Waking up early in the morning to go to the park headquarters in Bwindi National Park for gorilla trekking was one of the dreams that I had for many years. I had been saving money for this safari lastly the chance crossed my direction. I was one of the lucky visitors who got a gorilla trekking permit to Rushegura gorilla group one of three gorilla groups in Buhoma region of Bwindi Forest National Park.
Several times, I had been attempting to secure a gorilla permit for myself however since gorilla trekking tours are on high demand, the dates of my excursion were always fully booked or the accommodation was not available for me to stay at. I never lost hope until the time when I at last secured gorilla permit through Gorilla Expeditions Ltd and 2 bed nights at Buhoma Community Rest Camp which was preferred accommodation.
On the day of the arrival at the Airport, I was picked by the tour guide from Gorilla Expeditions Ltd who transferred me to Buhoma Community Rest Camp where I was warmly welcomed by the lodge manager who offered a drink, brief talk about the lodge and its services. I was really impressed. I don’t know whether it was anxiety or excitement that kept me conscious all night long but as I recollect, my dreams were filled with meeting with the mountain gorillas the following day.
Very early in the morning, we woke up for a heavy breakfast which was served at the common lounge area. The waiter gave each of us the trekkers our packed lunch boxes for the day because the time of our return was unpredictable and depends on the movement of mountain gorillas in search for food. We strolled to the park headquarters for a short briefing from the park ranger and later in the company of our ranger 8 of us walked into the think jungle to search for the mountain gorillas. Mr. Mutebire our ranger guide clarified that, mountain gorillas search for food throughout the day so we need to follow their path. He included that despite the fact that gorillas are huge in size, they eat foliage only and bamboo is there delicacy.
Birds in the forest kept us entertained due to the fact that the park hosts over 350 species of birds the guide told us and monkey hopped from one branch to another. As we walked, our guide stopped us and reminded us to lower our voices because we were getting closer to the gorillas. They are very sensitive to intruders explained Mutebire. At this time, I felt a quick ice running through my body to the feet but I was still eager to see the gorillas. We had them grumbling and finally got into and open space where they had been feed the entire day. I have traveled to Africa for several safaris but to be honest, this was an excellent encounter that I wished to share with all readers.
Birds kept us entertained and monkey jumped from one tree another. As we walked, our ranger guide stopped us and reminded us to bring down our voices because we were getting closer to the mountain gorillas. They are very sensitive to intruders clarified Mutebire. At this time, I felt a quick ice going through my body to the feet but I was still anxious to see the gorillas. We had them grumbling lastly got into and open space where they had been feed the whole day. I have traveled to Africa for a number of tours but to be frankly, this was a memorable experience that I wished to share to all readers.
The gorilla group we tracked was well organized with the females taking care of the babies, the young playing form the vines and as we kept gaping, the male silverback emerged from its hiding. He was tall, huge, and dark and looked defensive. He continued watching his family and pouncing at the young ones. We took various photographs and after an hour, we needed to leave there presence but all of us were still in need of watching them. For sure I will push and save for another gorilla trekking safari in Uganda.