Womens’ Guide to Packing for A Trip to Uganda; Petite Women You’ll ESPECIALLY Like This.

Whenever I start packing for a trip to Africa I always imagine that I’m going to look like Meryl Streep from Out of Africa…but in reality I look pretty much the same as on any other day.



But my upcoming trip to Uganda is a little different because there are restrictions that I didn’t worry about on my previous trips to Africa. For example, it’s highly recommended to not wear dark blue and black in Uganda (and much of Eastern Africa) due to the tsetse flies and other lovely creatures.

I’ve read varying accounts of how bad the flies and nettles actually are. It ranged from “no big deal” to “OMG!!” So…that wasn’t very helpful. I’ve decided to try to minimize my chances of getting bit/stung/eaten etc. by avoiding dark blue and black as much as possible; and stick to the colors that are recommended – khaki and green – which makes sense. But I don’t have such clothes, so you know what that means. SHOPPING!!!

But before I get into the clothes and gear, a few notes to provide context for this (very long) article.

{A Few Important Notes}

Scroll down to the packing list: For anyone that’s just looking for a packing list without the detailed product info and specific product recommendations, just scroll all the way down. For everyone else, keep reading.

Lots of info: This article not only contains a general packing list, but at the bottom, there’s also separate list of what to wear and pack in your daypack for chimp and gorilla trekking specifically. The last thing you want is to have lugged all this awesome gear with you and then forget to pack something in your daypack for your adventure.

No paid promos: I’m not getting compensated in any way for anything in this post; nor was I asked to include or exclude any products. Everything in this post is based on my personal experiences, observations, and recommendations.

Balancing buying new gear: A trip to Uganda is already pretty $$$. So there’s a balance between buying new gear or not. I chose to buy gear, but I know I will use it again. I read articles where people wore bright colors, dark blue, black and jeans and had really wonderful bug-free trips!

Before and after experience: I published this post BEFORE actually going on the trip. After I get back, I’ll post an update with any notes about what I would/wouldn’t do differently. I like posting the before and after of my trips because you’re probably reading this before you go on your trip too. So like me, in this moment right now, you’re gathering info and will make decisions that are best for you to plan your own trip. I also made my decisions based on what I read from others.

Afterwards I’ll update the article and explain what I would/wouldn’t do differently and why.

Ok, now that we got all of that out of the way, let’s talk about the fun stuff!

{Ladies, What To Pack for A Trip To Uganda}

{Kinda Tough to Find The Right Items}

For petite women in particular, it is a little more difficult to find moisture wicking hiking pants and a few other items that do all of the above: fit, look good, more importantly provide functionality and are also the right colors – khaki, beige or green.

I usually buy REI’s Sahara hiking pants because they’re — err, were everything: cute, comfy, and available in short. (I’m 4’11). AND they weren’t kids pants, they were made for petite women. Awesome! right? Well it was until they totally changed them.

I went to REI’s sale this past May all excited to buy more, but they lengthened the inseam on this year’s design and the smallest women’s size were too big for me all around, not just the length. So I sheepishly made my way to the kids section to try on the girls Sahara’s which were the perfect length. But for many girls, hips just aren’t a thing yet, so that didn’t happen. I even tried on the boys sizes and that was just…no.

So over the next couple of months I started looking online at all the brands: The North Face, Athleta, Columbia, Prana, Arcteryx, Eddie Bauer etc. I liked the Prana Halle pants online but was hesitant to buy them, because they don’t explicitly state that they offer petite sizes. Despite that I guess in a way they are petite because you can select a short inseam. So I bought a pair of hiking pants from Prana and another from Columbia. Columbia also doesn’t offer petite sizes, so I bought the Girl’s large.

Update: I LOVE my Prana Halle hiking pants. I had to get them altered as they were too long, even with the short inseam, but I got a ton of use out of them in Uganda and since then. These hiking pants are comfortable, moisture wicking, and stylish. And they don’t break the bank either.

But after all my searching Prana and Columbia had the closest sizes, the right color, the pants in stock, and each pant didn’t cost more than the Michael Kors rain jacket I bought for the trip (more on that later!).

{Pants/Trousers for Uganda}

Prana Halle pants (left) Columbia Girl’s pants (right). These look kinda frumpy from the photos but they’re not.

(left) Prana Halle Pants in Green Jasper, Size: 2 Short
(right) Columbia Girls’ Silver Ridge III Convertible in British Tan, Size: Large

I still had to get both pants hemmed as they were too long even though I bought the Prana short and the Columbia in girls, not women. I’m 4’11”, they would have been perfect for someone at least 5’2″. Shoutout to Atherton Cleaners in Redwood City, California for doing an awesome job with the hemming!

{Prana Halle Pants Details & Review}

The Prana Halle pants are stylish, moisture wicking and quick dry. As I mentioned Prana doesn’t have petite sizes but there’s a drawstring in the waist which is perfect to allow me to cinch the waist and give me the right fit and silhouette. Again although they aren’t specifically petite they are offered in a short inseam.

Another useful feature is that these also have the snap buttons on the bottom so you can roll them up if you’re wearing them on an adventure while crossing a body of water.

As you can see I bought the Green Jasper color which is fancy talk for Olive green. They were available in khaki too, but as a South Asian woman, I try to avoid khaki and browns as they aren’t flattering on me.

Snap buttons so you can roll them up.
I wanted to show you what the back of the pants look like as well.
I already have a whole lotta brown going on, so brown pants? Not so much.

{Columbia Girls Silver Ridge III Convertible Pants Details & Review}

The Columbia Girls’ Silver Ridge pants are also moisture wicking and quick dry. They’re not as stylish as the Prana pants but I really like the fabric. It feels fantastic, flowy, light, and breezy. (I sound like a laundry detergent spokeswoman don’t I?).  This was the first time I’ve bought hiking pants with the built-in zipper that converts these pants into shorts. You can see the zipper in the photo below. They become shorts…bermuda shorts though, meh. Still, it’s really convenient for when you’re trying to pack light or you have to pack light, like us.

My husband and I have an allowance of 33lb. (15kg.) each since we’re taking domestic flights in Uganda on those small airplanes and that’s how much they allow per person. The moral of the story: less is more.

Hence the convertible pants – 2 for 1 special! I’m a little wary of whether the zipper where the legs cutoff will be uncomfortable on a hike. I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet. I don’t know why but bermuda shorts always make me think of Magnum P.I.  I’m not really into looking like a tall white guy with a mustache, particularly because I’m a short, brown girl that pays good money every few weeks to thread my mustache. =p

Update: The Columbia pants were great for traveling. I find the built-in zipper which makes them convertible, uncomfortable so I ended up wearing these as a last resort when everything else I had needed to be washed. I found them less uncomfortable to wear while hiking compared to on a safari drive or safari cruise where you’re sitting most of the time.

Ok now back to the article.

Back side of Columbia Girls Silver Ridge III Convertible hiking pants.

{Can I Just Wear Yoga Pants?}

Can you just wear yoga pants? I wondered the same thing and read what others recommended, before buying the hiking pants. And what I gathered is that they’re great for the lodge or camp but not good for gorilla trekking nor chimpanzee treks or habituation treks. On those treks you’re in the rain forest getting poked by brush and branches which will go right through yoga pants and directly to your skin. I’m taking mine to wear around the lodge and to sleep in.

{Safari-Friendly Tops}

Hiking at Point Lobos, California wearing Tamiami Columbia long sleeve moisture wicking top.

{Product Recommendation: JM Collection Tops at Macy’s}

If you need or want to get some khaki and green tops for your Uganda trip without spending a ton, I recommend the JM Collection Tops at Macy’s. They’re:

  • comfortable
  • you can find them in khaki, beige and different shades of green
  • they’re 3/4 sleeves
  • flattering
  • machine washable
  • very inexpensive (I bought them for $15 on sale!)
  • the best part: they’re available in petite and regular sizes!

They’re so inexpensive that even if they only last through wearing them a few times, it’s kinda ok. My experience on previous safaris is that the lodges do a stellar job with washing clothes so at the very least I don’t expect them to fall apart during my trip. It’s nice that they’re plain – no patterns so you can wear them with anything.

These go on sale every few months so just keep a pulse on them. Since most Ugandan safaris are booked several months in advance, you have the flexibility to wait for sales.

Note: these shirts are not moisture wicking material.

{Product Recommendation: Columbia Long Sleeve Tamiami Shirts}

I also really like these long sleeve shirts from Columbia. I bought the Girls large because the Women’s sizes are too big for me (4’11”, 100lb.), but these are available in both.

I have them in 4 different colors as they’re feminine and perfect for travel – lightweight, have those easy snap close buttons, functional pockets, they’re long sleeve with tabs to roll up the sleeves, moisture wicking and quick drying. And it’s nice that they’re very inexpensive too!

I always travel with these. I love that they’re built for adventure but I can also dress them up a little. For the evenings I wear them unbuttoned with a cute camisole underneath and maybe a necklace or a scarf with earrings and pair with cute flare or crop jeans or leggings. Note: they’re not long enough to cover your bum.

I personally enjoy feeling a little put together on holiday, but also don’t want to pack a bunch of extra stuff. I find these blouses perfect for that.

{Patience Really Does Reap Rewards: Sales}

When booking a trip to Uganda you kinda have to book at least 6 months or more in advance. Most people are drawn to Uganda for gorilla trekking but there are limited permits. It doesn’t help that demand has increased for Uganda because Rwanda doubled their permit fees to $1500/person/day (Uganda is $650/person/day).

When I booked in April, for a trip in September it was like we were barely getting the last permits available. This of course depends on the time of year you go there. Summer is peak season and in November when the rainy season starts, demand decreases.

So why am I telling you this? Because booking 6 months in advance meant that I had plenty of time to shop around for gear, not only the right items but take advantage of sales. I had my eye on the Prana Halle pants and knew to wait when all the retailers do their summer/end of summer sales to get ready for fall, and that’s when my inner cheetah pounced.

I bought the current Halle pants model that as of now is last years model so I got these for about $50 instead of $85. And was able to find a rain jacket for the trip, for just about the difference – $35 (more on that later) so that was nice.

{Thanks to Fellow Shoppers!}

Can I just say, big ups to the consumers who take the time to review clothing items online and share their measurements because in the end, positive comments from other people who were similar to me, are what convinced me to buy!

{Doing Retail Returns Sucks}

Prana was less ricky because they provide everything in case you need to do a return – packaging, shipping label etc. Or you can even return items in store. But Columbia doesn’t have retail stores – they’re online only. And they only provide the shipping label that you have to print out yourself and affix to your own packaging and they charge a $6-$8 restocking fee. It’s not a lot of money but I don’t like to waste it either.

{Product Recommendation: Michael Kors Rain Jacket}

I wanted a non-sporty rain jacket and love this one from Michael Kors (not exactly the one I bought but VERY similar). I love the accents of all the buttons and zippers and pockets that are not just for fashion but actually usable. The jacket can be cinched as can the hood. This is already a petite jacket but that cinch factor is nice to really customize to yourself. And the deep olive color makes it perfect for a trip to Uganda.

I have to say that the gold buttons and zippers are a bit blingy. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep the jacket because of that but then I tried it on with a few outfits and liked it. I think what really won me over is that it fits me so well, which is pretty hard to find. Unfortunately Macy’s isn’t carrying this anymore. But Fall and winter are just around the corner and I’m sure they’ll have really nice pieces for the season. Overall I find Michael Kors (at Macy’s) very petite-friendly so just keep checking the website.

{Product Recommendation: Columbia Rain Jacket}

I swear I’m not affiliated with Columbia in any way I just find that they make quality, value-based products that happen to fit me. I went through 3 rain jacket trials over 4 months, before I found this one. I tried jackets from Athleta and Prana but nothing fit right.

Then I found this. And to be honest, the sleeves are a little baggy but at least they don’t extend over my hands. The other thing I like about this jacket is that the inside is lined with fleece. I’m one of those people that’s always cold so I don’t mind the extra warmth. And keeping it real, I gotta say I really like the pink zipper. It makes the jacket cute and gives it some style. This jacket cost about $25 on sale at Columbia. I’m not sure I’d wear this again aside from safaris and travel. But $25 was definitely worth spending just to wear for safari and travel.

{Shoes for Uganda}

In keeping with packing as light as possible, I’d stick with two pairs:

You definitely need 1 pair of proper hiking boots/shoes — do not rely on regular sneakers. You need something waterproof with firm tread that will support your feet on the gorilla, chimpanzee treks, and other hikes. I really like my Oboz hiking shoes. I’ve taken them to Southern Africa, Europe, Costa Rica, Belize, and Hawaii over the course of 2 years and they’re still going super strong. And Oboz makes small sizes. I tried Keens hiking shoes as well and liked them too but found the Oboz to be more comfortable. For your reference I have a neutral pronation.

Oboz carries small womens sizes. I’ve really put these shoes to the test in Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, and Hawaii, over a year and a half and I’ve been really pleased with the comfort and performance. I wash them after every trip and store them in the original box, which helps with the longevity.

For the rest of the time at the lodges and river safaris or in transit, pack comfortable shoes that will protect your feet. A lot of other sites recommend Teva and Chaco sandals. I prefer Keens because they protect your toes.

For women with really small feet you might get away with kids Keens like mine below (left). I like the kids ones a little better because they have a closed heel. The adult sizes don’t.

{Product Recommendation: Gardening Gloves for Very Small Hands}

It took me a bit of time and research to find gardening gloves that would fit me. I ended up buying these kids pair. You will want to pack gardening gloves for your gorilla and chimpanzee treks in Uganda. As the guides whack bushes to clear your path to the primates, you might find yourself pushing brush out of the way or even grabbing onto a tree for support – and the thick gardening gloves will protect your hands. I like that these extend a little onto my wrist so there’s no gap in-between the long sleeve shirt I’ll be wearing and the gloves.

{Product Recommendation: Gaiters for Petite Women}

I read mixed things about gaiters. You’ll really only need these during the gorilla and chimp treks. Some people said to forego gaiters and just tuck your pants into your socks. And others said having these was essential. I went ahead and bought gaiters because I can imagine my pants untucking out of my socks during the trek and I don’t want to deal with that. Plus I like the peace-of-mind of having the coverage. It was a little difficult to find gaiters that would fit me. I found these on Amazon. I tried them on and they fit! The $14 price tag was a lot nicer than some of the $40-$50 ones I saw at stores. But I’ll let you know how they did once I get back!

Update: These worked great! I was glad I brought gaiters and didn’t just tuck my pants into my socks for the peace-of-mind. While you’re gorilla trekking most of your energy is focused on…not dying, so not having to expend mindshare about whether ants are trying to eat me was nice. And I’m gonna use them again for an upcoming trip to the Galapagos Islands! At El Chato Reserve they recommend wearing rain boots which they provide. I am not sure if they’ll have my size as I’m gonna take my gaiters. These are so light and thin they pack easily!

{Packing List}


  • 1 pair of long pants/trousers for every 3 days you’re gone (long hiking pants, not capris, not yoga pants (see explanation above).

  • 1 shirt/blouse for every 3 days you’re gone (at least 1-2 long sleeve).

  • Hiking socks: ideally merino wool (NOT cotton it absorbs moisture instead of wicking); I’m going on a 9 day trip and took 3 pairs. There are days I’ll just wear my Keens at the lodge; and the lodges usually have laundry service.

  • 1-2 bathing suits + a cover up: OR board shorts + rash guard/swim halter top, and you won’t need a cover up.

  • A jacket or fleece: petite women, see jacket recommendations above.

  • Base layers: It can get into the 60s in Bwindi. For my fellow ladies that get cold easily, pack base layers.

  • 1 pair of good waterproof hiking shoes or boots: (not just regular sneakers). Oboz is a newer brand and makes high quality hiking boots for smaller women. Keen does too. I found Merrell to be hit or miss with small size availability.

  • 1 pair of sandals or shoes to wear at the lodges and in transit. I wore my Keens.

  • Sports bras not underwire bras: Long card rides + very bumpy Ugandan roads = need to support your girls

  • Underwear: I’m sure you can figure out quantity on your own

  • Pajamas

  •  Hat: wide brimmed hat, but make sure it fits really well and stays on your head or has those chin straps to ensure it stays on. And maybe a baseball cap? While trekking, especially at Bwindi, a wide brimmed hat might brush against the…brush, and fall off throughout whereas baseball caps tend to be more snug.

  • Polarized sunglasses

  • Eyeglasses (if you wear them)

  • A good daypack: something you can fit a bagged lunch, water, your rain jacket and other essentials inside of. 

A note about skirts and dresses: You can take a dress or skirt to wear at the lodge. I personally decided against it because then I’d have to pack another pair of shoes and because – dresses – even maxi’s, don’t protect as well from the elements. But you can totally pack some dresses or skirts. Or pack your cutest yoga pants or leggings or even cute jeans + pretty scarf and very light jewelry i.e. studs and a small necklace. The lodges – even the fanciest ones are all casual attire so you don’t have to pack dresses and skirts. This is just if you want to.

Please be culturally aware. Most African countries are conservative. Throughout Africa (outside of the big cities), women showing their legs is not a thing. If you’re going to wear a dress, make it a maxi and nothing super form fitting.

Notes applicable to all clothes that you pack:

  • machine washable
  • moisture wicking (ideally)
  • khaki and green colors (ideally)

Nice to Have Items for Your Trip to Uganda:

  • Buff: stretchy cloth that can be worn as a neck gaiter, headband, skull cap and lots of other ways
  • *Binoculars: you won’t need them while gorilla trekking but nice to have for river safari at Murchison Falls and at your lodge in Bwindi
  • Lightweight flashlight: useful at your lodge after dark. Make sure to pack some extra batteries too.
  • I really like these disposable mini travel towels. They’re useful for so many things! I take them with my on every trip!
  • Travel pillow: I REALLY like my Trtl travel pillow – very compact, light, and keeps my neck nice and warm!
  • A baseball cap
  • Quick drying travel towel + mesh bag: Your lodges will probably provide towels but a nice thing to have if you’re out and get caught in the rain. Store it in a mesh bag so it properly dries.

{Buying Binoculars}

There are several binocular brands and types – with varying uses and applications. In Uganda you wouldn’t use binoculars for gorilla trekking. The guides lead you to the gorillas who get pretty close to you. On the other hand, you might find binoculars useful during a Nile river safari at Murchison Falls. And definitely on safari in other countries like Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

You can find binoculars for $30 to $3000. Like any hardware there are factors that influence quality and price – coating, casing, weight, size, magnification, lense quality etc.

I’m a fan of doing a bit of homework to understand what to look for in products, to make informed decisions. B&H Photo Video published this really informative binocular buying guide.

I bought these Bushnell binoculars. For me, they’re a good intro pair to try. The driving factors that led to buying these were:

  • 10x42mm – that is 10x magnification of items compared to the naked eye and a 42mm diameter for a nice wide depth of field.
  • Roof prism binoculars tend to be more compact and less weight.
  • These are adjustable to fit the pupillary distance of my eyes on my smaller face but my husband can still use them too.
  • Waterproof and fog proof

For Gorilla Trekking

  • Wear one of your long sleeve shirts
  • Wear long pants
  • Rain jacket with a hood
  • Wear your buff or a scarf as a neck gaiter or head band
  • Hat: some people find wide brimmed hats distracting as you’re trying trekking through the bush. Maybe not a wide brimmed hat for the gorilla trek, but a baseball cap instead.

  • Utility vest? or money belt?: So, I’d only recommend a utility vest or a money belt if the pants and shirt you wear for gorilla trekking don’t have functional pockets.You know how sometimes women’s clothes have fashion packets with 0 functional value? During the trek, you’re gonna wanna have easy access to snacks in your pocket, so keep them on you, and not in your daypack which the porter that you hire will be carrying. And you can put your passport in there as well or put it in your daypack. You’ll need to take your passport for the park rangers to verify your gorilla permit.There are some really cute utility vests out there, but that’s increasing weight…so tradeoffs. And if it starts raining, you’re gonna have your utility vest + rain jacket on….while it’s hot and you’re trekking. Unless you decide to be that person in the group who makes everyone stop over and over while you get sorted.

Update: I was glad I didn’t have a utility vest. I went trekking two days and both days it was beautiful and sunny. And we found the gorillas within 1.5-1.75 hours so we never stopped to take a break or have a snack. However, another group that trekked in a different area of the National Park found the gorilla family but they were up in the trees. So they plunked down on the forest floor, had lunch and waited until the gorillas came down from the trees. Still I don’t think a utility vest would have been necessary, just a good daypack with snacks etc.

  • Energy boosting snacks: Clif bars, trail mix, chocolate. Since you’re packing this in your luggage, I’d go with Clif bars or KIND bars because they’re light and individually sealed airtight. Trail mix is bulkier/heavier and can spoil. Take these with you from home. There won’t be a place for you to buy anything like this there (unless you’re stopping over in a big city like Kampala or Jinja).

  • Gardening Gloves: During the trek you might grab onto and brush branches/trees and debris.

  • Gaiters?: I read mixed things about these. You’ll really only need these during the gorilla and chimp treks. Some people said to just tuck your pants into your socks, while others said these were essential. I went ahead and bought gaiters because I can imagine my pants untucking out of my socks during the trek and I don’t want to deal with that.

  •  Baby wipes, ziploc bags, hand sanitizer: In case you’ve gotta go, during the trek there are no facilities. The guide will find a safe space for you to take care of business. You’ll need baby wipes to clean off and ziploc bags for the used wipes as there are no trash cans around. Put the bags in your daypack and discard them back at the lodge. Bonus points if you take biodegradable bags!

  • Cash for tips: (notes not coins): You will want to tip the guide and porters after the trek. Figures vary, but no less than $5USD per person. Most people give a few dollars more to the guide. And no $1 bills, nor coins. Actually this applies not just for gorilla trekking but your whole trip. Best to have $5, $10, $20 bills on you. 

  • Your camera

  • Trekking poles: don’t bother with taking them from home. The porters have them there for purchase or hire, for people of all heights. Note: traveling with trekking poles means you HAVE to check in your luggage.

  • The lodge you’re staying at should provide food and water for each person for the trek. You can put it in your daypack which will be carried by your porter.

Tech Gear for Uganda

  • 1 camera * scroll down for how to carry DSLR while gorilla trekking
  • Enough memory
  • For DSLR users: 70-200mm, f2.8 lens – this will help you take great shots in low light conditions during the gorilla and chimp treks and it has a good zoom given that you get pretty lose to the gorillas (compared to other safaris).
  • Extra battery for camera – Most lodges don’t have outlets in the rooms but rather in the common area so you’ll be sharing with other guests (another reason we suggested the surge protector power strip). An extra, pre-charged battery is a good idea in case you can’t charge up.
  • Sun shades and filters for camera lenses
  • Camera/lense cleaning supplies
  • Rain cover for the camera
  • Travel adapters (Uganda outlets are the same as the UK)
  • Surge protector charging strip
  • Head phones
  • Phone + charger
  • e-reader
  • Selfie stick

  • Silica packets?: Most lodges don’t have air conditioning nor heating so this may be a moot point, but just in case you are staying somewhere with air conditioning/heating, take a large ziploc bag and put silica packets inside  – with the high humidity you will want to put your camera inside with the lens attached or the lens unattached with caps on and let your camera adjust to the temperature difference between the aircon area and the outside temperature, before you use your camera, to avoid condensation build up.
  • Tripod/monopod etc.?: Unless you’re a VERY serious photographer or even a pro photographer you really won’t want to deal with a tripod/monopod etc. while trekking for chimps nor gorillas. The gorillas have been known to get really close to the people so having a stand will just detract from the experience.

Update: Unless you’re filming the next Planet Earth, do not take a tripod or monopod with you. It’s extra weight for nothing.


  • Anti-humidity hair serum: Let me say it again. Anti-humidity hair serum. Ladies, it’s hot and humid over there and you don’t want your locks looking wilder than the jungle you’re surrounded by.
  • Small shampoo/conditioner: Most lodges provide this and soap, but just in case.
  • Rubber-bandy hair ties: not claw clips because you’re gonna be wearing a hat much of the time and I don’t know about you, but those clips are uncomfortable with a hat.
  • Hair clips
  • Travel hair brush: leave the curlers and dryers at home, you won’t need them and most lodges don’t allow them as they occupy too much electricity.
  • Almond oil + cotton balls: This is my face moisturizer replacement. Almond oil is a natural moisturizer that absorbs right into the skin and leaves it feeling and looking vibrant, smooth, and healthy. I put it in a small glass vial and take it with me on all of my travels.
  • Face cleanser
  • Face + body sunscreen 
  • Good bug repellant
  • Chapstick – though you can use almond oil for that too.
  • Toothpaste + toothbrush + floss
  • Deodorant/antiperspirant
  • Basic first aid kit
  • All prescriptions and other medications, including contact lenses
  • Travel tissues
  • My travel hack to rejuvenate tired feet


  • Passport
  • Visa: Yellow Fever: proof that you had the shot
  • Extra passport pictures: (precautionary travel hack followed by frequent travelers)
  • Tour itinerary and contacts: Printed out. Having it in Google docs/your email is good too, but you might not always have internet access in Uganda.

{How to Carry Your DSLR While Gorilla Trekking}

While you’re trekking you’re going to be too busy getting b!*$h slapped by brush and branches that you won’t be able to take pictures and…survive. Keep the camera inside your daypack, which is carried by the porter you’re going to hire. Once you arrive to the gorilla family, your guide will instruct you to put all of your stuff down and that’s when you can get your camera. You can only approach the gorillas with whatever you have on your person. You will leave your bag with the porter.

You get 1 hour with the gorillas and in that time you can carry your camera however you feel most comfortable. From what I read of other people’s experiences, is that the hour goes by really really fast. So trying to change lenses, setting up a tripod etc. is not a good idea.

The best thing is to go with one camera body with an f2.8, 70-200mm lens + your iphone/Samsung etc. And that’s it.

Remember: no flash photography allowed. That’s why that f2.8 lens is so important. Oh and make sure to take a rain cover.

{Carrying your DSLR For Chimpanzee Trekking}

For this, since the terrain is much flatter, most people don’t hire a porter. I’m going to carry my DSLR in my crossbody bag. The chimps can move around a lot so being as lightweight as possible is key as you follow them. You can use the same f2.8 70-200mm lens for chimps as there will be similar low light conditions. And pack your rain cover.

At Murchison Falls and Ishasha, you’re going to either be in a boat or safari vehicle so no special gear or consideration needed for your DSLR. In these other places you might want a wide angle lens or even more zoom, but always balance that out with your comfort with the heavy weight of camera equipment.

If you found this helpful, please post a comment! Have questions? Ask! This will be an epic trip!

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