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“Experience of a lifetime”

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
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3 Days Gorilla Trekking to Bwindi
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3 Day 2 Night Bwindi Gorillas Trek
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4 Days Flying Gorilla Safari From Uganda
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Kabale
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Seven and half hours trekking up and down hills, in an untouched forest on the middle of Africa, sharing the experience with strangers from around the world is a remarkable trek. Add to this, you are following a family of mountain gorillas, particularly the silverback and especially the very good, then you realise what that you are privileged to have this opportunity of a lifetime.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Recently, I made the trip to beautiful Bwindi to see the gorillas.To see the gorillas was just amazing.
While in Bwindi I stumbled across the Community Centre of a group called Ride4awoman. The group sews a whole range of goods to sell to tourists. All the money they make goes back into the community. The clothing they sold was the best quality I saw in Uganda. I bought a magnificent kimono made from 2 African fabrics. It's worth a visit just to see these women working and to purchase a few things knowing that all the money is going back into the local community.

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

You must be fit and motivated to see the gorillas! A difficult climb to the bottom of the Mountain then a steep climb back up, but well worth it! We were with a young and fit group so it was no problem and fun. The gorillas were amazing! We stayed with a family of 20 for about an hour. Lots of babies this time of year. Highly recommend if you want to see the Mountain Gorillas!!

1  Thank nvlinks
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Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

A lifelong dream was realised today.
It's not a cheap experience however it was simply amazing.
Lucky enough to locate the Gorillas within 20 minutes and spent over an hour with them. The guides and everyone involved were brilliant.
Well worth it as the experience is a once in a lifetime.
Whilst in the region ensure you visitor the orphaned children's performance in the Main Street and do a tour offered by the local community. $30 US takes you through a variety of things and the Batwa village visit is brilliant and worth the $30 alone.
I used friendsofafrica@gmail.com as my transfers etc and Shaq was amazing.

2  Thank Mathew B
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Made the decision to spend two days gorilla trekking, which provided two very different experiences. Day one we trekked (mostly uphill somehow!) for approximately six hours, sometimes on a narrow track, sometimes hacking through the jungle, but seeing the gorillas for the hour allowed was more than i could ask for. A very close and overwhelming experience.

The trackers (who GPS site a group the night previously, and who leave early in the morning to find the family groups) were amazing, and our guide was knowledgable and helpful. Day two was literally a walk in the park - an hour walking along a smoothed path with little climbing. Both days we saw different families of gorillas, and had an amazing experience with both.

All that said, it was not a trek for the unfit, even for the easier day. There are options for help - the least of which (and highly recommended, not only for the help, but for helping the economy) are the porters, which cost $15US per day. There was a fellow at our briefing who had to be over 120kg and sounded like he had difficulties breathing just standing through the orientation. He was apparently going to be paying for four porters to carry him to the gorillas. Cost? up to $500US apparently ... We were told on the orientation that if you opted out before you begin the trek, you would lose 50% of your park fees, opt out while trekking would cost you 100% of your fees. So be prepared for the experience of a lifetime, by ensuring you are in shape, have lots of water on the day, have a good camera with you, tips for the porters, and don't forget a walking stick and gloves for the trek.

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