You will start your trek near the park entrance and are assigned an easy, moderate or hard hike and assigned groups. Then, you are transported to the start of your trailhead where you will hike about an hour up the mountain on a well-maintained trail. Once you get near the gorillas, you have to leave your backpacks and proceed with just cameras expect rain and mud. Dress in layers. Enjoy!
Dress Code Here’s what I recommend. On top, wear layers. Start with a shirt made of a synthetic material that dries quickly. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a third rain layer. Rainstorms can happen at any time in the forest, and it’s no fun, not to mention dangerous, to be cold and wet for hours. You can bring a waterproof rain jacket. On the bottom, I wear long pants, also made of a synthetic material. Between the potential for cold weather and the stinging nettle plants of the forest, wearing shorts is an invitation for misery. Some trekkers also bring waterproof pants to wear on top of regular pants especially at the peak of the rainy season in April and May.
Proper footwear. Boots that fit above the ankle are a must. You’ll probably walk through the ankle-deep mud at certain points, and sometimes even knee-deep mud that threatens to suck the boots right off your feet. Because of this, you should wear gators over your boots that go up to the knee. Food and water. There’s no place to buy food and water once you get to the national parks so make sure you have at least a liter of water and some snacks to pack with you. Some treks last well into the afternoon camera ready. Flash photography is not allowed as it disturbs the gorillas so make sure you have your camera manual with you so you know how to disable the automatic flash and automatic focus light functions. Photographs of gorillas in the low forest light often turn out dark due to underexposure. To avoid this, tend to shoot at ISO 1250 or higher when in the forest. No matter what kind of camera you bring, make sure you keep it in a waterproof bag.