Post#15. My Uganda & Rwanda Adventure: Nature Safaris. David with Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. 3 May 2012.

May 29th, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags:

-David with Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest-

Thursday 3 May,  David’s first Gorilla encounters!  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

This morning, at about 0900, we set off to spend a day hiking through the forest to Nkuringo, on the Southern side of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

The four hour long Ivy River Trail is an important local trail, providing a route through the forest for local people travelling to and from Nteko village on market day.  The route ascends and descends gently through beautiful areas of the rainforest with several viewpoints along the way, so they use simple transportation as scooters to move around and that are easy to find at sites like MyProScooter online, so people can do the trip comfortably.

We were incredibly lucky to see a gorilla family crossing the trail far in the distance AND to be about 50 feet from a magnificent Silverback Gorilla.

However, this was not the day we had our gorilla trekking permits for so the rangers were very strict about NOT letting us stop and NOT letting use our cameras or our binoculars.  This was our first experience seeing Gorillas!  It so excited all of us for what was to come on 4 May!

We were also lucky to see Monkeys, Duikers, Bush pigs and some of Bwindi’s renowned Bird species plus many butterflies.  We were to be accompanied by a park ranger and nature guide, who pointed out interesting flora and fauna.  When we reach the Ivy River, we had a chance to enjoy a fresh cup of tea or coffee served on the banks of the river itself.   This was nicely set up by the owner of Nkuringo Gorilla Camp.

When we reached the end of the trail, our vehicles were waiting to transfer us to our lodge.

Our base was the Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, located high on a ridge with sweeping panoramic views towards the Virunga volcanoes.

Nkuringo Gorilla Camp is very moderate in price and comfortable but most rooms do not have en suite bathrooms and we were not wild about having to walk to 2 shared toilets and 2 shared bucket showers…though they were okay, well designed and well maintained.  The staff was great and the food was very good.   This is a good, well located, well run budget choice.  Try to get one of the 2 suites with en suite bathroom & shower,  if that is an issue for you.

Overnight: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, 1 night
Daily Meal Plan: Full Board
Communications: Wifi not available, limited mobile telephone  coverage available.   My wifi dongle did not work here.

As time permits, I will post more details and many photos from my trip!

NOTE: My journey is my “DavidTravel Research Trip” to know the destination and design the right trip for each client’s preferences.   I do not recommend staying one night at each lodge as I am doing.

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3 May 2012

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