THINGS TO CARRY ON RWANDA SAFARI
WHAT TO CARRY ON RWANDA SAFARI- PACKING LIST FOR RWANDA SAFARIS
For memorable safari in Rwanda, visitors need adequate preparation and the following packing list should note be left behind:
Long sleeved shirts: At least 2-3 long sleeved shirts should be carried basing on the number of days to spend on the safari. Long sleeved shirts protect visitors from much coldness, pieces, insect bites while in the forests among others.
Short sleeved t-shirts: Rwanda is one of the African countries which is endowed by sun shine and rain fall throughout the year. To that note, visitors are advised to carry at least 2-4 short sleeved t-shirts to put on during hot days.
Pairs of light weight slacks/trousers: Visitors are also advised to carry at least 2-3 pairs of trousers that can dry quickly especially when on Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking, golden monkey trekking or colobus monkey tracking and so on.
A pair of shorts: At least one pair of short to be put on when sun bathing and on a very hot day, the short can help regulate the temperatures. If you are hoping to relax at Lake Kivu beach, the short will help your body absorbs the sun heat quickly.
Sweater or sweatshirt: At least a pear of sweater should be carried- Much of Rwanda is situated in high altitude due to the fact that, the country is endowed with many hills/ mountains. Temperatures in up hills tend to be low, then a sweater will help you warm the body.
A waterproof and windproof jacket: Being a mountainous country, Rwanda receives much rainfall throughout the year so, treks should take care and carry water and wind proof garment.
A pair of skirt for female visitors should also be carried.
Gloves – gardening or similar: For Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee trekking, golden monkeys or colobus monkey trekking visitors, it is advisable to carry gloves that will protect you from thorns and disease infections from animals and birds touched while in the forest.
Strong waterproof walking boots: pants should be tucked into socks and boots while trekking (heavy soled rain boots also work well). Heavy sole rain boots will protect trekkers from thorns, wetting the feet, insect bites like bees, snakes among others.
Pair of sports sandals like Tevas- sandals will help the visitors during and after bathing and when disgusted with clothed shoes, the tourist can put on sandals especially on hot seasons.
Hat-wide brim or with a visor for sun protection- the hut to protect the visit from direct sun shine especially on hot days. For female visitors, the hut will also protect their hair from dirt and becoming wet by moist wind.
Sleepwear/ night clothes: The visitor should carry both light and heavy night clothes to cater for the varying weather condition in Rwanda.
Underwear to protect the private parts, Lightweight wool socks, Swimsuit (and a plastic bag), for experienced swimmers, endeavor to carry swimming costumes.
Sunscreen: These are sun protective clothes to cater for visitors who are not used to African sun.
Sunglasses with neck strap: Clients unfamiliar to African sun can greatly be affected with out sunglasses which can protect their eyes.
Insect repellent with DEET: African forests harbors dangerous insects like Tsetse flies that transmits sleeping sickness, mosquitoes that transmits malaria- therefore, all visitors to Rwanda are advised to carry insect repellent to prevent such diseases.
Small day pack: Bags that can carry your daily equipment like perfumes, clothes and so on.
Flashlight/ torches: To help you provide light at night- this is a must carry for visitors willing to have night walks.
Binoculars: This helps to zoom different attractions in far distances for clear viewing and photography.
Extra batteries for cameras to help the visitor take many photos- it will also cater for the tourist in places of unstable power supply or lack of power (Hydra, thermal, bio gas etc)
Camera and extra lenses: Rwanda is gifted with a variety of attractions therefore, a visitor should carry more than one camera to take as many photos as possible.
Film particularly fast film for the gorillas, Personal toiletries, prescription medicines and possibly prescription itself, Kleenex tissues, Small notebook.
First Aid Kit including dehydration sachets, anti-diarrhea medicine, aspirin, cold medication, antiseptic cream, band-aids, motion sickness pills, lip balm, eye drops and personal medication.