A normal hunting day will start by leaving the camp early in the morning before sunrise and looking for single male bongo tracks. Bongos are typically hunted in the months of April to July. Because of the unique vegetation in the rain forest, you encounter a lot of vines, plants and trees full of thorns, which makes it a necessity to cover up with long pants and long-sleeved shirts. You also have to cover up for various insects such as flies, mosquitoes and, the worst of them all, the forest ants that bite and sting. It is, however, difficult to cover up because of the heat and humidity, but is essential for coping with the challenging environment. Any good olive-green cotton shirt and pants that are a bit rugged and will blend in with the forest, such as the Johnson stretch-action fit ranges, will be suitable.
For boots, any good quality canvas boot will do well, as they dry out much quicker than leather boots. You need to take two pairs with you. My favourite is the Lowa boot, available at Safari Outdoor.
I also use a baseball cap and a bandana to cover up my neck to keep the ants from falling into my shirt. A head net is always a good idea.
It is extremely hot and sweaty in the forest, so rehydration is of the utmost importance. A hydration backpack, such as a Camel backpack with a water bladder, is crucial.
All your necessary electronic equipment, such as cameras, GPS, cell phone, satellite phones, etc. must be kept in ziplock bags in your backpack at all times, as the constant rain will cause damage if left unprotected.
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