Ugandans and Rwandans appreciate those who dress modestly. Cotton clothing is the most comfortable during the day. Uganda and Rwanda are warm in the plains but often cold in the hills and mountains; a rain jacket, heavy sweater and boots are therefore essential. It is best to have layers of clothing, as temperatures tend to change.

The following is only meant as a guideline as you may have your own preferences:
1. 2 –3 pairs of light weight slacks/trousers – that can dry quickly (if wearing on treks)
2. 1 pair of shorts
3. 1-2 long sleeved shirts
4. 3 short sleeved t-shirts
5. A waterproof and windproof jacket like a Gortex
6. 1 sweater or sweatshirt
7. 1 skirt ( for women)
8. Swimsuit (and a plastic bag)
9. Strong waterproof walking boots – pants should be tucked into socks and boots while trekking (heavy soled rain boots also work well)
10. Pair of sports sandals like Tevas
11. Hat-wide brim or with a visor for sun protection
12. Sleepwear
13. Underwear
14. Lightweight wool socks
15. Gloves – gardening or similar (for gorilla trekking)


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with neck strap
  • Insect repellent with DEET
  • Small day pack
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Alarm clock- though our staff will wake you!
  • Ear plugs
  • Extra batteries – Volcanoes Safaris Lodges have facilities for recharging batteries
  • Camera and extra lenses
  • Film particularly fast film for the gorillas.
  • Personal toiletries
  • Prescription medicines and possibly prescription itself
  • Kleenex tissues
  • Wash cloth and plastic bag (if needed)
  • Ziplocs and other plastic bags for wet clothes
  • Sewing kit (needle, thread, safety pins)
  • Small notebook
  • First Aid Kit including anti-diarrhoea medicine, rehydration sachets, aspirin, cold medication, antiseptic cream, band-aids, motion sickness pills, lip balm, eye drops and personal medication.