The Must-Haves for Gorilla Trekking – a Porter and a Walking Stick
Two Things that will free you on a Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trek, Hike, Climb – a Porter and Walking Stick
You cannot do without a Gorilla Trek or the Gorilla Habituation Experience. They are the Two Must-Haves for trekking the gentle giants in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, or on the sides of the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park are a Porter and a Walking Stick.
A Gorilla Trek is not a Sunday Stroll in the Park. The terrain can be tough to navigate for some, and most of us who are moderately fit need a bit of help from a Friend. The assistance from a walking stick and the porter’s added support made the Trek more manageable and doable.
The Two Must-Haves for Gorilla Trekking are a Porter and a Walking Stick. A Porter to carry your daypack and assist you on the sometimes slippery trails. Add a sturdy local walking stick to steady yourself during Gorilla Trekking,
The walking stick and the assistance of a porter will also help one of many hikes in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest or the Kyambura Gorge. Climbing one of the three volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Hitting the trails in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon or as you ascend Mount Morungole visiting the Ik People.
The Two Must-Haves for Gorilla Trekking are a Porter and a Walking Stick
Why you need a Porter for your Gorilla Trek
Why do you need to use the services of a porter? The answer is simple and practical. A porter’s service allows you to focus on the Trek, your surroundings, the birds, wildlife, other primates, and the gorillas themselves when you reach their location.
Your daypack may not feel heavy, but carrying it for hours through the underbrush of the rainforest will quickly change your mind.
Using a porter is not demeaning to the one offering the service (porters are independent and not part of the Uganda Wildlife Authority Staff). The reality is that it empowers them to make a living at an average salary that is better than what a mid-level government employee receives here. The porter can pay their children’s school fees, rent, buy food, and more.
A porter’s services cost around $20, which is a small price to pay considering the help and assistance. Using a porter makes your Trek more enjoyable, freeing you to move more comfortably through the often-thick vegetation. Your porter remains with you throughout the Trek and will assist you personally as you cross a creek or a stricter part of the trail.
Even if you are young and agile, use a porter and invest in the life of a Ugandan and their future. You can also concentrate on the Gorilla Trekking Experience instead of worrying about your load.
Why use a Walking Stick on a Gorilla Trek:
The answer is simple, use a walking stick that steadies you during gorilla trekking.
A walking stick gives you balance on, at times, challenging trails. Additionally, it provides an income to the person that made your walking stick.
There is the plain walking stick that most use. The walking stick is made of bamboo and is about five feet long. The more ornamental carved walking sticks will support you on the trail and make your gorilla trek an excellent souvenir or memento.
You can purchase a walking stick at the beginning of your Trek, obtain it free of charge from some lodges or buy an ornamental one at a souvenir shop. In any case, we suggest that you do not trek without it.
You can take your walking stick with you on the safari and use it for Chimpanzee Trekking or hikes and climbs while on a safari in Uganda.
You do not need to bring your hiking sticks from home. Support a local cottage industry in Uganda.
The Two Must-Haves for Gorilla Trekking are a Porter and a Walking StickCOVID-19, and a Protective Facial Mask.
Porter Services and Walking Sticks are included in all our Gorilla Safaris:
If you are on a Gorilla Trekking Safari with us Porter Services and walking sticks are included in the Safari. This reduces the hassles on the day gorilla trekking for our clients. In addition, we give our clients two liters of water. Three liters for the Gorilla Habituation Experience.
Furthermore, we provide facial masks for our clients. They are required when you are in the presence of a gorilla family to prevent infecting the gorilla with illnesses such as respiratory diseases.
We also suggest that you prepare for the gorilla trek prior to arriving in Uganda by getting into shape. A moderate level of fitness is required. Though accommodations can and will be made for you.
Read more about Gorilla Trekking on our Practical Guide page to Gorilla Trekking, you will be glad that you did.