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What to Wear for your Gorilla trek in Rwanda

Trekking gorillas in their natural habitat means hiking through thick jungle; thus, you should wear long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt. Bring shoes or boots that can handle mud, as well as a waterproof jacket. You should also pack water and a snack with you, since you might be hiking for several hours. Your guide can lend you a walking stick for the hike if needed, and if you would like to, you can hire a porter to carry your small belongings to keep your hands free from the starting point.

Equipment for the Gorilla trek

We recommend that you bring a camera that works in low lighting; flash is not allowed when around the gorillas. Consider bringing a cover for your camera, as it may rain at any time of the day or of the year.

The Mountain Gorilla Families in Volcanoes National Park

Groups, or families, of gorillas tend to climb much higher on the slopes during the dry season than during the rainy season. There are ten families currently residing in the park, ranging in size from 11 to 28 members, 1 to 4 silverbacks, and up to 12 infants.

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