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“emotional trekking in the jungle” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
15 Binayomba Rd | Bugolobi Rwanda, Kabale PO Box 23825, Uganda
+256 486 424121
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Kabale
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Lugano (Switzerland)
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“emotional trekking in the jungle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

I did a tour of Uganda with the excellent tour operator Destination Jungle owned by an italian.
In the morning the expalantion of the trekking and then let's start oto go and wolk, seven hours up and down make you really enjoy to find the gorillas. We spent 1 hours looking at them, so sweet, always taking care one of the other, better than humans. Then happy the return adn good spleap in the house tent in the middel of the forest.

Visited August 2012
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“Gorilla Trek with Africa Adventure Safaris”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

This company provided the assistance you definitely will need. We were able to see the silver back within three hours. We were at our meeting place in plenty of time, and our guide was waiting for us upon the end of the trek. This is a trip to remember forever. Thanks Africa Adventure Safaris.

Visited January 2012
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“The Incredible Gorilla Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Me and my girlfriend came here as part of a travel we made throughout Uganda and Rwanda. This was definitely one of the mandatory places to go to. Reason? Of course, the gorillas!

Things didn't go completely according to plan. We travelled in May and the rain season wasn't over yet. Unfortunately a bridge had collapsed and the initial plan of going to Buhomma Community Camp, where we would visit the Habinyanja family, was cancelled.

We were coming from Queen Elisabeth N.P. and had to make quite a diversion stopping in Kabale to eat and go to the south side of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The view from Kabale to there is stunning, and when I finally saw the straight line that divides Bwindi from the farmlands I fell into a state of growing anxiety and excitement. The gates tell you a lot: "Welcome to the Gorilla World". From here on, we humans do not rule and crossing over to the other side is a sudden change in landscape, light and climate. The first nice encounter was with a beautiful blue monkey, that we had actually missed from our swamp walk in Kibale forest. Another check on the list!

Our starting point the day after would be Ruhija, a not-so-famous place where gorilla trackings start from. We heard from Nixon, our driver, that they had only habituated 2 families and this was a relatively new place, as opposed to Buhomma. I was already aware that there are chances of not finding the gorillas. I got really worried at this point, and my anxiety grew quite a bit.

However, the local village made me forget most of my concerns. There is an orphan kids school group that will sing and dance for you (they expect something in exchange, and cash is most appreciated) and being in the middle of them offering them toys, books, etc. was very rewarding also for us. We also visited the rest of the village, where we can buy nice handicrafts for low prices.

We stayed at the Gorilla Mist Camp and it was absolutely brilliant. We could see the Virunga Volcanoes in the morning before we went to Ruhija starting point. Then my nerves got onto me again, fearing of not finding the gorillas.

We were told that there would be a partial refund, should we not find them (250 USD). Also, we were psychologically prepared for an extremely long and difficult hike. I knew that the Oruzogo (the family we visited) were habituated very recently. They are also currently habituating a third. family in that region But again the fact that this was not Buhomma, where they have more experience, was getting me very worried. They explained that unsuccessful trackings happen roughly once every 2 years, and usually the reason is a family quarrel between silverbacks or, even rarer, the harsh weather wiping out the tracks.

Their briefing was fantastic. The ranger name was Obed. He actually knew our driver Nixon, as they were school mates when kids, and this made the experience even nicer when driving closer to the point where the trackers had last seen the gorilla family. Nixon works for Kazinga Tours, located in Kampala, but he was actually born in this area, and that was a plus! At this point, I would also vividly recommend Kazinga Tours, they were simply brilliant.

After we gave our things to a porter (I believe it was 20 USD), we started walking and 5 minutes past we heard the first gorilla chest beat. That is even now indescribable. The trackers were laughing and saying "2 days ago we had a couple in their 60's that had to climb mountains for 7 hours and today a young couple finds them in 10 minutes!" Moments after we saw Muntu, other young blackbacks, then Mutesi and her little ones, Bakwata, and many others. The family was quite large. We stayed one hour that flew by taking pictures and enjoying the moment.

We had heard that sometimes Bwindi's vegetation density does not let us photograph them that well (flash is not allowed). We were also lucky with that, as there was plenty of light. Furthermore, if you have a nice camera and know how to use it, I guess the lack of light will be a minor detail. Another nice thing was that there were only the 2 of us that day, which is definitely nicer than a group of 8 people, as we experienced in Rwanda. For whoever wants the feeling of exclusivity, Ruhija and the month of May is a perfect combo to increase the chances.

The experience of finding these Great Apes was thrilling and unimaginable. Even now that a month has passed I can't stop thinking about going back. The permits are 500 USD per person. It is expensive, but it is a fair price. We are not only looking at tourism, this is an endangered species and we are helping their preservation. The profits help them to not only care for the gorillas, but also to share a percentage with the population, to prevent poaching. This has resulted in good news, with an increase in the gorilla population in that fragile environment.

After the tracking, and before we got our "gorilla trekking certificate", we had time to find the interesting L'Hoest monkeys. We had also missed those, so that was another check on the list.

This was absolutely top! If you like nature, if you like gorillas, you should not miss visit them at least once in your lifetime!

Visited May 2012
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“Gorilla Tracking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

Expensive but worth it. The hike was quite steep, but pole pole you'll make it. Being with the gorillas (Nshongi group) was such a rare, special experience. I'll always treasure it. Bwindi is also very beautiful just on it's own which made the sometimes strenuous hike beautiful/much more bearable. If you have the money, this is highly recommended!

Visited March 2012
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“Trek Gorillas here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Fabulous place. We hiked 7 + hours in search of gorillas - the Habinyanja Group - What an excellent hike, people and experience! We walked with the gorillas as they searched for food, then spent our hour observing them eat lunch. The forest is truly Impenetrable. The rangers and guides bush-whacked as there are no trails...we truly hiked in the wild. The scenery of the walk was out of this world beautiful! Definitely recommend!

Visited May 2012
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