Congo is a home to the critically rare endangered mountain gorillas and eastern lowland gorillas inhabited in its Virunga national park and Kahuzi-Biega national park respectively. Gorilla trekking is such a great experience which everyone must get while visiting Africa. Mountain gorillas are very rare to be seen world-wide and can only be spotted in Congo, Rwanda and then in Uganda.
For the gorilla lovers going for gorilla trekking in Congo will have a great opportunity to experience the amazing behaviors of both mountain gorillas and eastern lowland gorillas unlike the gorilla safaris in other countries where trekkers will only experience either mountain gorillas or lowland gorillas. Trekking to the thick jungles of Africa to see gorillas requires trekkers to be totally prepared. While planning your trek, make sure you focus on the items that matter to your adventure. For your gorilla trekking adventure in Congo, below are some of the important equipments you must include in your packing list:
Congo gorilla trekking permit;
This should actually be the most vital thing that you should not forget when you are going for any gorilla safari. This gorilla permit can best be got through you contacting one of the local best tour agencies like Eco Tours Congo and Congo Parks. The agency will book your gorilla trekking permit and it will be given to you on your arrival after clearing all the fees for the whole trip. You will then be required to present your permit at the park headquarters before you proceed for an early morning briefing. You will only pay US$ 400 to the agency for purchasing your gorilla permit, which is such an unbeatable fee for the gorilla trekking permits of other gorilla trekking countries.
Light hiking boots;
The trekking of gorillas (Mountain gorillas) includes hiking through thick vegetation and steep slopes of which all these need some grip while tracking for the gorillas in the forest. The terrain can be somehow challenging for you to navigate through as it comes with vines, slippery rocks, mud and many others which require you to have good hiking boots that are water proof and light weight rather than saddles or ordinary shoes for office work.
Good cameras and extra-charged batteries;
Gorilla lovers are emphasized not to forget to carry good cameras plus some extra batteries while going for any gorilla safari because there are many impressive and interesting things that you will see on gorillas that will really need to be photographed for a remembrance. It will really look awkward in the jungle viewing the gorillas to see the rest of your fellow trekkers taking as many photos as possible minus you taking one for the reason of not including a camera on your packing list. Hence for a more memorable gorilla safari, trekkers are always advised to include good cameras and extra batteries which will replace the used ones. The one hour that you will spend with the gorillas you will get an experience of a lifetime and you will take as many photos as you can for good memories when you return back home. In conclusion, your camera should have no flashlight and if it has, you are advised to turn it off while taking photographs of the mountain gorillas because the flashlight is most likely to scare the primates thus hiding away.
A pair of binoculars;
Virunga national park is a home to many other attractive creatures such as unique bird species like turacos which you will view using the binoculars as you are viewing the rare endangered mountain gorillas. Therefore a pair of binoculars should not miss on your packing list because you will be able to view many other impressive things in the park which are in a distance with the aid of binoculars. The other things you can see in the park include; elephants, buffaloes, various bird species, lions, and spectacular views of Mount Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira. All these will make up part of your experience while in the forest.
Other things that you should not forget on your packing list as you are going for gorilla safaris include; passport, long sleeved shirts, jackets, sweaters, rain jacket, and gardening groves plus local currency, bottle of water and snacks, sun glasses, hat, first aid kit, and a walking stick though this can be given out from the park headquarters.