Even though many travellers plan their gorilla treks through different travel companies, you can be able to plan the trek individually. The mountain gorilla safaris also give a life time adventure no matter who makes the plan for preparing it yourself makes it more extra ordinary. Though so inspiring, the private planning for a gorilla safari can be frustrating since it needs continuous follow ups which is not the case with the tour companies. On the other hand, the tour companies make it so easy and planning through them is so expensive. These companies will add up their commissions, which also make the tour normally expensive for the budget travellers. This means to plan for the trekking tour yourself, the following tips are helpful.
Always inquire about the available permits/ book and pay the deposit in advance
Get to know whether there are available gorilla permits. The information about the availability of the permit can be accessed from the websites of any government body responsible for issuing out these permits. For the case of Uganda, UWA also provides the whole information and Rwanda Development Board also provides the permit information for Rwanda. After knowing the available permits, you can book through any of these bodies and then pay for the deposit money in advance. Booking should also be done 6 months before the trekking date. This is because the demand for these permits and for the purposes of the timely allocation of the gorilla families among the trekkers
Booking for the accommodation facility
Immediately after knowing which permits are available and the location of the gorilla families, you will then book for the hotel or the lodge. This should also be near the gorilla trekking starting point so that to ease the movement from the lodge to do gorilla trekking. You will select any of your choice as you find them online and book with any. Booking of these lodges need payment of the deposit for the reservation purposes. Though even after booking and payment of the deposit, you also need to keep in contact with these lodges for the updates and any changes.
Looking for the means of transport
Having booked the lodges and the permits, you will have to get the means of transport there are many car hire companies in Uganda with whom you can book with for the airport pick up as well as the transfers. You can also hire with any company for all the days you will be on a trip. Some lodges and the hotels also have the airport picks, you can also ask about this with the hotel/lodge you will book with. You can also use public means of transport, like the buses, Matatus, bodas and these can takes you to the next destinations.
What to pack
You can be prepared for the forest life. The mountain gorillas live in the forested areas with changing weather, slippery grounds and much under growth with the thorny bushes. You must also pack the hiking boots, long sleeved shirts, hats, panties, hand gloves and the rain coats. This will also help in the case of changing weather changes. Learn more about what to pack.
This is not compulsory but is also helpful. You can also choose to tip the guide and other service providers or nay other service provides especially in the lodges and hotels. Tipping is also a form of appreciation and the motivation for the service providers.