What should I pack for a safari trip to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Below is the list of items that you should pack while on safari to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda

What should I pack for a safari trip to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda?

What should I pack for a safari trip to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda? Visitors to Volcanoes National Park always ask for the items that they should pack when going for a safari in Volcanoes National Park. This question has become prominent because Volcanoes National Park harbors half of the population of mountain gorillas found in Virunga Massif which is composed of Uganda Mgahinga gorilla National park and Congos Virunga National park. A safari trip to Volcanoes National Park means a lot to visitors when it comes to planning, the safari up to the actual date when you participate in safari activities at the destination.

Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda offers a lot of activities other than just mountain gorilla trekking safaris which can be carried out for your astounding safaris.  Other activities that can be conducted in Volcanoes National park include bird watching safaris where you will meet several bird species such as moorland chat, blue flycatcher, black kite, the Rwenzori turaco among others. Golden monkey tracking safaris, hiking the grave of Dian Fossey and mountains of Virunga, as well as exploring the culture of local people especially at Ibyiwacu village where you can mingle into various economic activities of local people including gardening, cultural dance, and drama, and also have a taste on local foods and drinks prepared locally by the people of Rwanda.

To participate in the above-mentioned tourist activities in Volcanoes National park in Rwanda you need to prepare accordingly and pack the desired items that will help you meet your expectations and here below is the list of items that you should pack while on safari to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda;

Well-made comfortable hiking shoes: Most of the activities in Volcanoes National park involve hiking in forested areas in search of endangered mountain gorillas or rare golden monkeys, you can also hike the Virunga Mountains. This means that visitors will need comfortable hiking shoes that won’t disturb you during hiking. Hiking mountains such as Sabinyo and Karisimbi is very strenuous because of the steep that tends to be slippery and therefore having comfortable hiking shoes will enable you to navigate through the mountains to the peak in the shortest period possible, hiking shoes can as well prevent you from being pierced by thorns and being hit by stones you may encounter on trails though this is not common.

Insect repellent: The fact volcanoes national park harbors different wildlife species, we cannot rule out that some of the wildlife especially insects inhabiting the forests might be disease-causing insects which might infect you the visitor when taken for granted. The forests and conditions of Volcanoes National park favor the breeding cycles for mosquitoes which are many and can bite you and cause you malaria sickness and thus we recommend that the visitor or tourist carry the insect repellant to avoid such insects that might at the end exploit your travel experience.

Bird watching equipment such as binoculars and cameras: Volcanoes National Park is also one of the best birding destinations in Rwanda with over 370 species of bird species which you can see while participating in bird-watching safaris.  Birding safaris in Volcanoes national park is most amazing and rewarding with the potential of seeing more than 90 specifies of birds per day. However, you will need a camera and binocular to enable you to see the distant birds and also take pictures of your favorite bird species. The common bird species in Volcanoes National Park include Rwenzori turaco, African Ruwenzori,   Ruwenzori nightjar, red-faced woodland, Handsome Francolin, Grey-throated tit red-faced woodland warbler among other different bird species.

You need also to pack painkillers: With a lot of challenging activities taking place in Volcanoes National park such as hiking the mountains of Virungas and gorilla trekking safaris itself, there is a possibility that you may get exhausted and get some muscular pain and joint pain stretch. By carrying pain killers you will be able to treat these pains individually and the safari continues without necessarily sitting back and wait for your recovery.

Best hiking attire: With hiking being common in volcanoes national park, visitors, particularly for hiking, should pack the right clothing for hiking such as long-sleeved shirts and trousers, hiking gumboots, gloves, and waterproof bags and coats. Such a pack will prevent you from piecing bushes, landing in muddy waters, and prevent you from biting insects and ants. Weather in Volcanoes national park is hard to predict and anytime it can rain and thus you must be well equipped with raincoats just in case to avoid inconveniences during your safari tours in Volcanoes National park.

Packing of lunch/snacks: It is important to acknowledge that while participating in gorilla trekking safaris, golden monkey tracking safaris, and mountain hiking safaris in Volcanoes National Park you pack your lunch or any other snacks on your back. Such safaris in Volcanoes National park take a long time and they may last for about 7 to 9 hours. Without lunch, you can feel hungry because of the physical demanding of the activities involved. Have the best moments and experience in Volcanoes National Park by packing such items.

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