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Travel Blogs from Kisoro
Today is gorilla day, woohoo! Six months of thinking, 'wouldn't it be great to go gorilla trekking and see some mountain gorillas...', we are finally here and about to do it. Amazing. According to the last census conducted in 2011 there are only about 880 mountain gorillas in the world. This small number makes them critically endangered but the good news is that numbers have increased for the first time in decades with 180 more animals counted from the previous census ...
... Park where we saw Buffalos, Baboons, Monkeys and Antelopes,
making the price a bit more justified. The roads for this 2WD car
were bone crushing and we were constantly avoiding rocks bumping up
and down, left to right. We arrived in Kassese 3 hours later and
jumped on a local bus to Fort Portal paying the same as the locals
:-) Thank god! We arrived in one piece, apart from soar bums and
... surprisingly easy, however slightly illogical.
The police point where they checked your passports was about 50
metres away from the border, after the point where they warrant you
your visa. It seemed quite easy to sneak across the border...Once we
got our stamp we headed to the road to wait for our Boda
boda(motorbike) which Anja had sorted out for us, to ensure we didn't
get ripped off. Apparently Ugandan's like to charge Muzungo's ...
... and two armed guards (for elephants not people!) also were told not to keep eye contact with the gorillas! We only walked 6km in total but this was on some thick jungle trails and very steep tracks up to 2000m high so it took us a while even with an unbelievably fast guide! On the way we saw monkeys, safari ants and giant earthworms. we saw forest elephant footprints and trails as they push ...
... We also said goodbye to Markus and Steph from Austria, Dave and Tara from Oz, and Lance and Beth.
It was definitely a sad day, but we know we will run into everyone again and can not wait for that day.
But, with 14 days of the tour still to come we have to get back in travel mode. We are currently in Nairobi. This city is still a little bit on edge it seems from the not so long ago mall attack. The group can still seem to feel the ...