Gorilla Trekking for pregnant women : Pregnant women are allowed to go gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking when pregnant is very possible whether it is in Uganda or Rwanda. If you plan to go for gorilla trekking when pregnant, the best is to inform the tour operator you are dealing with or park warden early such that a gorilla group, driver guide and other things are planned early enough.
The best places to go for gorilla trekking include Uganda, Rwanda and D.R. Congo. These 3 countries shelter the remaining 1,063 mountain gorillas on earth and there are only 4 National Parks to visit to see these endangered species. They include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Southwestern Uganda; in the Northwestern Rwanda visit Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
WHAT TO FOLLOW ON GORILLA TREKKING WHEN PREGNANT?
Inform the tour operator about your condition in advance.
Let your tour operator or tour agency know of your condition at the time of booking for your gorilla trekking safari. The tour operator or company then will inform the park warden or authorities in advance about it and they will be in position allocate to you a gorilla family, which is easier to track. Besides, this will help the tour operator to find a comfortable safari vehicle and professional tour guide for you among other things to ensure you have a memorable gorilla safari holiday.
Book sedan chairs
If you are 7 months pregnant, we recommend use of sedan chairs. Sedan chairs play important part in carrying you from briefing point to where mountain gorillas are in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or Volcanoes National Park. A group of about 5 porters will assist carry you on the sedan chair during your gorilla trek. Our team will book for sedan chairs early before you travel for actual gorilla trekking and they cost USD300 for locally made chairs and about USD 500 for modern chairs. When it comes to time for photography, feel free to tell porters to put you down so that you can capture pictures and also watch clearly these massive apes.
Book a flight to Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park
Yes, road transportation comes with lots of interesting things to see en-route but considering your condition, we recommend a flight instead. Fly in gorilla safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can be arranged by your tour operator on ground. Daily chartered or scheduled flights are available to take you from Entebbe Airport to Kihihi or Kisoro Airstrips. Upon arrival at the airstrip, your driver will pick and transfer you to the park using a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle.
Have plenty of drinking water and snacks
Carry plenty of drinking water, snacks to keep you hydrated throughout your gorilla trekking journey. This will help keep you stronger and hiking to see your gorilla family becomes easier.
Do physical exercises
Gorilla trekking is a long process involving hiking through forests and steep slopes and it all requires some physical wellness. Not to encounter challenges on your gorilla trek, we encourage everyone to do adequate physical exercises to keep them fit.
Packing list for gorilla trekking when pregnant include insect repellent, rain jacket, hiking boots, gardening gloves, first aid kits, sunglasses, long pants, hat, camera without flashlight, daypack, gorilla permit, long sleeved shirts and others.
BEST TIME TO GO GORILLA TREKKING WHEN PREGNANT
Gorilla trekking is open to everyone at any time, month, season of the year but the dry season is the best time due to its favorable conditions including low or no rains and drier paths. The dry season in most gorilla trekking destinations often occur from June to September and December till February.
Choose accommodation that provides maximum level of comfort and safety. There are different accommodation choices ranging from budget to luxury. In Bwindi National Park, some of the best accommodation to stay while on gorilla trekking include Chameleon Hill Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp, Silverback Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Ichumbi Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge and Rushaga Gorilla Lodge. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has numerous accommodation options such as Kisoro Travelers’ Rest Hotel, Mount Gahinga Lodge, Mucha Hotel, Lake Chahafi resort etc.