Experience Uganda with a Lonely Planet blogger & connoisseur of local gin: cultural (mis)observations, trips to the Bush & luck (?) finding a man. VSO volunteer with the Uganda Conservation Foundation & would-be travel writer, I want to travel across Africa - by public transport? with my dogs?
Hi Robyn, Tracking the gorillas is huge fun. If you get the chance, you should definitely go for it. The experience is different for everyone. Here's a story about the first time I trekked the gorillas, in Uganda. This year I trekked the gorillas in Rwanda. Both were fantastic experiences, both quite different. On my first trip, we didn't have that much interaction, but I adored the trek, the whole trekking experience and being amongst these gentle creatures. On my second gorilla trekking adventure, two large gorillas were in the bamboo above our heads. We were wondering if they were going to fall on top of us - all you could hear was grunting and farting! It was hilarious. As for whether you decide to go to Rwanda or Uganda, both countries have very well well organised operations. It costs $600 in Uganda and $750 in Rwanda. Rwanda is more accessible, because the gorilla trekking area is only about three hours from the capital. Uganda has a lot more to do though, so you can combine gorilla trekking with safaris and a lot of other activities. http://muzungubloguganda.com/2010/04/gorilla-trekking-bwindi-uganda/ about 4 years ago
It's best to get local advice before you travel. Embassies and diplomatic missions are often overcautious, as are travel insurance companies. Often the information is out of date too. Contact a tour operator, locally resident expats or bloggers. I live in Uganda, do come and visit! about 4 years ago
Did you know Lonely Planet has voted Uganda the No. 1 destination to visit in 2012? So I'm sure Uganda will feature on here soon! I fell in love with Uganda as soon as I touched down here three years ago. It's a fabulous, friendly, welcoming country that's easy and safe to travel around, boasting incredible biodiversity, breathtaking scenery, stacks of adrenaline activities and a real love of life. The weather is great (especially for us Brits who are used to the cold and the drizzle!) Winston Churchill called Uganda the 'Pearl of Africa'. If you're interested in reading more, please visit 'Diary of a muzungu' http://www.muzungubloguganda.com that traces 3+ years in the life of a conservation volunteer and would-be travel writer in Uganda & beyond: random thoughts, (mis)observations & travel. We go off the beaten track, from safari adventures to walking my rescue dogs through the slums - in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Ethiopia - so far! "Experience Africa with a Lonely Planet blogger and connoisseur of local gin: adventure, stray animals and cultural (mis)observations." My blog that has been featuring on lonelyplanet.com since 2009. over 6 years ago