As travel bans are unfortunately still a reality, I have found myself reminiscing more and more as the days go by and digging into Instagram archives is where this blogs inspiration came from. Now, in this blog I would like to share what my plans were on this day a year ago. Today, the day of writing this blog is, 11:01, 17 June 2020.
Lets jump into it.
When I woke up on the fresh morning of 17 June 2019 this was my view and days plan;
Excitement levels where through the roof, a healthy and much needed, "fuel rich" breakfast was enjoyed before we made our way out to and area within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park called Ruhija which is on the eastern boarder of the forest. Upon arrival, we got to explore the gorilla guide headquarters in the area and watch some local dances while our driver met with our gorilla guide leading our morning activity.
Once the dances and the guide meeting was concluded, the group got divided into groups of 8 and directed to our dedicated gorilla guide briefing location. In this briefing the lead guide covers all the rules regarding a gorilla trek and at the same time he or she will get all the guests in the small, intimate group extremely excited. This excitement is fuelled when the guide tells you all about the gorilla family you will be visiting and once that's done, there is only one more thing left to do.
Grab your gear and get ready to embark on an incredible journey into the spectacular Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to spend a magical hour with some of the most majestic beasts on earth, the mountain gorilla.
Gorilla trekking is not the easiest walk in the park but SO worth it! I honestly cannot find words that would help me accurately describe how incredible the journey through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest truly is.
The vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over 25,000 years, and, in the process becoming biologically rich whilst accumulating an extensive species list in the process.
As I have mentioned many times before, this experience of walking within this tall, moody forest, feeling dwarfed by the trees who’s canopies accompany the clouds and of course the incredible time with a gorilla family can only be truly understood once experienced.
Now, on this day a year ago, we were in this beautiful forest for some time and would like to say this is pretty much a average gorilla trekking day.
As mentioned, this is the average duration one can expect but it can be as short as 1.5 hours or at times stretch to about seven hours. Now don't let this scare you because this exciting trek is not a race, it's a slow, easy pace.
So looking at this duration, on this day a year ago, we started our trek just before 9am. We were exploring the forest for five hours and so we returned to the head quarters at 14:00. Now what about a refuelling lunch? Well, because a gorilla trek is so unpredictable, we always take a packed lunch with us every morning so we were sorted. On this day a year ago, we enjoyed our lunch in the middle of this spectacular forest in one of the most scenic and tranquil areas one could ever imagine.
In my opinion, it knocks any top notch restaurant out of the park!
So after replacing some of the much needed calories that we had burnt, the trek continued towards the headquarters. Once you reach this finish line, the day is still not done. There is a celebration hosted by your guide on the day who presents you with a gorilla trekking certificate, with your name, gorilla family name, destination and date on. Such a great way to end the experience!
This basically concludes the active activities on this day a year ago.
We arrived back at the beautiful Buhoma Lodge for a refreshing shower, a incredible 40 minute massage followed by a celebratory drink of choice while working through some of the guests images they captured a few hours back before a tasty dinner.
This draws close to what was an extremely successful day. Refuelled and adrenaline drained, we retreated to our rooms at around 8pm as the next day was yet another early start to what was also one unforgettable adventure!
I thank you for reliving this adventure with me on this day a year ago. Gorilla trekking has been described by many as a life-changing experience and it is just that and so much more!
If has been one of your MUST DO adventures, one of Africa’s bucket-list experiences; maybe the words below will help you take that next setp;
I do hope this blog has served some purpose and that you are getting excited to experience the endless wonders within the wilds of Uganda. I travel all over the world & little can compare to this, it’s something you’ll never forget!
There is just one more think I'd like to say;
I would love to change the way YOU see the world and so I'd like to invite you to join me on what will truly be an unforgettable experience exploring the absolute Best Of Uganda! Yes, we have new dates available for 2021 and 2022, do not miss out!
Thanks so much for your time!
Until next time;