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Western Region

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  • Day21

    Day 21: Jinja - Kampala - Masindi

    February 22 in Uganda ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Another day of driving ... about 10 hours in the truck. We are all pretty tired and happy that after this day we will have some active days ahead 💪🏃🏼‍♀️🥾

    But there was also a reward at the end of the day: The hotel we are staying at for the next two days is much much nicer than any place we have stayed at before ... so a day to be grateful for 🙏

    Today I’m showing you some more beautiful pics of Uganda and a video of the rain ☔️
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  • Day22

    Day 22: Hippos & Chimps

    February 23 in Uganda ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    Today we went to Budongo Central Forest Reserve, a big mahogany forest in East Africa 🌴🌱🌿🇺🇬

    We started with a boat cruise along the river Nile in Murchison Falls National Park. And I now know why we call hippos “Nilpferd” in Germany...the river is home to soooo many of them...amazing. Just look at the picture of the two cuddling hippos...one of my favorites so far 🦛💛

    Afterwards we hiked through Budongo forest for more than 3 hours (loved it) hoping to see some chimpanzees 🐵 Unfortunately, my group was unlucky - we did not get to see them 🤷🏼‍♀️

    Which brings me to another lesson learned from this trip: Be grateful for the things that did work out and just forget about the rest 🙏
    This is something we tend to forget most of the time - we are very good at complaining 😉 But at the end of the day happiness can only be created by ourselves 💛
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  • Day304

    Tag 15: Queen Elisabeth Nationalpark

    June 3 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Im Queen Elisabeth Nationalpark hämmer zwoi Game Drives mit üsem Truck gmacht. Mer händ Elefante ganz nöch gseh und sogar sälber ehn Leopard entdeckt - was üsi Guides sehr erstuhnt hed da sie ih dem Nationalpark no nie eine gseh heiged. Zuesätzlich simmer no mit ehm Boot uf de See go Tier beobachte. Det hämmer sehr viel tolls gseh! Vorallem d Hippos hani toll gfunde. Aber au d Elefante am dräckle sind super gsii zum beobachte.

    Mer händ d Nacht uf ehmene Campingplatz näb ehm Nationalpark verbrocht. Ergendwenn ih de früehe Morgestunde sind Hippos diräkt näb üsem Zält cho grase 😅. Das esch scho chli beängstigend gsii. Aber mer sind vorhär instruiert worde dass mer ih dem Fall eifach jo ned us ehm Zält sölled und üs nüt passieri solang mer dinne bliibed.
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  • Day301

    Tag 12 - 14: Fahre und Chimpanse

    May 31 in Uganda ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    Vo Jinja simmer mit einere Nacht Pause in Entebbe zum Kalinzu Forest gfahre.

    Uf de zwoi Fahrtäg esch ned bsunders viel passiert. Mer händ ehn Zwüschestop am Equator gmacht wo mer händ chönne Föteli mache und Souvenirs chaufe.

    Am Morge vom dritte Tag simmer denn go Chimpanse trekke. Mer händ diräkt näb ehm Wald campet und händ so diräkt vo üsne Zält chönne los laufe. D Guides händ die lustige Affe schnell gfunde und so hämmer sie cirka ehn Stund beobachted bevor mer denn mit ehmene Umwäg dur de Wald zrug gloffe sind. Uf ehm Campingplatz händ üs denn no meh Affe erwarted. Es paar Bamboos händ sich usbreited - die gsehd mer do überall aber dur das, dass sie so nöch gsii sind sind d Fotis besser worde als die vo de Chimpanse.Read more

  • Day121

    Pirogue sur le lac Bunyonyi

    March 6 in Uganda ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Traverser l'Ouganda n'a pas été une mince affaire. Mais ça a été l'occasion de tester notre résilience face à l'attente et à l'inconfort. C'est donc officiel, on s'est bien africanisés ! :) Et l'écrin de verdure dans lequel nous sommes arrivés méritait amplement de galérer un peu...

    Nous logeons sur une des îles de ce grand lac entouré de collines aux cultures en terrasses. Tout est très vert et paisible, le temps semble s'y être arrêté. Pas un bruit de voiture ou de moto, seuls règnent les chants des oiseaux, quelques appels lointains de vaches ou de chèvres et le bateau école qui transporte les écoliers d'une île voisine.

    Pour apprécier de plus près les paysages et explorer les îles inhabitées, on passe au niveau 2 de pagayage. Après s'être fait les bras en kayak à Jinja, on teste la pirogue locale ! Pas simple de manœuvrer ce long tronc d'arbre creusé, mais Tom assure !

    Le lac Bunyonyi, petit coin de paradis !
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  • Day113

    Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP

    August 27, 2017 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    We were sure that nothing could be better than our gorilla experience in Rwanda – we were wrong! Seeing the gorillas for the second time in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda (BEST name for a park, ever) was even more incredible…we feel beyond lucky.
    The weather was clear and it was a short hike to where the gorilla family we were tracking had decided to hang out for the day. It took the forward trackers some time to find them as they kept changing direction and we had to wait for about an hour before they knew for sure where they were settling in for breakfast. Again, like Rwanda, we knew we were close when the forward trackers appeared out of the dense undergrowth and our guide told us to leave everything with a couple of the porters, except cameras.
    We approached the family, with a female and young baby appearing first. Next, the massive alpha silverback appeared and sat on the edge of a small clearing. This silverback was huge, but calm, which somehow made him more imposing than the silverbacks we encountered in Rwanda. The group was made up of 3 silverbacks (2 did not appear as they are older and tend hang out on the outskirts of the group), several females and juveniles, and a few little ones -including a 6-month old. Slowly, most of the group appeared in the small clearing and started to feed, climb and play fight. The silverback quietly sat in the background observing and occasionally trying to nap, but also making periodic, low pitched rumbles to make sure we knew he was there and to communicate with the family. From the photos and video you get a sense of how close we got to the gorillas. Officially, you are supposed to only get within 7 meters of them, but it is impossible to maintain that distance because of the tight, dense undergrowth, but also because the gorillas often approach you, sometimes quickly, and decide to sit and do their thing just a few feet from you. After a quick hour, we started to reluctantly retreat back up the mountain and leave the gorillas behind.
    No one leaves this experience unhappy. When you are with the gorillas you occasionally look around at your fellow trekkers to observe their reactions and everyone has smiles, sometimes tears. What we also noticed with this encounter was the reaction of the porters, guide, trackers and researcher that was present. They were as excited as the paying guests even though they probably see gorillas most days. They were all taking pictures, laughing at the young gorilla antics and talking excitedly with each other about the behavior. What an amazing job!!
    When we returned from trekking, we were told by our guide that a chameleon had been located in the nearby village (we’d mentioned wanting to see one), so off we went in our LR with one of the porters to see a chameleon. We climbed through the village into a back garden and were able to see 3 (a male, female and young one) in a tree. What an incredible day!
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  • Day25

    Day 25: Monkey island

    February 26 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 🙏💛Read more

  • Day13

    Kalinzu National Forest Reserve

    September 16 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    This morning we got up very early for a trek through Kalinzu forest to see Chimpanzees. Apparently they are very difficult to spot in the wild, they hide and and are way up high in the trees.

    We trekked for about an hour before we spotted Chimpanzees. The trek wasn’t nearly as difficult as the Gorilla trek. It wasn’t nearly as muddy, just very wet with lots of leaves. Looked closer to a forest in Wa state with big old trees and moss.

    We saw a few Chimpanzees including a baby. They were swinging from branch to branch. They were very hard to spot as they were so high up and blended into the lush vegetation very well. We trekked for about 3 hours then walked through a tea plantation. Some of the tea was picked by hand and you had to pick two leaves, otherwise it was done by a machine.

    Then we had a quick brunch before back on the road to Lake Mburo campsite. There is quite a lot of trash and plastic bottles along the road. In the small towns we noticed that all the waste is swept into several big piles. I haven’t seen any trash pick up but if looks terrible. Animals walking through it and I have seen people throw litter onto the ground.

    Lake Mburo was a really nice campsite, very typical of what I expected bush camping would be like. The manager was from Orange County. Hot showers began at 6pm so I enjoyed the hammock and just relaxed after another long day.
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  • Day11

    Bwindi Impenetrable forest

    September 14 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    This morning we got up very early to go Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It was about a 2-3 hour drive on a bouncy road high up on a hillside with the lake below. Aside from it being 5:30am we couldn’t see the lake because there was fog all around the lake. It was quite beautiful.

    We finally arrived to the forest. We had a briefing on the gorillas, the forest and how to trek. We then met our gorilla guide. We had a guide, police officer and park official, both carrying guns to scare off any elephants that charge or gorillas.

    We drove about 20 minutes to see the gorillas. The trekking was quite difficult. It was muddy slippery and steep at times. We had to do several river crossings which were quite difficult. There were slippery stones that we had to trek across the river. Lots of slippery vegetation to grab on and old trees sticking out. It was definitely a jungle. Unfortunately we didn’t see any other animals. But we did finally see a daddy, mom, and baby gorilla eating and walking through the forest. It was pretty amazing to see them in the wild. We got to see a baby cross the river. And watch them drink out of the river.

    We got back from our trekking by 3pm, but other groups were out til 7pm! What a long day! My roommate and I just relaxed, it was actually sunny for awhile so we got to see the lake.
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  • Day114

    Ntungamo

    August 28, 2017 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

    Because we’d finished trekking by 2pm, we decided to head towards our next destination to break-up a long drive, planning to find a hotel along the way. Jackpot! A new hotel/conference center/spa had been built in a smallish town at the crossroads between Entebbe, Queen Elizabeth NP and Bwindi. We stopped to have a look, and three days later, here we are! It’s just so nice, quiet and reasonably priced that we haven’t been able to tear ourselves away just yet. We’re the only overnight guests, which is a shame. We’ll have to write some great reviews to get the word out about this wonderful place.Read more

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