5 Proven exercise for a successful gorilla trekking safari

Gorilla Trekking Safari 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 trekking safari in 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.

Gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi forest

Gorilla trekking safari experience

Preparing for a gorilla trekking safari 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 a 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 you’re 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 the 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 you physically tuned for your Gorilla Trek or Gorilla Habituation Experience.


Pushing your body up the 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 the distance each time you practice hence your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or Rwanda will be enjoyable.

Supplements to the above it’s highly recommended to join 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 body weight squats. Going to the gym could make your gorilla trekking safari experience 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.

Walking Poles

It is good to practice using a walking pole to help you get used to them. Gorilla trekking safari experience 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 and really gets you ready for a gorilla trekking safari in African Juggles.

Gorilla trekking safari walking poles

Gorilla trekking safari walking poles

Choose the correct footwear for your trek

Select good quality and appropriate hiking boots for your gorilla trekking safari and your walking training are essential. Supportive hiking shoes with ankle protection are 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.

Gorilla trekking safari certificate

Gorilla trekking safari certificate

In conclusion,

It’s true that Gorilla Trekking Safari requires some level of fitness but your fitness level should not prevent you from a gorilla trekking 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.