Travel smarter on your next visit to the Volcanoes National Park. From the recommended gear to a walking stick, here are the brilliant travel equipment that you need to pack for your expedition into the Virunga Volcanoes.
- Good hiking Shoes or Rubber boots
- Gloves can be useful to protect against stinging nettles.
- Clothing adapted to the weather conditions.
- Small backpack.
- Still / video camera
- Sun hat, sun glasses , sun cream ,( high altitude sun is very strong )
- High energy food
- Water in sufficient quality
- Walking stick
Choosing the right cameras, pair of binoculars and other safari gadgets for your Volcanoes National Park tour can be challenging. First, not any camera should be carried for Rwanda safari to Volcanoes National Park. In this article, we bring to you the list of essentials items to pack, but specifically, different types of cameras, binoculars, and other gadgets to consider to make your trip memorable.
Regardless of your Rwanda safari tour interest in Volcanoes Park, a camera is a must-have. Not any camera, but a good one that won’t disturb, and it should be free of flashlight. It should come along with other accessories.
Batteries and charger- no need to get stranded in the field because your camera has run short of power. Remember to carry an extra battery or charger to help you enjoy day photographing numerous animal species in Rwanda’s Volcanoes NP.
Since you have plenty to photograph the long day, higher chances are that your camera space may run out. This is why you should consider packing additional camera memory cards. To have your camera and its accessories safe on your gorilla trekking adventure or golden monkey tracking tour, you should consider carrying a waterproof daypack.
Choosing the best camera isn’t easy, but here are some of the best safari cameras to consider for your Rwanda tour to Volcanoes National Park. The Canon 80D- this comes with a crop sensor, good focal length and powerful processor thus guaranteeing you incredible images.
Nikon D7500 -it comes with high-speed image shooting, 8 frames per second, responsive auto-focus property, tilt and touch-screen. It is the best for bloggers on tour in Rwanda and they are interested in visiting Volcanoes National Park.
Sony RX10 IV- this is one of the best camera options you can consider for your Rwanda trip to Volcanoes Park. It is a 25xzoom camera and guarantees the best images while on your photography safari in Volcanoes National Park.
Other cameras that are worthy carrying for your photography tour in Volcanoes NP include the Bridge cameras, Sony A7 III, the Panasonic Lumix LX10 II, Fuji X-T30, The Sony Rx100 III-VA, The Sony Alpha A6000, The Fujifilm X-T3 and The Canon 1dx Mk III.
Pair of binoculars
Back at your home country or in Rwanda, you can walk in at the different stores and you will have the best binoculars. A safari to Volcanoes NP isn’t about visiting mountain gorillas alone, but also identifying lots of birdlife. Even if you aren’t going to participate in birding, a pair of binoculars is required.
When choosing electrical items to pack, take note that Rwanda mainly uses European plugin. Most of the accommodation options have where you can charge your gadgets from.
You may also carry flashlight for you to use at night. Most lodges are run by generators or solar lights, and higher chances are that, they are go off at night and not to remain in darkness, you need a flashlight/torch.
Additionally, you can pack iPad, smart phone, tablets etc. Some of these gadgets can be used to take pictures or for you to connect back with your people back home. The lodges and camps in and around Volcanoes NP have Wi-Fi or you can purchase your own internet and get connected with the world.
Tips to help you protect your camera & pair of binoculars
- Pack your cameras & binoculars in padded casings.
- Make best use of waterproof back/daypack.
- Put on the camera strap to prevent the camera from falling or protect it from being snatched.
- Avoid sand and dirt as much as possible.
- Avoid touching the LCD and lens as such actions can lead to permanent damage from your skin oil.