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What to pack for a Budget Gorilla trekking Safari Tour

  • Water: Gorilla trekking can be very tiresome and you need to refill your tank as the trek goes on. It is advisable to park a few water filtration tablets before you come for the trek.
  • Boots: You will need good waterproof comfortable shoes. Some times it rains during the trek, so skid proof shoes can come in handy.
  • Rain Jacket: You are advised to carry rain jacket because if rains very often in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
  • Snack: You can carry a light snack to give you some energy during the walk in the forest
  • Trouser and Shirts Bwindi forest is covered with thick undergrowth, therefore light trousers and long sleeved shirts are advised.
  • Socks: You will have to tuck in the trousers into the socks to avoid insects crawling inside.
  • Gloves: You will need Gardening gloves because you will be grabbing tree branches, leaves, name it, and some can be thorny.
  • Camera: Carry a good camera (no flash ) to capture this lifetime experience

Where to track mountain Gorillas

Mountain Gorillas are a native of the Virunga conservation area. This area covers Rwanda, Uganda and Dr Congo. In Uganda, Gorilla trekking is done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla park.

Bwindi is a home to about half of the mountain gorillas and it has 12 gorilla groups that can be visted for 1hour and 2 groups for gorilla habituation(spend the whole day with the gorillas) while Mgahinga gorilla park has only one Gorilla group.

In Rwanda, gorilla tracking is experienced at Volcanoes National park.Rwanda has 10 Habituated gorilla groups which can be visted on daily basis.

Both in Uganda and Rwanda, a maximum of 8 people is allowed to visit the gorillas in their habitat.

Best time to go for Gorilla trekking

In Uganda, gorilla trekking can be done all year through, however, the best time to go to Bwindi and Mgahinga is dependent on the 2 rainy seasons. The rainy seasons are, March to May and October to November.

Therefore it is advised to go gorilla trekking in the remaining months with the peak seasons being June-September and December-February.

Gorilla permits in these months are hard to get and they get finished months before the trekking day. Therefore it is advised to book these permits 3 months before the trekking day.
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About Our F&M Adventure Safaris

F&M Adventure Safaris is a Ugandan travel and safari company specializing in Gorilla trekking tours and wildlife expeditions in Uganda and Rwanda.


With our experience and expertise in Guiding, Planning and execution of Safaris, we are very confident of providing you a worthwhile and unforgettable East African Wildlife Adventure in the “Pearl of Africa and the Land of a thousand hills”.

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