Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is an activity that requires a moderate level of fitness for anyone planning to get involved. You will be required to prepare for this as you plan your Gorilla safari to Uganda or Rwanda. The habituated mountain gorilla families live in high altitudes in Bwindi impenetrable forest and on the Virunga Mountains covered in thick forest cover.
Preparing for a gorilla trekking trip helps you enjoy your trip with ease and making it more fun because you are familiar with the activity.
Walking helps you tone your legs and shed excess weight. It is the foundation of gorilla trekking as the major exercise which should grow steadily in distance over time. The largest part on a gorilla trekking safari is on foot in the rain-forest. You are therefore required to practice walking long distance to get yourself ready for this activity.
It elevates your heart rate and helps you maintain it at that level. It is an aerobic activity that helps your body get used making it easy to do your trekking and enjoy it.
This is the best exercise for fitness that promotes your body balance and stability. Squats also strengthen your legs, thighs, hips, buttocks and hamstrings.
It is healthy to stretch your muscles after your daily training to improve your flexibility of your muscles. Physical fitness will make your Gorilla Trek more enjoyable. Most often visitors to Uganda and Rwanda plan their gorilla trekking Safari about six (6) months before the safari begins. That is the perfect time to get yourself physically tuned for your Gorilla Trek or Gorilla Habituation Experience.
Pushing your body up stair and after stair against gravity is another great body exercise for a trek. Hiking in the jungle is not such an easy activity that needs to prepare for. Practice hiking if you have a chance to be near a hilly area. Ensure that you will increase distance each time you practice and your trip to Uganda or Rwanda will be enjoyable.
Go to the GYM
Build your leg strength with gym work. Leg strength is essential for your trek so in addition to walking training which will strengthen your legs, try and include either gym exercises such as leg presses and weighted squats, or lunges and bodyweight squats. Going to the gym to make their gorilla trek more enjoyable.
Start your Trekking training early enough
You are advised to start your training 6 months before your trip. It’s never too early to get started on your trek fitness program. Look to build your strength and fitness gradually, giving your body time to adapt to the new demands. That way you can enjoy your trek training and avoid risking injury by trying to do too much too soon.
It is good to practice using walking pole to help you get used to them. Gorilla trekking may require you to have them to ease the load on knees and thighs on descents and give you two extra legs on steep climbs. They can also be used to help clear vegetation and have numerous uses in a campsite. Trying out before the real time is good for you.
Choose the correct footwear for your trek
Select good quality and appropriate hiking boots for your trek and your walking training is essential. A supportive hiking shoe with ankle protection is important but beware of ankle cuffs that are too high as they can irritate the Achilles tendon at the base of your calf. Look for an ankle cuff that is scooped away at the back. Make sure that your trekking boots are thoroughly broken in and your feet have bedded in the time for blisters is now, not during your trek. When purchasing your boots, try to shop in the afternoon when your feet have expanded slightly so that you get the correct size.
It’s true that Gorilla Tracking requires some level of fitness but your fitness level should not prevent you from a gorilla tracking activity. There are easier Gorilla groups to track both in Uganda and Rwanda. The last resort is that you are carried on a Sedan Chair – something that requires 12 porters for the journey which allows people with disabilities to spend time with the mountain gorillas.