Pack For A Purpose For Your Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi, Uganda

Pack For Purpose For Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi, Uganda

If there’s anything we’ve learned during the pandemic, it’s that we care about humanity so much, and we want to positively impact people and communities when we travel. Going on a trip is no longer (only) about exploring new destinations for many travellers. Travellers want to do more than light up their Instagram feed with smile-filled photos from exotic locales.

With Pack For a Purpose, our guests have an extraordinary, meaningful experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and the community directly benefits from their visit. Some guests offer to fund scholarships, clean water supply and medical supplies; others pack something extra in their luggage that they can give away, like clothing and books.

Travellers coming to see mountain gorillas have gained a hunger to contribute and interact with the community more positively. The tourist’s script has flipped from, ‘What can I get out of this travel experience?’ to ‘How can I give back through this experience?’

While some travellers may want to book sustainable vacations with nonprofit organisations, making a positive social impact on your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Below are a few things you can zip-lock in your luggage or squeeze between your clothing and drop it in the basket when you get to our lodge in Bwindi. 

When we deliver your package to the community, we will share the photos with you on your behalf. In some cases, the guest has enough time at the lodge to tag along when we visit the community or school to deliver the package—an enriching experience.

Pack For A Purpose For Kikomo & Green Hill Health Centres 

Kikomo Health Centre & Green Hill Health Center, both located 2.5 km & 1.5 km from the lodge, serve more than 2000 beneficiaries in 26 villages. The Health Centres have about 18 staff, led by senior clinical officers, who run a general outpatient clinic, laboratory, and maternity ward.

The centre lacks basic necessities, and due to its remoteness, the supply of medical services is limited. Outreach programs to the communities are limited by transport. The nearest hospital is in Kisoro, 36kms away – the journey takes a 6-hour walk, with no ambulances in case of emergencies. The local community has a specially made basket to carry patients as their local ambulance system — often carried by strong men on foot. 

With Pack for a Purpose, we hope to help the centre to have the basic health care requirements. This will enable them to provide the much needed first aid to patients visiting this Centre and clients that may require treatment when in Nkuringo.


An asterisk (*) indicates this item is most vital.

  • General Medical: Ace Bandages, Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’), Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, Cannulas, *First Aid Kits, Gauze, Ice/Cold Packs, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Sanitary Napkins, Scissors, Small Scissors, Thermometers (Digital), Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Tweezers
  • Specialist Equipment: Pediatric Laryngoscope and *Stethoscope
  • Surgical: *Dressings, Needle Holders, *Surgical Gloves, and Swabs
  • Testing Kits: Malaria Testing Kits (‘RDTs’ – Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits with Reagent) and Pregnancy Testing Kits
  • Health/Personal Grooming: Combs, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, and Toothbrushes
  • Medications: Alcohol Gel, Burn Cream, Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, and Vitamins
  • Specifically for Children: *Baby Blankets and Clothing, Baby Oil, Baby Powder, Baby Soap, Cloth Diapers and Clips, *Hats (for Premature Babies), Umbilical Cord Clips, and Weighing Scales
  • Reference Materials: (English) *Medical Dictionary, *Oxford Handbook of Medicine, and *WHO ‘Hospital Care for Children’ Book
  • Hesperian Health Guides: (English) A Book for Midwives, Helping Health Workers Learn, HIV Health and Your Community.
  • Linens: *Bed Linens, *Pillows, and *Towels
  • Office Supplies: Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
  • Support Equipment: *Small Solar Panels and *Solar Lantern Lights

Pack For A Purpose For Nkuringo Vocational School

Nkuringo Vocational Secondary School, situated a walkable distance from the lodge, was developed to provide easy access and O level education to 100 bright underprivileged students from the ages of 13 through 18 years old. 


An asterisk (*) indicates this item is most vital.

General School Supplies: *Book Bags, *Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Compasses, *Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, *Rulers, *Solar Calculators, and *Wide-Ruled Paper

Reference Materials: (English) *Dictionaries and *Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

Laminated Wall Charts: (English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books: (English) Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, Math, literature (Novels, Magazines, Non-fictional, etc.)

Educational Games/Toys: Chess Sets and Scrabble

Sports/Outdoor Activity: *Netball/Basketballs, *Soccer Balls, and *Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer

First Aid/Health: Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Sanitary Napkins

Office Supplies: Markers, *Pencils, *Pens, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers

Kitchen: Bowls, *Plastic Serving Cups and Plates, Pots, and Serving Spoons

Gardening: Hand Fork, Spades, and Trowel

Food: Purchased Locally: Beans, Maize Meal, Meats, Rice, and Vegetables

Health/Personal Grooming: Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, *Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, *Toothbrushes, *Toothpaste, *Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Pack For A Purpose For Batwa Community Village

The Batwa lived alongside the Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest until the government relocated them just outside the forest to pave the way to conserve the gorillas and the national park. Today they live a challenging life of catch-up-with-modern-civilization with little to no survival skill. Your supplies will help them improve their lives outside the forest.


An asterisk (*) indicates this item is most vital.

Clothing: Shoes, *new/second-hand dresses, shirts, sweaters, jackets, winter hats.

Linen: *Blankets, Sheets, Towels

Gardening: Hoes, Pangas, Shovels, Hand Fork, Spades

Health/Personal Grooming: Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, *Sanitary Pads, Shampoos, *Toothbrushes, *Toothpaste, *Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Kitchen: Bowls, *Plastic Serving Cups and Plates, Pots, and Serving Spoons

Support Equipment: *Small Solar Panels and *Solar Lantern Lights

Food: Purchased Locally: Beans, Maize Meal, Meats, Rice, and Vegetables

Income Generating: Sewing Notions, Sewing Machines, Craft Carving Tools

Listed here are the specific needs requested by the community project so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to our reservations team at to inquire about items that may be available for purchase locally. If you wish to visit the project, contact us, and we can let you know what is possible.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful to the children and the environment for the following reasons:

  • Few children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist, and the candy promotes cavities.
  • Once they become deflated, the balloons are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.

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