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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! 

Wednesday
Apr242013

Best Documentaries on Africa

documentaries on african safaris

Here at Epic Road, we like to get ready for our epic journeys and African safaris by reading up on the natural history of the region. Another, faster way to prep is watching some of the best documentaries on Africa there are—and there are many. Here are a few great recommendations to get you excited and aware.

The Last Lions

A collaboration between National Geographic and Explorers-in-Residence Derek and Beverly Joubert, The Last Lions documents the rapid decline of Africa’s lion population due to poaching and a terrible lack of government protection. The film documentary focuses on a lioness named Ma di Tau ("Mother of Lions") as she battles to protect her cubs against the daunting onslaught of enemies to ensure their survival. This is the jumping-off point for a disturbing, well-researched and beautifully shot cri de coeur about our moral duty to save this majestic species and others like it.

BBC’s Planet Earth

There’s no one segment on Africa in this mind-boggling series about the world’s wealth of little-known natural wonders; rather, spectacular footage of the continent is sprinkled throughout. Look out for a lion pride’s elephant hunt, elephants migrating towards the Okavango Delta, a seasonal bloom of life in the otherwise arid Kalahari desert, huge families of gelada monkeys living on the steep precipices of Ethopian highlands, and the touching, uncannily human behavior of Chimpanzees in the Congo.

War Dance

In war-torn Uganda, the L. R. A. (Lord's Resistance Army) kidnaps young children, turning girls into sex slaves and boys into soldiers. Thousands of children seek refuge from the L. R. A. in the Patongo camp, and this film follows several of the camp's children as they compete in the National Music Competition. Despite the enormous odds against them, these children manage to find new life and hope in dance. A story of human resilience in the face of total brutality, War Dance was nominated for an Academy Award and heralded as one of the best documentaries about Africa.

Africa

BBC’s latest addition to its spectacular annals of nature documentaries is Africa, a beautifully shot, in-depth look at the elusive continent. Narrated by David Attenborough, the series travels across Africa region-by-region, capturing never-before-recorded natural phenomena and animal behaviors on film. 

Saturday
Oct202012

Uganda's Endangered Mountain Gorillas

Uganda Safari

Video from BBC about Uganda’s endangered mountain gorillas. Due to neighboring conflict in the Congo and Rwanda, there are only about 700 mountain gorillas left in the wild. Watch travelers experience the gorillas first hand.

http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20120806-ugandas-endangered-mountain-gorillas