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What Should i Wear for a Gorillla Trek?

Details on what park to pack for gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda

When travelling to foreign destinations it is always respectful to dress modestly and we suggest the emphasis is on comfortable clothing. It is often warm on the plains and at lower altitudes but cold in the hilly and mountainous areas of Uganda and Rwanda; a rain jacket, fleece and good quality walking shoes/boots are essential.

When tracking the gorillas and chimpanzees we recommended wearing sturdy clothing to help protect against scratches, i.e. long sleeve shirt, trousers and a good pair of lightweight walking boots. Protective leather gloves or gardening gloves are also useful, as well as a pair of gaiters.
As the temperature is variable and weather conditions can change; we also recommend taking a fleece or light jumper (layers of clothing are best especially with moisture wicking undergarments) and lightweight breathable waterproof jacket/trousers or poncho. A small backpack is useful to carry your water, pack lunch, camera and binoculars. Walking sticks are available at the park head quarters as are porters (it is worth taking a porter as it provides local people with employment and they will give you a helping hand on any steep terrain).

Whilst on safari neutral coloured, loose fitting and relaxed clothing is the most appropriate. Most hotels and lodges have laundry services, so an excessive amount of clothing should be unnecessary. Please note that most hotels and lodges hand wash clothing.
  • Khaki / natural coloured clothing for safaris / trekking
        1 – 2 pairs of light weight trousers / slacks – that can dry quickly if wearing on treks
        1 Pair of shorts
        1 – 2 long sleeved shirts – preferably quick drying
        2 – 3 short sleeved shirts – preferably moisture wicking
  • Casual clothes for evenings
    1 – 2 pairs of light weight trousers / slacks
    1 – 3 sports / long sleeved shirts and / or blouse
    1 dress / skirt for ladies
  • 1 Lightweight waterproof / windproof / breathable jacket, e.g. Gortex / Event type fabrics
  • 1 Fleece, sweater or sweatshirt
  • Sturdy / lightweight waterproof walking boots – trousers / pants should be tucked into socks and boots wile trekking (heavy soled rain boots or gaiters also work well)
  • 1 Pair of shoes for evening wear
  • 1 Pair of sports sandals will be useful, e.g. TEVA
  • Swimsuit (and a plastic bag for packing in)
  • Towel – many lodges provide these, but if needed we suggest taking trek towels. These are lightweight, pack to a small size and dry quickly. Best to get a large or extra large.
  • Bush hat with a brim for sun protection
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight wool socks
  • Gloves – gardening or similar (for gorilla tracking only)
  • Gaiters
  • Sunscreen and moisturising cream
  • Sunglasses with neck strap
  • Insect repellent with DEET, please note that DEET can effect man-made fibres and plastics.
  • Daypack / small rucksack
  • Binoculars
  • Alarm clock – though our staff will wake you
  • Ear plugs
  • Spare / extra batteries
  • Camera and extra lenses
  • Camera charger / converter / adapter for 220 / 240 AC voltage, plus cigarette lighter adapter is useful
  • Film – particularly fast film for the primates (400 – 1600ASA)
  • Personal toiletries /Prescription medicines and the prescription itself
  • Wet-wipes / tissues
  • Back-up glasses especially if you wear contact lenses
  • Wash cloth and plastic bag (if needed)
  • Ziplocs / dry bags and other plastic bags for keeping valuables dry or storing wet clothes
  • Torch / flashlight – LED models are light weight and have a good battery life
  • Sewing kit (needle, thread, safety pins)
  • Small notebook
  • First Aid Kit – including anti-diarrhoea medicine, rehydration sachets, aspirin, cold medication, antiseptic cream, band-aids (plasters), motion sickness pills, lip balm, eye drops and personal medication
  • Photocopies of your passport, visas, credit cards and airline tickets (it is advisable to have 2 sets to keep in separate places)


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