Expectant Mothers Can actually Track Gorillas

Gorilla trekking is undoubtedly the most thrilling wild life experience in Africa giving you a very close encounter with the forest giant and the closest relatives of human beings. This great adventure can be done in bwindi impenetrable forest of Uganda and the Virunga mountains that includes the Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla National park in Uganda and Virunga national Park in the DR. Congo.
Gorilla Tracking is a rather tiresome activity that needs some level of fitness as it involves hiking through the steep hills following the gorilla family being tracked and for many hours. This may seem like very difficult for expectant mothers as they may not have the energy to trek for many hours to find a gorilla family in the forest. However, this is not true that pregnant women are unable to visit Gorillas because there are special arrangements for such kind of people and the elderly.
During briefing in the morning as visitors are allocated gorilla families to track, special consideration is given to the expectant mothers, age and physical abilities of the visitors. Mountain Gorillas live high in the forest but some gorilla families are sometimes a little closer to the park headquarters that others and these are good to track by the expectant mothers.
Seat stretchers are available (at an extra Cost) for those who are un able to move and can be carried to the location where the gorilla family will be for an experience with them. Porters are also available at the park to help you carry your luggage like the water and snacks and shoes and clothes in your bag for about $10.
You will need to inform your travel agent (Shoebill Safaris ltd) to help you make adequate preparations during the booking period.
Bright colors are not good as you go into the jungle but neutral colors like brown and green are good especially as you track the Gorillas. The brighter colors can be put on at the time for dinner or community walks. Some of the things to carry and what to wear are shared in this little article below,

Long sleeved tops or Shirts

To help with protection from the insect and itchy vegetation.

Long trousers

Jeans are mostly recommended for safety and protection from the harsh vegetation.
Short trousers
These are mostly won at the lodge and during day time when is the sun is much not for Gorilla tracking.
Under wear
It’s advisable to carry enough underwear depending on how long your trip will be just to keep your hygiene perfect.

Rain Jacket

rain is unpredictable since Gorillas live in the rain forests and it could rain anytime, the Rain jacket will save you in that time when there’s a heavy down pour.

Light sweater

Weather may be cold in the morning and evening hours in the Jungle and your light sweater will help.

Woolen Stockings

These should be of cotton type or wool to help hold your trousers and offer protection to the feet.


This is used to protect you head and neck from direct sun light during Gorilla tracking.

What to pack for a Gorilla Trekking Safari?

Some of the Items to pack for Gorilla Tracking tour in Africa include the following;

Citronella soap

, it acts as soap and an insect repellent.
Insect repellent, it is important to protect your skin from dangerous insects especially mosquitoes that could cause you Malaria. Find a repellant that can be applied on with clothes.

Hand Wipes

, these are helpful in moments where you can’t access water since you will be on a journey.

Sun glasses

, these help to cover your eyes from the direct sun.


, these can be packed depending on your sexes as tourists.

Swimming suits

These will work for clients who might be interested in swimming in our beautiful lakes and those staying in upmarket lodges and hotels with swimming pools.


. Endeavor to carry a camera for great memories taking picks for your safari highlights.

Extra Batteries

, Carry a complete set of rechargeable batteries and their charger.


, A pair of binoculars will help you with a closer view of birds and other animals that may be far off.

Flash Light

. To help you take photos even in the dark like during night game drives.



An African safari would best be enjoyed by hiring local guide to take you through the magical adventure of the pearl of Africa driving through the country side of this landlocked country.
Quick Planning;
Planning you trip with a local tour guide is the safest way for any traveler because of the unmatched expertise in the time taken to reach different destinations and the wider Knowledge of the country. Your only role as a traveler is to sit and relax after describing to the local guide the kind of trip you would like to have. The guide will easily craft an itinerary for you mainly basing on your budget and choice of tour activities.

Save Time & Money
A local guide knows every corner of the country and can easily make suggestions about the best route to take, most affordable accommodation so you don’t have to worry wasting time wondering around trying to see which hotels/lodges to book. In addition to this, your guide is your time keeper and will always remind you on what next and will make sure that you’re in the different destinations in time. You do not have to worry much on which activity is next because your local guide is at your service to always remind you even when you know.

Firsthand Information;
Internet has made information more accessible to everyone from their living rooms and you could have read about several destinations but a local guide has lived in these areas and has the most accurate information that you may need to know. The deep knowledge of the local about culture, people, wildlife, landscapes and water bodies will leave you amazed at the deep details that could have been left out on internet.

Poor roads;
Like any developing country, Uganda has poor roads that are almost impassable especially in the country side where most tour attractions are found. This would be an experience on its own especially as you drive yourself there but when you’re stuck in the middle of a forest it’s such an ugly scene for your trip. With a local guide you will not have to worry about all this as they are used to these muddy roads especially in the rainy season.

Another big reason for the need of a local safari guide is the comfort that comes with the sense of leaving all the steering for these long distances. You will need to rest from the long hours of your flight for you to be able to catch up with your different tour activities with no fatigue. Just sit back and relax and let your personal driver take you to where you want to go giving you an opportunity to chat, work, enjoy the scenery or simply take a nap.

Your guide is your personal body guard on safari, there’s no peace you can find like being in hands of someone who understands the places you’re visiting. You do not have to worry about being cheated, or your property being taken thieves. You have someone to worry about that just like you would do.
There are more reasons for a local guide for an African safari especially in Uganda and you can always contact us for more details and for all your bookings with Shoebill Safaris in Uganda.
Conclusion: Our guides at shoebill safaris are very professional and are ready to make your trip more fun and fulfilling to suit all your travel needs and expectations.