Travel Blogs from Butembo
... prior. Over the years the gorillas almost became extinct by the effects of poaching, deforestation, farming and war. The work of Dian Fossey, amongst others, are attributed to saving the gorillas from extinction. Her book and the subsequent movie, 'Gorilla's in the Mist', raised the profile on the plight of the gorilla and now through tourism and wildlife conservation things are changing. The locals who previously poached the gorilla or unintentionally caught them in ...
After the previous eventful journey we
arrived in Fort Portal. There seems to be a familiar theme going on
which involves taking a boda from the bus station to the hostel and
seeing Bianca and Richie walking along (All not planned). Richie sent
us a message and we met for dinner in a very local african place
which was dirt cheap. We stayed at Yes Hostel which is actually a
HIV/Orphaned organisation. There head offices are based here, the
children come ...
We left Nkuringo Gorilla Camp for our
final days hike through Bwindi Forest. We had to pay $140 in park
fees for the privilege which again had two armed guards escorting us.
It was nice walking through the forest but we did not really see
anything new apart from some red tailed monkeys. It took us about 5
hours and we arrived in Buhoma. We found a place to ...
The day we had been waiting for since
november had finally arrived, trekking to see the Gorilla's. We woke
up to a nice sunrise over the forest followed by a hearty breakfast.
We walked 5 minutes from the camp to the UWA office, where we were
briefed about the trek. Turned out we were the only people trekking
with the Nkuringo gorilla's that day, which is very rare! Lucky us, a
private tour ;-) As part of our entourage we had 2 armed guards ...
A big storm had moved in overnight bringing with it lots of rain. We also had mice move in as well into our tent. We couldn't find them during the night but they kept us awake listening to them rustle around. In the morning we discovered they had eaten into a new package of almonds in a metallic bag and also tried out our toothpaste in Michelle's suitcase. It would be the last time either ...