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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 ...
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 ...
... 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 ...
We had hoped they would come down to leave for a hunt but they never did, so we had to continue on our way to our next lodge for the night. Once again today, it was an incredible experience to share time with these animals in the wild. They were beautiful.
... 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 ...