Trekking & Hiking; gorilla tracking can be a bit strenuous and being physically fit may be a pre-requisite to taking part in this activity. Under normal circumstances, a single trip takes between 2 to 7 hours and this depends on where the gorillas are on a particular day. Gorillas are wandering animals, each day they will move from place to place. In a day they move about 500m to 1 km. Of course, these movements are subjective to the existence of water and food. In drought or periods of fights between silverbacks, the gorillas may move even longer distances.
Vehicle Safari; for most other safari activities, however, there’s no gauge on the necessary physical condition since for the most part, you’re in a safari car.
In terms of clothing, most safari goers choose to wear light, easy clothing. However, comfort is the general rule, and anything goes; T-shirts, Jeans, Khaki name it. In most cases, however; eco-friendly & earth-tone colors are recommended hence the greys, greens, and creams.
For game viewing safaris, it is advisable to ‘layer up because it is usually cooler in the mornings and as the day goes by, the temperatures may rise. In this case, throwing off some clothes will boost comfort. The temperatures may drop in the evenings as well, therefore please take note.
Comfortable walking shoes or lightweight hiking boots are appropriate for all safaris however, for hiking activities like gorilla trekking (and the like), you need good and solid (mountain) shoes. Your feet and ankles need adequate support, while the soles need a good grip on the ground.
Trekking & Hiking; the chances of rain in a rainforest are ever-present. It may be a short shower or it may be a long-term downpour. Being prepared for any eventually is key since the odds of drenching your gadgets are high if you’re not prepared. Consider carrying a poncho instead of a rain jacket. It is very practical and easy to throw on in case it starts raining.
Gaiters & Gloves – To rise or descend, one may have to grasp branches, trunks, or rocks and in this case,e gloves may prove handy. Gaiters on the other hand are protecting the legs. Protection may be from safari ants, thorns, and other vegetation.
Mosquito repellent would also double as an insect repellent, simply because in a forest are numerous insects to count. A covering of insect repellent may go a long way.
Anti-malaria pills – Amore significant part of Africa is considered a malaria zone, Uganda Kenya and Rwanda being part of this. Therefore we encourage our guests to keep this in mind and take the necessary precaution.
Binoculars – almost all safari activities in Africa may require one to use binoculars. But these are not a must and besides, chances are your guide will have them and sharing is caring.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Uganda as a country has a lot to offer all year round. However, the best trekking, hiking, and walking safaris can be done in the dry months – June to September and also December to early February. Vehicle Safaris (game drives and transfers) on the other hand can be engaged in any season.