For me, the highlight of this tour was always going to be seeing the mountain gorillas, but as the trip unfolded there were many other highlights that exceeded my expectations. The wildlife in Uganda was in abundance, visible from the roadside as well as in the National Parks. Unfortunately we missed out on seeing any chimps in the Chambura Gorge, which was really disappointing, but we did see lots of baboons instead! The boat trip on the Kazinga Channel was fabulous for spotting incredible birdlife, elephant, crocodile, hippo, water buffalo, and others I was unable to identify! The gorilla group we were assigned in Bwindi took us about an hour’s walk to track, and we were rewarded with an amazing opportunity to observe them at close range, feeding, eating and playing. There were lots of photo opportunities and therefore great memories to keep. Whilst staying in Buhoma, it was really worth while doing a Community Walk with a local guide through the village. I found this was a great way to see the life of the villagers, their handicrafts, subsistence lifestyle, traditional medicine, the Batwa Pygmy’s, their school and hospital, and even how they make their home brew! Even at the end of the tour there was great game viewing at Lake Mburo, so the trip finished on a definite high.
Be prepared for some long drives on bumpy roads which can prove tiring, dusty and uncomfortable. It was therefore good to arrive at comfortable accommodation with en-suite facilities at the end of each day. The food provided was plentiful, tasty and there was always a good selection available. The tracking was not difficult, so anybody with a reasonable level of fitness should be fine. Unfortunately you can only go as fast as the slowest person! (UG -29th July 2011)