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What to wear Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda.

Both Rwanda and Uganda are still fairly conservative countries. We thus recommend that you try to dress modestly and reveal less . Avoid very short clothing especially for ladies. Men tend to be able to get away with pretty much any type of clothing, as long as it is decent. The emphasis should be on you wearing what you think is comfortable for you to wear while on Safari. Ultimately, nobody will bother you. Ugandans and Rwandans tend to mind their own business. Uganda has altitudes and temperatures that vary from one part of the country to another. However if you are going gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda, altitudes are fairly high on both Volcanoes National Park and in Bwindi where the gorillas live. It does rain sporadically too any time of the day or night without warning. It could be sunny one minutes, but quickly followed by short showers the next. A rain jacket is thus essential , fleece and good sturdy walking shoes or boots.

The evenings and nights tend to get quite cold. Warm clothing is thus recommended. A light jumper , sweater or cardigan would usually be sufficient to keep you warm overnight. When tracking the gorillas and chimps, we recommend wearing long sleeved shirts and trousers to protect against stings and scratches from the stinging nettles in the mountain rain forest. A pair of gloves may also come in handy as well as a pair of gaiters. Walking sticks are available from the park headquarters to assist you with steep climbs and descents in the forest when searching for the gorillas. A waterproof backpack would be useful and would protect your cameras against the rain, as well as holding your packed lunch.

Try and wear relaxed clothing. Most mid-range and luxury hotels and lodges however provide a hand washing laundry service. There is no need to pack excessive clothing as the sun with dry most of your washing in no time!. Pack of plenty of khaki / natural coloured clothing for safaris and gorilla trekking.

Pairs of lightweight slacks/trousers that can dry quickly
Pair of shorts
Long-sleeved shirts
Short-sleeved t-shirts for the day
A waterproof and windproof jacket
Sweater, sweatshirt or fleece                                                                                                                  

Sturdy, waterproof walking boots for gorilla trekking
Pair of sandals 
Hat: Wide-brim or with a visor for sun protection
Underwear (moisture wicking for gorilla tracking)
Lightweight wool socks
Gloves: gardening or similar for gorilla trekking.
Sunglasses with neck strap
Insect repellent
Extra Batteries – Some safari Lodges have facilities for recharging batteries
Film, particularly fast film for the gorillas
Personal toiletries
Prescription medicines and possibly the prescription itself
Kleenex tissues
First Aid Kit including anti-diarrhea medicine, aspirin, cold medication, antiseptic cream, band-aids, lip balm etc.

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