A mountain gorilla in Uganda

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Testimonials from clients that have experienced gorilla tracking in Uganda

"We loved Gorilla Tracking in Uganda. Our Uganda Safari completely surpassed our expectations. Thank you for making our Uganda holiday so memorable."

- Beverly & Simon Hughes

Uganda Experiences

Libby Cregeen, is one of our former clients. After reading our Ugandan experiences she volunteered to write her own based on her trip in April ’06.

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Libby and Phillip  Gorilla Tracking in Uganda

The first memory of my arrival in Uganda was our journey at 6.30 am from Entebbe Airport to Kampala. There was the most wonderful sunrise which bathed everywhere with a pinkish glow even a rainbow that looked red over the Kampala skyline.

During our stay in Kampala we visited the Mabamba swamp on the shores of Lake Victoria to see if we could get a sighting of the very interesting and unusual Shoebill stork. This swamp consisted of little channels of water surrounded by papyrus plants water lilies and water hyacinth. We meandered through these channels in a dugout canoe and though we did not see the elusive Shoebill stork we saw some amazing birdlife, different types of Bee-eaters, Kingfisher, African Jacana, Fish eagle to name but a few. Uganda has so many special varieties of birds. We did manage to see a Shoebill Stork in Entebbe zoo the next day, an incredible bird and worth another trip to Uganda to see it in the wild.

A gorilla in Bwindi National Park

We spent a few days in Kampala where poverty was evident but people genuinely seemed happy and busy. We enjoyed the friendly hustle and bustle of everyday life, the colourful market stalls set up in so many places, the bus-taxis rushing people around to and from work, the many marabou storks perched on roof tops.

We set off to drive through Uganda to reach Bwindi where we hoped to see gorillas. The drive was amazing! The road surface had its share of potholes but the countryside was so lush and green. We drove over the equator and of course stopped to have our photograph taken and have the demonstration given about the way the water flows down the plughole!

The last 140km of the journey was a bumpy dirt track and it took a good few hours to travel it but what lovely views! We drove through small hamlets buzzing with people; saw tea plantations, coffee bushes, banana trees, passion fruit bushes, big sacks of avocados and papyrus mats at the side of the road and people cycling with enormous loads on their bikes. Tired but excited, we arrived at Bwindi and settled into our camp.

Guides take a break from cutting thru the bush with machettes

The next morning we were the only ones in our group and we set off with our guide and porters to trek up the mountain to find the Rushigura troop of gorillas. We climbed for three and a half hours and during this time the guide had radio contact with the trackers. Apparently, two troops had spent the night together but had fought with each other the next morning and scattered in different directions. We were not sure whether we would manage to see them at all. We went through thick undergrowth that the guide cleared at times with his machete. The tension mounted as we reached the summit of the mountain. All of a sudden we were told to get the cameras out that the gorillas were in a clearing in front of us. My heart stopped for a moment then cameras to the ready we were guided forward. I will always remember the moment I first saw them - a mother and her two youngsters. People had told me how amazing it was to see them in real life and they were right!! I was bursting with excitement and felt incredibly lucky that I had this wonderful opportunity to view these creatures that had such humanlike mannerisms. Their brown eyes were so expressive. We spent an hour with them photographing them and watching them eat and communicate with each other. They didn’t worry about us being there just showing a little interest.

The source of the Nile at Bujugali Falls was our next port of call. This place was so beautiful and so much birdlife in evidence. Unfortunately, we only spent a night there and had to move on to Tanzania the following day. I loved my week spent in this amazing country and fully intend to return as there is so much more to see.