water, it is advisable to get a porter
who is available locally at the starting point. This eases you weight
and allows you to negotiate the challenging slopes with ease compared to
if you had weight on you. This is a recommended dress code for the
trekkers planning to undertake gorilla trekking safaris to Uganda.
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