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“Two hundred kilos of muscles!”

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
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$1,700.00*
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3 day Gorilla Tracking Tour to Bwindi National Park
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Kabale
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Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

We went to see the gorillas. We knew that the trip would be hard, but there was an option to hire a carrier and we did. It was a good choice because the carrier carried our bag and helped to make the hike easier. Plus by hiring a carrier you can help the local people. We were lucky. Within 2,5 hours we found the silverback, Mishaya. Wow! It was amazing! We were facing 200 kilos of muscles! The silver back was looking at us and then moved to his group. In the group were 2 young ones, 1 of 18 months and a baby. They were playing and the other gorillas were very relaxed. They were very friendly and the rangers helped us to see the gorillas as good as possible. We could spend one hour with the gorillas. It was beautiful! You can't imagine that those big strong gorillas are so calm. It was an experience of a lifetime. After being with the gorillas we stopped for lunch. It was a nice lunch and after that we made the walk back. It was also a hard trip but it was fully worth it!! When you ever have the change: go and see the friendly muscles!

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Perhaps one of the more remote places I've ever been, Bwindi Impenetrable Park definitely lives up to its name! We stayed at a tented lodge just beyond the park (there are several) which was gorgeous and had amazing service. The road is dirt and to get to the edge of the park it's about 2 hours. 4wd is definitely needed, and I would consider not attempting the drive if it were raining or had it just rained: mud makes it impassable. There is a fee for anything you do in the park plus the park permit itself, but truly it is all worth it! Gorilla tracking can be done here (500$ for non-citizens as compared with 750$ in Rwanda's Volcano's NP) and though we did not do it this trip, our tented lodge neighbors did and were beyond ecstatic about their experience. I hear the gorillas are smaller on the Ugandan side and the thicker forest makes it a bit harder to see them, but there is the price differential. From the side of the dirt road we saw some big game, monkeys, and several gazillion species of birds. The folks in Ruhija town where we stayed were delightful. There are 10$ massages, community cultural activities, and simply enjoying the amazing views was well-worth the trip! We're heading back next month :)

3  Thank CyclingChic1
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The National Park ranger orientation was very informative, giving us just the right amount of information about what to expect. We were advised to hire one porter per traveler, which we agreed to, though we thought this seemed excessive. But we soon were convinced that individual porters was the way to go; although we were informed that 7 hours would be the limit on amount of time we'd be out on the trails, in our case it did take 3.5 hours of constant walking to get to the gorillas and 3.5 to return to our drop off point; the trails could be steep and muddy and once we got off the trails to get to gorilla viewing we were on very slippery ground so having a dedicated porter was essential to preventing slips and falls and potential injuries.
And then we found the gorillas and they were just magnificent. Several younger gorillas were eating leaves and plants and we were able to watch them for an extended duration. We got brief glimpses of a large silverback male and a momma carrying an infant on her back - they briefly walked into our view but then turned and left when they spotted us. We were allowed to stay with the gorillas for ~ 45 min (the national park limits exposure to humans to mitigate risk of transmitting human diseases) before starting the long walk back to our starting point. At the end we were congratulated and given "trekking certificates". What an experience! Thanks to our guide, porters, and trekkers who were all fantastic and the people who do the magnificent work of preserving the mountain gorillas and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Gorilla trekking permits are expensive (500USD) but I thought this once-in-a-lifetime experience seeing these magnificent "close relatives" was worth it.

3  Thank BonRo-traveler
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Trekking through the jungle to see the majestic mountain gorillas in their natural habitat was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The guides were great, I felt safe at all times and we found the gorillas within an hour. I had a porter thank goodness, he saved me from falling down a cliff! The way back was quite the trek, but totally worth it. Bring LOTS of water!!

2  Thank Westcoast4866
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Awesome experience that should be included in any trip to Uganda. Visiting these gentle giants to watch them in their natural habitat is truly unique. The guides, porters and guards are all very knowledgable and super friendly. Beware of fellow tourists who fail to realize they are not the only ones there to see the Gorillas. Establish ahead of time with the group the need to make room for all to get photos as the trails are narrow and the terrain is uneven.

1  Thank MATTATRAVELS
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