What to wear while Chimpanzee Trekking

Posted by on July 20, 2017

Protecting yourself Chimpanzee Trekking or on a Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

What to wear while Chimpanzee Trekking or on Habituation Chimpanzee Experience in Uganda or Rwanda


What to wear while Chimpanzee Trekking  or Habituation Chimpanzee Experience?  If you are going onWhat to wear while Chimpanzee Trekking a  Chimpanzee Trek or an all-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience it is essential that you wear the right clothing and bring the right things for your comfort.

What to wear while Chimpanzee Trekking?  Chimpanzee Treks, Chimpanzee Habituation Experience take place in tropical rainforests such as Kibale Forest, Kalinzu Forest, Semiliki, Budongo Forest in the Kyambura Gorge Uganda and in Nyungwe Afro-Montane Forest in Rwanda.

It may seem that one should wear clothing befitting the Tropics and not what is suggested by us.

When going on a Chimpanzee take a look at what rangers, guides are wearing .  There are no shorts, no T-shirts, no sneakers.  It is all about protecting themselves while in the forest with long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, boots, in their case Wellies – rubber boots, hat.

Wearing the right clothes while Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda or Rwanda will put the emphasis on your Chimpanzee Trek and not any discomfort you may have to endure if you are not wearing the right clothing.


Things to Bring and What to wear on a Chimpanzee Trek or Habituation Chimpanzee Experience in Uganda or Rwanda


day-packYou will need a waterproof Daypack:

Chimpanzee Trekking takes place  in tropical forests such as Kibale Forest.  It is best to protect your camera equipment, have a place for bottled water, 1 liter for a normal Chimpanzee Trek – 3 liters for an all-day chimpanzee habituation experience.

For the all-day Chimpanzee habituation you will need a packed lunch, snacks like dried fruit com that you can buy in local supermarkets, granola bars.

Daypacks are must have for Chimpanzee Treks.  Chimpanzee Trekking is easier than  a gorilla trek, a Chimpanzee Trek is shorter, except the all-day habituation experience, but a daypack is still best to have along.


Water-Proof-Hiking-Boots-for-Gorilla-trekWhat kind of Shoes should I Wear:

Visitors to Uganda make the mistake of  wearing sandals, flip-flops, sneakers, shoes that are not sturdy for a Chimpanzee Trek that is over 3 hours long.

Hiking Boots that are waterproof, or sturdy shoes are the best choice for any hiking, trekking, climbing in Uganda.

Wellies – Gum-Boots: Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers wear Wellies – or Gum-Boots that have treads on them.  Cover your lower legs, easy to clean and even visitors have started to use them.

The reason for waterproof boots is that chimpanzee treks take place in rainforests where it can rain anytime, normally short showers, not just during the rainy seasons.


wear-comfortable-clothingWhat to wear while Chimpanzee Trekking or all-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience:

The emphasis is on comfortable and protective clothing from undergarments to trousers.

Forget what other people may wear, they will be swatting flies, mosquitoes away from their skin, get scratched by branches, stung by nettles, pricked by thorns, while you dressed right for Chimpanzee Trekking will be just fine.

Trekking of what other primate it may be is done in the wild.  In some cases new paths are made through the forest through slashing with a machete.  This is the wild, this is where the West African Jungle meets East Africa and yet people dress for an afternoon in the Bronx Zoo.  For your well-being dress right – protect yourself.


Wear Insect Repellent for Chimpanzee Trekking or Habituation:

You are in the Tropics, the Heart of Africa – Uganda – Rwanda. Insects abound and you do not have to worry about you finding them, they will find you.

It is time to protect yourself Chimpanzee Trekking or an all-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Trek.

There are all kinds of insect repellents, many of our clients come with what seems the best, especially in test after test, RID – made in Australia since 1956.  If you live in the USA you can buy it online .

Why do we recommend an insect repellent – it actually works.


use-a-porterWalking Sticks – Porters:

For Gorilla Treks most visitors get a walking stick to steady themselves on treks.  Those same sticks that can be purchased, some of them are carved will steady you on a Chimpanzee Trek or Hike in Uganda.

Porters are available in many cases and if you have a lot of things such as photographic equipment in your daypack, they will ease your time on a hike and or trek.

Hiring a porter is not a demeaning thing for them, but a form of empowerment where they make a good living allowing them to support their families.

After you are dressed spray yourself with an insect repellent with a heavy deet content.  The best all-around insect repellent is the Australian product called “RID” which is the only one that protects against mosquitoes and tsetse flies, the latter found in savanna parks.  RID can be ordered from the Australian manufacturer.

Binoculars come in handy in this park for birds and primates.  The daypack comes in handy on a chimpanzee trek especially if it is an all-day chimpanzee habituation experience since you need a lunch snacks and bottled water.


What to wear on a Chimpanzee Trek or Habituation Chimpanzee Experience in Uganda or Rwanda- If you have questions – contact us.