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Tuesday
Feb182014

What to Pack for a Gorilla Tracking Safari

Packing for a Gorilla Tracking Safari

Gorilla tracking is arguably the most memorable experience you will ever have on an African safari, and knowing what to pack for gorilla tracking will certainly help you enjoy the activity even more!  Whether gorilla tracking in Rwanda, gorilla tracking in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or gorilla tracking in Uganda—the best places in Africa to do so—you will never forget the pure entertainment of hanging out with gentle packs of mountain gorillas as they frolic, play, nap, and break bread over giant stalks of bamboo: just like your very own family!  (Though we do hope you feed your family more than bamboo).   Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo all feature mountainous rainforest terrain and—in some places—extinct volcanoes, and all are excellent natural habitats in which gorillas thrive.   But there are only around 800 mountain gorillas left in the world, so seeing them in the wild is not something most travelers will ever have the chance to do.  You want to make sure you don’t miss a thing for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and Epic Road has come up with the following list so you will be fully prepared to join in the fun on your Gorilla tracking safari.

WHAT TO PACK FOR GORILLA TRACKING:

  • A small, lightweight day backpack
  • Light, water resistant hiking boots, with ankle support
  • Walking socks
  • Canvas or leather gloves (to protect your hands from ‘spiky’ vegetation)
  • Water resistant trousers/pants
  • Water resistant jacket or poncho, with hood (or water resistant hat)
  • Lightweight, quick-dry hiking trousers
  • Long-sleeved shirt (to protect arms)
  • A down/fleece vest or safari jacket
  • Water bottle or canteen (a packed lunch will be provided by your Lodge)
  • A camera or video-camera with high-speed settings (or ISO 800 speed film minimum—no flash photography is allowed)
  • Sunscreen & after-sun care
  • Insect repellent (30% DEET or more)

Still have more questions about how to plan for your gorilla tracking African safari?  Email Epic Road and learn how we can help! 

Monday
Jul152013

Luxury Safaris for Everyone

'Luxury safari' conjures a different image for every traveler. Across Africa, top end lodges and luxury safari operators offer a wide range of luxury safaris across a spectrum of access, landscape, dining, guiding and lodging. A luxury safari in Botswana or South Africa will invariably be a different experience to a luxury safari in Tanzania and Kenya. The former focuses on water and oasis activity, whereas the latter focuses on the wide, open plains of the Serengeti and the Great Migration.

South African Luxury Safaris:

South Africa is perhaps Africa’s most family-friendly place to experience safari. The proximity of Cape Town makes a mixed trip of wild beauty and cultural experience an easy option—and reduces necessary medical precautions and lightens packing. You won’t sacrifice the ‘wild’ in wilderness though—South Africa’s safari parks are some of the best places in Africa to spot the “big five.”

Zambian and Zimbabwean Luxury Safaris:

Zambia and Zimbabwe are known for thrilling safari at more modest price points, which focus on guided walking safaris. In many ways, Zambia and Zimbabwe, in the South Eastern heart of Africa, are the undiscovered gem of the country.  Zambia boasts one of the largest swaths of land under national park protection. And the crown gem of the two nations is the majestic, thundering Victoria Falls—unlike anywhere else on earth.

Tanzania and Kenya Luxury Safaris:

Perhaps the image often associated with safari is the open plains, covered by grazing animals, low trees, swaying grasses, and the canny predators they hide. This is the Serengeti. The vast Mara-Serengeti ecosystem is the stuff of movies, books and dreams—think Earnest Hemingway game hunting. The wide plains are home to wildebeest, lions, zebra, cheetahs, giraffe, elephants, antelope, and more, best seen by jeep or four-wheeler, arranged by one of the spectacular luxury lodges in the area.

Rwanda luxury safaris:

Rwanda is the lush, green, misty heart of Africa. The most spectacular safaris are the ones that bring us eye to eye with the continents gorillas—one of our closest relatives—in one of their last remaining habitats on earth. In most gorilla safaris, a guide will lead you up the forested hills of volcanoes on foot, to quiet clearings where you can watch the gorillas live and play in peace.

Botswana and Namibia Luxury Safaris:

The Kalahari, across Botswana and Namibia, is the oldest desert on earth. Still, there is vibrant life there, concentrated in great diversity around oases and waterholes. Desert safaris focus on these pockets of concentration, where spectators can quietly watch usually solitary animals, like the black rhino, interact with a range of desert neighbors, including giraffe, ostrich, and lions. Despite the vast emptiness of the desert landscape, some of Africa’s most spectacularly luxurious lodges are found here. And last but not least, Botswana's Okavango Delta is in a league of its own when it comes to game rich luxury safaris that combine mokoro rides on the water and open vehicle game drives.  It's the pinnacle of luxury safaris.