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After my wonderful trip to South Africa in 2013, I decided when I returned to Africa. I wanted to see primates as well as wildlife including the Big Five game. The best place to see gorilla in Africa is Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. When my wife agreed to go with me I was absolutely thrilled and to be very through I checked out more 20 tour sites in both countries including those suggested by the company we used in 2013 as well as those suggested by several travel sites. Upon review we narrowed our search to the top dozen whom we corresponded with.

After several emails with Jackie, a very intelligent tour consultant at gorilla safari tours who helped us to arrange and book our safari. We selected a 10 Day Uganda Wildlife Gorilla Safari. We elected to spend the extra few dollars to stay at luxury lodges with full board 3 meals a day. Most of the lodges had internet access, although some only in the lobby areas. This tour not only includes both gorilla and chimpanzee treks but also tree climbing lions, Murchison Falls, Game drives, two boat rides and much more.

Day one: Upon arrival at Entebbe international airport, we were picked by Emma our driver and guide at the same time and transferred us to Lake Heights Hotel in Entebbe for dinner and overnight stay.

Day two: We left the next morning right after breakfast for Murchison Falls National Park with first stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Here we walked within 20 yards of mother and baby Rhino, with father on other side of tree. Great pictures and then on to Murchison Falls National Park for spectacular view of the falls, observed several rainbows at the falls and we took great photos and videos. We stayed at Paraa Safari Lodge for 2 nights, the first of the Mweya chain lodges we eventually spent six of our nine nights in. Throughout the trip, the food was good.

Day three: We did an early morning game drive where we saw a lions, baboons, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, birds, antelopes and many other creatures. Back for lunch and in the afternoon we went for a boat ride. On the game drive, we were able to see schools of hippos, Nile crocodiles, water buffaloes and elephant plus lots of birds were among the wildlife we observed.

Day four: With morning breakfast, we left Murchison Falls National Park for Hoima. This was a long drive with a stopover on the way for view of the Rift Valley. We spent an overnight at Hoima Cultural Hotel a very rustic with a very friendly staff and a performance of the local dancers from the local village came to perform for us.

Day five: The following day we drove to Kibale Forest National Park home to 13 species of primates including the famous chimpanzee. We arrived at the Kibale Forest a few minutes after a group left in the morning. This turned to our advantage as our guide Emma had arranged a private tour for us with one of the guides. Our chimpanzee trek was in the afternoon session beginning at 2:00pm. I cannot say enough how much I treasure this trek. as we were the last to leave the forest the forest, we were able to get even more up close and personal with chimps. One walked between the guide and me, coming within an inch of us.

Another walked right passed my wife brushing her legs as he passed, while we were in the forest it rained. The forest canopy kept us dry but by the time we left many of the routes had flooded. We found chimps with 20 minutes and spent an hour with them; it took us almost 90 minutes to get out of the forest. We continually cut through the forest without a machete, finally finding a dry route. I was exhausted but absolutely thrilled by this encounter. This was my personal favourite trek, but my wife liked the gorilla trek better. After the chimpanzee trek, we went to Kibale Primate Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day six: We departed Kibale National Park for Queen Elizabeth National Park, past the Equator and on to Mweya Safari Lodge. Not only was this Mweya lodge air-conditional but also it has great views from the rooms, lobby and patio of the lake with hippos, water buffaloes and elephants. On the way to the lodge we stopped at a few booths to buy souvenirs. Several elephants were chomping at trees not 30 yards from us.

Day seven: We did a morning game drive at Kasenyi plains while spotting lots of wildlife including elephants, buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, warthogs, we were even lucky and spotted a leopard. In the afternoon we did a boat ride and we saw hippos, crocodiles, water birds, in additional to the water buffalo, elephants etc.

Day eight: The next day we did game drive passing through Ishasha section with Emma pointing out 4 lions in a fig tree. The area is known for these unique tree-climbing lions.  We ate our lunch as we watched them. We then proceeded to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Silver back Lodge. This beautiful, quaint, 12 unit Mweya lodge, for last two nights in Uganda, the lodge has beautiful mountain view, higher- thus cooler elevations, more than friendly staff. They offer free beer or wine two per person per lunch and dinner.

Day nine:  Although there is a gorilla trek entrance a few minutes from the Silver back lodge we had to get up early to drive two hours up the mountain to the easier entry as Emma had promised. We trekked down to the gorillas. Fortunate again, we found gorillas in less than 1hour. Although this trek was easier, it was not easy; however the encounter was beyond amazing. We saw a family of about 16 members including the dominant silver back and two other silver backs as well as females and younger gorillas. There other guests we had met, had suggested we hire a porter when we got to the gorillas trek entry point, which we did. Porters are locals who for $15 would carry your backpack. After the gorilla encounter, we had to climb back up to the road, no small feat at that height, it was quite steep, drove us back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day ten: We left Bwindi Forest for Entebbe International airport. It was a long drive back with a stopover at the Uganda Equator at the gift shop to buy some more souvenirs and a sad farewell to our good guide and driver Emma

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