780 is the number you need to remember! That's how many of these creatures are left on the planet and what makes this so special. The trek is not easy but the 'push me, pull me porters' are amazing in ensuring you get to the bottom and back again. Make sure you use them. Even if you don't want them to carry anything. Their names go on a roster and if you don't use a porter he misses out on income and has to wait until his next roster opportunity. Using them helps the community and the gorillas.
Forget the drive from Entebbe. If you are going to spend money on a permit buy a seat on a private charter plane. The trip takes 1.5 hours and the lodge will send someone to collect you from Kisoro. Not only is this quicker but a safer option.
We stayed a Clouds and would recommend it to anyone. At the end of the trekking day our boots and clothes disappeared and were returned to our room at night fall clean and folded. The staff were extremely attentive and treated us like family.
Spending time with the gorillas, obviously, is the highlight. If you have one take a go pro. Photos can't capture the surprise interactions you may have with these magnificent creatures.
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