Uganda
Kirundo

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  • Day25

    Day 25: Monkey island

    February 26, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    This was the big day we have been waiting for the past days, the highlight of this trip: Walking through the jungle to see the gorillas 🦍 🇺🇬

    I will let the pictures speak for themselves...it was a great experience and I highly recommend you do it yourself 🦍🦍🦍

    You will also find a picture of me and the group as well as of me and Anne. Have I told you about Anne? She is a role model: 77 years old lady from the US, more fit than the rest of the group (always the first when hiking through the woods), traveling alone (her husband stayed at home) and an absolutely sweet character (never complains) - when I’m 77 i would love to be exactly like her 🙏💛
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  • Day9

    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

    June 17, 2017 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Today we went trekking for gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, it was an early start having to get up at 4:45am to have breakfast and get on the transfer bus. It was about a two hour drive before we got to the starting point where we met our guide for the day.

    They provided us with a briefing and explained that there were five families in the national park, they only take a maximum of eight people to each family, each day and those people are limited to one hour with the family. They then allocated us a guide and two armed guards with AK-49 assault rifles that carried 39 rounds in the magazine. The armed guards were there to protect us from potentially aggressive animals as there are other animals living there as well, they stated that they would fire warning shots first and that shooting an animal was the last resort. In the briefing they told us that we were tracking the M family, which is one of the largest families with approximately twenty gorillas.

    What happens is professional trackers start two hours earlier, return to where the family was last seen and begin tracking the family of gorillas from there as the generally will only move approximately 1km overnight. The trackers then communicate the location of the gorillas to the guide who lead us to them. We had received the same family as the other half of our group saw yesterday so I knew we would be trekking for at least two hours.

    After the briefing we all got back into the bus and drove for another forty minutes on a dirt road and then we all piled into the back of a ute with our guide and armed guards where they drove us for another five minutes to where we would enter the national park. The first forty-five minutes of the trek was all up hill on a relatively cleared path, we continued to trek for another hour were we walked up and down hills before we reached a really dense part where we had to pretty much make our own path down to where we could see the trackers. Once down with the trackers we were briefed again on how to behave and what to do if a gorilla approaches you (crouch down and turn away) and given an opportunity to drink some water before trekking further to see them.

    We all assumed that we would have to walk about ten minutes before seeing a gorilla but they were literally five to ten meters away from where we were sitting. The first one I saw was the silver back and he was barely five meters away from me. I sat down and just watched him, I couldn't take my eyes off of him he was incredible. I then looked up to see several babies playing just above us and then the mother twenty meters away the the tree top plus a couple other family members in nearby bushes, everywhere I looked I could see gorillas surrounding me. It was just breath taking that we were able to see such an amazing creature in its natural habitat, I just sat there and appreciated how beautiful they were and how lucky I was right in that moment.

    The trek was about two and a half hours each way, it wasn't as difficult as I was expecting from talking to the other group so that was good. Don't get me wrong it was still challenging but I think once you see the gorillas it makes it all worth while. I would rank this as one of the best experiences of my life and would recommend it to everyone.
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  • Day10

    Proudly present: Die Kahungye-Familie

    January 27 in Uganda ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Ich sage nur: Wecker 04.45 Uhr Ortszeit!! Rekord!!
    Frühstück 05.30, Abfahrt 06.00, Ankunft keine Ahnung, Abmarsch zu den Gorillas 08.30 Uhr!

    Zwischenzeitlich war ich drei mal auf Toilette, Ursache unbekannt, Aufregung oder was falsches gegessen oder der Schock von vorgestern noch?? Egal, vorweg gesagt, beim Gorilla Tracking hab ich nicht eine Sekunde daran gedacht oder Nöte gehabt!! 👍😂 Ich hab allerdings auch nichts mehr im Magen, weil ich seit zwei Tagen nichts mehr gegessen habe.

    Es ist nicht „ohne“, diese Suche nach den „gentle giants“, auch wenn mitten in der Nacht schon zwei Ranger losmarschieren, die nach den Nestern der Gorillas suchen und dann die Orte per Funk durchgeben.

    Wir sind eine Gruppe von acht „zahlenden Gästen“, dazu kommen noch drei Ranger/Guides (zwei mit Gewehren und der Chief von denen) und wer will, bekommt noch einen Porter (Träger für den Rucksack mit Getränken etc.), den ich gerne in Anspruch nehme. Der Spaß kostet 15 Dollar (plus Tip), davon lebt ein Porter hier wohl ganz gut und das Geld ist somit gut angelegt!

    Nach etwa 80 Minuten haben wir die erste Sichtung, juchhu!! Aber es waren anstrengende, rutschige, steile 80 Minuten und halt Dschungel...wer Handschuhe anhat mit denen man sich mal an Gestrüpp oder so festhalten kann ist klar im Vorteil!! Ich bin dann hier auch schon zweimal „durch“ mit Schleudergang, von dem Vielschwitzer josh will ich jetzt garnicht sprechen.

    Aber zurück zu den Gorillas ... eine Stunde Zeit haben wir und die wird natürlich voll ausgenutzt. Es sei verziehen, dass ich hier nur Handybilder hochlade...

    Ich will hier garnicht mit „beeindruckendwundervollSpracheverschlagendtollumwerfend....“ anfangen, es war einfach ein einmaliges Erlebnis, das ich niemals vergessen werde...!

    Aber eins muss ich doch noch erwähnen😂. In der Gorillafamilie war so ein „Halbstarker“, der ist immer wieder ausgetickt.
    In diesem Rahmen ist der dauernd wie ein Brummkreisel quer durch unsere (Menschen-)Gruppe und es kam wie es kommen musste: ich gehe zu Fall! Der Ranger immer nur so: „one step back, one step back!“ Was soll ich sagen? One step back hat nicht mehr geklappt, es hat rumms gemacht und so lag ich da!
    Was ein tolles Erlebnis, ich möchte es nicht missen!!! 😁

    Irgendwann kam dann der Zeitpunkt: Last pictures... und wir müssen uns auf den Rückweg machen. Die Gorillas waren damit wohl nicht ganz einverstanden und haben uns noch eine Weile begleitet. Und mein kleiner Halbstarker hat nichts besseres zu tun als sich an joshs Weste zu hängen, nach dem Motto: du bleibst hier oder lass zumindest die Weste hier!! Herrlich!!

    Wir sind ja dann nachmittags zurück im Hotel, trinken ein leckeres Nile Beer , Frank (Elstner 😂) setzt sich zu uns und läßt sich auch auf ein Bier einladen und so nach und nach kommt die ganze Filmcrew zu uns 😆. Alles sehr nette angenehme Menschen, es war ein kurzweiliger Nachmittag.

    Und das schönste (naja, fast schönste) kommt zum Schluss: ausschlafen!!! Morgen!!! Frühstück 09.00 Uhr!! So läßt es sich doch leben!!
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  • Day41

    Bwindi Impenetrable Park - Gorilla Trek

    June 16, 2017 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The whole reason I joined this tour was for the gorilla trek and today was the day!! We woke up at 4:30am to leave the Lake by 5am. It was a 2.5hr drive to the briefing station where we met our guide David and found out we would be trekking a family of 18 gorillas, the second largest family in the park. There are five gorilla families in Bwindi and only 40 permits per day for the park, meaning 8 people per family maximum, and your time with the gorillas is limited to one hour.
    We drove 30mins from the briefing to the other side of the park where we'd be starting out trek. We were accompanied by two police officers with AK-49 rifles in case we encountered aggressive animals, plus two guides. We trekked for an hour on a pretty comfortable path with a few hills and then we went off the path into the bush for the next two hours. The guides had machetes to carve their way through the bush because where we were trekking, humans hadn't been before! After 2hours of trekking, we were told the gorillas had been located!!! Because they only have contact with humans for 1 hour per day, the trackers return to where they were the day before and have to locate their movements in the past 24 hours to help guide the tourists to the right spots. We reached the gorillas and it was the most incredible, unreal and fascinating experience. We met a 30 year old female first who is the most social of the group. I managed to get 1-2m away from her and she was completely unphased by the group of humans surrounding her! At one point she reached out to grab one of the trackers who said she was playing games with him. We then trekked a little higher up and out of nowhere, found the silverback sitting down eating leaves. And then there were 4 or so babies hanging around him as well!! He was absolutely massive but it wasn't until he got up and started moving that you realized how big he was. We observed them in their own habitat which was amazing and I took some time just to sit there without worrying about getting the perfect photo to really appreciate how special the experience was. I've never been a big fan of zoos or seeing animals in captivity and this day has just reinforced that. They're beautiful animals and I'm so thankful to have seen them in their own environment!
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  • Day3

    Gorilla tracking

    February 2, 2018 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    This was one of the toughest hikes I've ever done. Walking in the rain forest up and down some pretty steep hills, crossing streams on logs and rocks (sometimes), ankle deep in mud, slippery roots and vines in the trail.
    But in the end, it was worth it. Visiting a mountain gorilla family in their natural habitat is beyond words. I am blessed to have been in the prsence of such amazing, beautiful and peaceful creatures.
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