Hiring a porter and walking stick plays a significant role when it comes to gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). You can hire a porter to help you carry heavy luggage or extra equipment and walking stick to offering you support when trekking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park in southwestern Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda and the Virunga National Park.
Trekking to see mountain gorillas in the wild is all about hiking through the dense vegetation and steep slopes in Volcanoes National Park, Bwindi National Park, Mgahinga National Park, and Virunga National Park while in search for gorillas.
Gorilla treks usually last for about 2-6 hours and for you to complete your adventure in the jungles even if your pack seems not heavy but this is lengthy. Porters are very experienced and knowledgeable of the terrain and they can assist relieve you from the heavy load, for instance, carrying your luggage, cameras, snacks and other gear you will be using.
A porter will remain with you throughout your adventure and also can go the extra mile to assist you to cross trickier areas along the trails. Your walking stick offers you support while on a trek and you can find one at park headquarters or lodge.
Hiring porters during your gorilla trekking adventure allows you to concentrate on your adventure rather than being bothered by the heavy load. Also, it is one best way to give back to the local community and making sure that they are part of the beneficiaries of mountain gorilla conservation.
Engaging services of porters during gorilla trek in Uganda, Rwanda, DR Congo is one way to empower them so that they earn a living and also be in a position to pay schools and meet other basic needs back home.
Most of the park ranger guides and porters are ex-poachers and now they have devoted themselves to conserving these creatures and this is one way they can earn something for a living rather than engaging in illegal hunting.
By hiring porters, you will be helping their families too as well as nearby communities. You can hire a porter in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Volcanoes National Park, Virunga National Park, and Mgahinga National Park at $10 to $20. For starters, this is a worthwhile amount if you need to make a difference during your adventure.