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Walking stick & porter – Must have’s for gorilla trekking

Porters and hiring stick for gorilla trekking

We have often talked about gorilla trekking packing list, what to wear and how to prepare for a successful gorilla trek experience. However, there are two essentials that every traveler MUST HAVE for exceptional gorilla encounters. They sound simple, but YES, without these, your gorilla trekking safari may be a ruin. Some clients look at them as optional but honestly; a walking stick and a porter are the two essentials that you must not leave behind on your gorilla trek. Whether it’s in Bwindi impenetrable forest, Mgahinga gorilla, Volcanoes or even Virunga national parks, endeavor to hire the duo if you want you to want to have a memorable experience. The following are the reasons why you should hire a porter and a walking stick for your gorilla trekking safari to Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo.

Why hire a porter for your gorilla trek?

Hiring a porter relieves your gorilla trekking session. A porter helps you carry the bags hence freeing you to concentrate on the endangered gorillas and walk freely with no difficulty.

Porters in Bwindi forest
Porters support clients in Bwindi Forest

Also, porters support you by holding your hand through the riskier parts of the forest. Forest grounds can at times get so muddy and slippery making it hard to pass through for someone not used to forest life. In the same way, porters help you pick anything from your bag at any time you want. Whether it’s a camera, drinking water or any snack, porter gets it for you. Hiring a porter is an indirect way of supporting local livelihoods. A porter is hired at only $20 for a full day and its surely worth the service. Pottering is a source of income for school fees, buy food, support their families and improve local people’s standards of living. Fortunately, Porters have been in these jungles and will help you walk through it. Even if the bag may not feel heavy at the start of the hike, it may turn out to be the heaviest after 5 hours of hiking up and down in search of the gorillas.

Why hire a walking stick for gorilla trekking

Why hire a walking stick
Walking Sticks for Gorilla Trekking

A walking stick eases your movements and makes you steady throughout the trek. In other words, a walking stick gives you balance through the slippery muddy forest grounds. Also, some areas of the jungle can get so steep, a walking stick gives you support. You can get a walking stick at the park headquarters at a small cost or ask for it from your gorilla lodge. Also, buying/hiring a walking stick supports local people who make them helping them to earn a living.

Other things to pack for gorilla trekking
Besides walking stick and porter, travelers to see mountain gorillas are advised to pack the following essentials.

Gorilla Trekking packing list
What to Wear for Gorilla Trekking

• Hiking boots for easy hiking
• Gardening gloves to protect from thorny bushes
• Rain jackets to deal with unpredictable forest weather
• Drinking water
• Energy giving snacks
• Pair of binoculars
• Hat and sunglasses
• Camera and extra batteries
• Poncho
• Insect repellent
• Long-sleeved shirt
• Long pants
• Safari stockings
• Pack of toiletries

What are the gorilla trekking rules and regulations?
Well, at the start of every gorilla trekking day, travelers are introduced to the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking. These include:
1. Do not trek when sick
2. Keep a distance of 7 meters away from gorillas
3. Do not use flashlight cameras
4. Touch tour mouth when coughing
5. Do not look directly into the eyes of the gorillas
6. Keep within your group
7. Speak with low tone

Where do gorillas live?
Mountain gorillas live in Bwindi forest National Park Uganda and the Virunga conservation area. Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo make up the Virunga massif. The world today has 1004 mountain gorillas surviving half of which dwelling in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

What about gorilla permit prices?
You must have a valid gorilla permit as a pass to see the endangered species. A gorilla permit in Uganda costs $600 for foreign non-residents, $500 for foreign residents and 250,000shs for East African residents. On the other hand, a Rwanda gorilla permit costs $1500 for all travelers while in Congo a permit costs $450. Gorilla permit booking is recommended as early as 6 months before the trekking date for timely planning.
Conclusively, a porter and walking stick will make your gorilla trekking experience memorable. Book a Uganda gorilla tour today, meet face to face with endangered gorillas in the jungle and enjoy this lifetime experience.

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